About this book
Pursues a fascinating investigation into our emotional and imaginative responses to mountains, and how these have changed over the last few centuries. Includes chapters on glaciers, geology, the pursuit of fear and the desire to explore the unknown. Winner of the "Guardian" First Book Award in 2003.
Why do so many feel compelled to risk their lives climbing mountains? During the climbing season, one person a day dies in the Alps, and more people die climbing in this season in Scotland than they do on the roads. This title pursues an investigation into our responses to mountains, and how these have changed over the last few centuries.