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High worlds of the mountain climber by Bob and Ira Spring ~1959~ Mountaineering - Cultural Heritage Books

High Worlds of the Mountain Climber by Bob and Ira Spring


Seattle : Superior Publishing Co., 1959. First edition, stated! Hardcover. 142 pages : B/W photographs (some color), portraits ; 28 cm. In original price clipped dust jacket. Clean, gently used, and a previous owner name written on the front free endpaper otherwise no other marking in book.

By BOB and IRA SPRING with Harvey Manning

As mountains are a challenge to climbers, so is this book a match for the most unassailable face. Mountains are a challenge to climbers Bob and Ira Spring too but they have an added purpose, to capture in the camera lens the essence of the great bulk, pinnacle or crevasse which represents the climbing obstacle. If this is the "soul" of the mountain, the Springs approach some divine interpretation.

HIGH WORLDS OF THE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER Is a mountaineer's mountain book. Author Manning writes to those intrepid individuals who, like himself, rope up and carry ice axes, but he allows a curious public to peer over his shoulder. And who is not curious? For here is a world of high places, a world of sheer rock, ice and solitude, comparatively few people ever see and most people cannot imagine.

Here are stories of pioneers, Indians, exploratory trips and early ascents of the Northwest mountains with a general coverage of the entire Western Ranges of the United States, Canada and Alaska. The reader finds fascinating adventures of such famous climbers as Hazard Stevens in his first known ascent of Mt. Rainier; Ome Daiber and his daring climb of the Willis Wall; Coleman and his unique troubles in the ascent of Mt. Baker; Wolf Bauer who inaugurated the first climbing school and mountain rescue organization in the U. S.

In HIGH WORLDS OF THE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER the Northwest mountains take on color, life and character and present with dramatic impact some of the awe-inspiring barriers and pitfalls in the work of climbing them.


Bob and Ira Spring find themselves at th photographic best in the mountains ajid tl have covered many in searching for pict stories. As members of Seattle Mountaineers they began to sharpen an early skill with the camera and used it to detail trips for their own enjoyment. Then came magazine and newspaper a signments and full time professional work.

Patience rather than daring characterizes Spring excellence in mountain views. In their projects for the major picture publications and those in the home and general field, they spend many long days and weeks in rain or snow, camped in readiness for good picture conditions. They do their own processing work with the same painstaking care. And with the years the Spring quality of subject, composition, tone and contrasi has reached a high point of public appreciation.

Harvey Manning is a mountain climber of e; tensive experience in the Western Ranges an member of the Seattle Mountaineers. He edits the club's regular bulletin, is general editor of a forthcoming textbook on climbing procedures and has lectured for many years on all phases o mountain work.

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