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Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane
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Jan 06, 2009

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bookshelves: travel-and-adventure, read-2009
Read in December, 2009

Enjoyed this sort of history, sort of travelogue, sort of philosophising about the obsession with mountains.

I like mountains but I doubt that I will ever throw my life at one: too much sense? too much fear? not enough obsession/passion? Also, not enough skill.

Mountains of the Mind isn't quite as gripping as a discrete tale of adventure on the big mountains (aka The Vertical Limit; Touching the Void etc) but a more academic and introspective approach; an attempt to answer ,"Why?" with more than Mallory's, "Because it is there." Or, rather, an attempt to draw out why "because it is there" is a perfectly good answer.

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