Teewinot: A Year in th...
Teewinot: A Year in the Teton Range
by Jack Turner
Jack Turner grew up with an image of the Tetons engraved in his mind. As a young man, he climbed the peaks of this singular range with basic climbing gear friends. Later in life, he led treks in India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Tibet, and Peru, but he always returned to the mountains of his youth. He continues to climb the Tetons as a guide for Exum Mountain, Guides, the old...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 10th 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published June 8th 2000)
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Unlike Turner's book that I read a short while ago--Travels in Greater Yellowstone--this book stays more narrowly focused on the Grand Tetons, where he lives. It benefits from this in that his reflections and knowledge are more deeply grounded in a specific sense of place, though it lacks some of the environmental interconnections that were a key part of the reason for the broader reach of the other book. The book circulates around three types of narratives: story of climbs in the Tetons, which...more
Jan 20, 2010 Diana rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I read this book in preparation for a trip out to the Tetons along with climbing school and trekking with Exum guides. It had been a long time since I had read any kind of "sense of place" book and at first I thought it was a little pretentious, but I think Walden comes across that way at first as well (and I still love it). No doubt about it, Jack Turner is opinionated, and I agreed with him about 75% of the time, so I thought it was fun that he didn't hold back (he might, however, piss off tho...more
A wonderful introduction to the Tetons. Through his narration of a climbing guide's year in the mountains, Turner weaves in ecology, cultural history, geology, and lore of Grand Teton National Park. By far the most readable and enjoyable account of the Tetons that I've read so far.
Lessons in mountain climbing from a Zen master. Lesson in Zen from a master climber. All in the setting of America's most glorious and dangerous mountain range--the Grand Tetons. There's more to Jackson Hole than Dick Cheney.