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Unjustifiable Risk? The Story of British Climbing

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Unjustifiable Risk? The Story of British Climbing.

Idioma: INGLÉS.
Autor: Simon Thompson.
Publicado 16 Julio 2010.
1ª edición.
ISBN 9781852846275.
A social, economic and cultural history of British rock climbing and mountaineering charting the conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of those who have shaped its development over 200 years. Today’s climbers share a desire to escape from urban society but what makes them take that unjustifiable risk?

To an impartial observer, Britain does not appear to have any mountains. Yet the British invented the sport of mountain climbing and for two periods in history British climbers led the world in the pursuit of this beautiful and dangerous obsession. Unjustifiable Risk? is the story of the social, economic and cultural conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of the scientists and poets, parsons and anarchists, villains and judges, ascetics and drunks that have shaped its development over the past two hundred years.

Climbing has both reflected and influenced changing social attitudes to nature and beauty, heroism and death. Over the years, increasing wealth, leisure and mobility have gradually transformed the sport from an activity undertaken by an eccentric and privileged minority into a popular part of the leisure and tourist industry. But while much has changed, even more has remained the same. Today’s climbers would be instantly recognisable to their Victorian predecessors, with their desire to escape from the crowded complexity of urban life, and willingness to take potentially unjustifiable risks in pursuit of beauty, adventure and self-fulfilment.






Chapter 1 Introduction

strong>Chapter 2 Before 1854: In Search of the Sublime
From gloom to glory
Aesthetes and heroes
Chapter 3 1854–65: A Conscious Divinity

Chapter 4 1865–1914: Gentlemen and Gymnasts
The Alps
The Lake District
North Wales
Scotland
Outcrops
The Greater Ranges

Chapter 5 1914–39: Organised Cowardice
The Lake District
North Wales
Scotland
Outcrops
The Alps
The Greater Ranges

Chapter 6 1939–70: Hard Men in an Affluent Society
North Wales
The Lake District
Scotland
Outcrops
The Alps
The Greater Ranges

Chapter 7 After 1970: Reinventing the Impossible
Rock climbing
Mountaineering

Chapter 8 Because it’s there?
Notes
List of Photographs

Appendix I A Note on Grades
Appendix II Glossary of Climbing Terms
Selected Bibliography
Index



Leslie Stephen (right) with his guide and lifelong friend Melchior Anderegg, c1870. (Photo: Alpine Club)



First meet of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club at the Wastwater Hotel, Easter 1907. (Photo: Abrahams Brothers’ Collection/FRCC)



Edward Norton at 28,100ft on Everest, 4 June 1924. (Photo: Noel family/Alpine Club)



Joe Brown making the first ascent of The Right Unconquerable on Stanage, April 1949. (Photo: Ernest Phillips/ Gordon Stainforth)



John Streetly on the first ascent of Bloody Slab, Clogwyn du’r Arddu, 10 June 1952. (Photo: Wrangham family/Gordon Stainforth)



Doug Scott on the first ascent of The Scoop, Sron Ulladale, June 1969. (Photo: Ken Wilson)



Ian Clough on the South Face of Annapurna, May 1970. (Photo: Chris Bonington)



Dougal Haston arriving on the summit of Everest at dusk on 24 September 1975. (Photo: Doug Scott)