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To the mountains : a collection of New Zealand alpine writing / selected by Laurence Fearnley & Paul Hersey.

By: Fearnley, Laurence, 1963-.
Contributor(s): Hersey, Paul, 1967- [compiler.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, 2018Description: 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781988531205; 1988531209.Subject(s): Mountaineering -- New Zealand -- Anecdotes | Mountaineering -- Anecdotes | Mountaineers -- New Zealand | Mountains -- New ZealandGenre/Form: Anecdotes.Summary: A schoolgirl races from class to join a weekend trip to the hills. A mountaineering guide recalls his first weeks on the job during the 1920s. A young climber is shown the best route over the Main Divide by a big bull thar. A climbing party is bombarded by falling rock when Ruapehu suddenly erupts. A mountaineer pays tribute to the Maori guides from South Westland, while a fighter pilot tries to recapture an ascent of the Minarets from his tent in Nigeria during World War II. From the Durrans of Fiordland to Denali in Alaska, New Zealand climbers, both experienced and recreational have captured their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material, Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, two top contemporary authors, have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealand's mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.
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A schoolgirl races from class to join a weekend trip to the hills. A mountaineering guide recalls his first weeks on the job during the 1920s. A young climber is shown the best route over the Main Divide by a big bull tahr. A climbing party is bombarded by falling rock when Ruapehu suddenly erupts. A mountaineer pays tribute to the Māori guides from south Westland, while a fighter pilot tries to recapture an ascent of the Minarets from his tent in Nigeria during World War II. From the Darrans of Fiordland to Denali in Alaska, New Zealand climbers, both experienced and recreational, have captured their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material, Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, two top contemporary authors, have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealands mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.

Includes bibliographical references.

A schoolgirl races from class to join a weekend trip to the hills. A mountaineering guide recalls his first weeks on the job during the 1920s. A young climber is shown the best route over the Main Divide by a big bull thar. A climbing party is bombarded by falling rock when Ruapehu suddenly erupts. A mountaineer pays tribute to the Maori guides from South Westland, while a fighter pilot tries to recapture an ascent of the Minarets from his tent in Nigeria during World War II. From the Durrans of Fiordland to Denali in Alaska, New Zealand climbers, both experienced and recreational have captured their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material, Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, two top contemporary authors, have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealand's mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • A Writing Climber: An introduction to New Zealand alpine literature (p. 9)
  • Mountains with Words (p. 19)
  • Editors' Note (p. 25)
  • Part 1 Approach
  • Castle Hill, 2003 (p. 29)
  • Young, Short and Loving It (p. 30)
  • Child Explorer on the Milford Track (1889) (p. 32)
  • From Journals, 1833-1873 (p. 35)
  • From Peaks, Packs, and Mountain Tracks (p. 36)
  • From The Explorer (p. 42)
  • From Mixed Grill (p. 48)
  • Guiding Memories at the Hermitage and Franz Josef 1929-1938 (p. 51)
  • From Mountain Midsummer: Climbing in four continents (p. 55)
  • Climbing (p. 58)
  • From Going Up Is Easy (p. 60)
  • From Mountain Solitudes: Solo journeys in the Southern Alps of New Zealand (p. 66)
  • The Reconnaissance of Mt. Evans (p. 69)
  • Alpine Reflections: A values-based approach to climbing (p. 74)
  • Tokens of the Spirit: Exploring objectivity, emotions and fate in the Southern Alps (p. 77)
  • Ancestors (p. 82)
  • Fire and Ice (p. 83)
  • Part 2 Climb
  • From Hero Stories of New Zealand (p. 87)
  • The Climb of the Ancient Mariners (p. 91)
  • From The Naturalist (p. 97)
  • Letter to W.J.P. Hodgkins describing an ascent of Mt Earnslaw, 1894 (p. 101)
  • Account of Expeditions up the Matukituki River, 1909 and 1911 (p. 106)
  • First to the Summit: Mitre Peak, Milford Sound (p. 110)
  • Maori Mountaineers of South Westland (p. 115)
  • From Freda du Faur: Southern Alps 1909-1913 (p. 125)
  • From The Conquest of Mount Cook and other climbs (p. 130)
  • Letter describing a five-day camping trip from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef Glacier, 1926 (p. 134)
  • Karangarua-Landsborough (p. 136)
  • From The Hut Builder (p. 137)
  • Cushioning the Blow (p. 144)
  • From Yunnan 1938: Account of a journey in south-west China (p. 145)
  • Letter to Jim Rose from Everest Base Camp, 2 June 1953 (p. 151)
  • The First Clyde Ascent of Mount Everest (p. 155)
  • Five Feet from the Gods: Kanchenjunga, 1955 (p. 159)
  • A Ridge Too Far: The first female ascent of Denali's Cassin Ridge (p. 166)
  • High Hopes (p. 172)
  • From Mountain Midsummer: Climbing in four continents (p. 173)
  • Anonymous, Ngauruhoe (1965) (p. 181)
  • Plateaunic Melodrama (p. 182)
  • Economic Man (p. 185)
  • Oh Where Have You Been My Blue-eyed Sons? (p. 188)
  • Part 3 Epic
  • From The High Alps of New Zealand (1882) (p. 193)
  • Hongi's Track (p. 198)
  • Letter to Mavis Davidson, 1971 (p. 203)
  • White as a Sheet (p. 205)
  • Ruapehu, 23 September 1995, 5.08pm. (p. 209)
  • From Expeditions (p. 212)
  • Avalanche (p. 218)
  • Anonymous, A Solitary Climber (1906) (p. 220)
  • A Pioneer Phase (p. 222)
  • From High Misadventure: New Zealand mountaineering tragedies and survival stories (p. 227)
  • From Among Secret Beauties (p. 234)
  • Summit of Dreams (p. 236)
  • From The Heart of the Bush (1910) (p. 241)
  • Climbs at the Head of the Franz Josef (1933) (p. 248)
  • From Two Against the Alps (p. 254)
  • Under the Mountain; An ascent of La Perouse from the Cook River (p. 264)
  • Never Let the Facts ... (p. 270)
  • Part 4 Reflection
  • From Wind from a Distant Summit (p. 279)
  • From Wall of Shadows (p. 281)
  • Never (p. 284)
  • From Beyond the Snowline (p. 285)
  • Flight, with Mountains (p. 288)
  • From Harry's Absence: Looking for my father on the mountain (p. 291)
  • Gifford, Talbot and Grenfell (p. 298)
  • A Tribute from Ed Hillary (p. 302)
  • Letter to Jim Glasgow, 1954 (p. 304)
  • From Great Days in New Zealand Mountaineering (p. 306)
  • Speech presented at 'Summits for Suffrage', 1993 (p. 308)
  • From Going Up Is Easy (p. 313)
  • From Protection (p. 315)
  • Incantation (p. 319)
  • West on Sunset (p. 322)
  • Quail Flat, 1960 (p. 326)
  • Passing Generations in the Hopkins (p. 327)
  • From Wind from a Distant Summit (p. 329)
  • Many Happy Returns (p. 331)
  • Letter from Nigeria, 1942 (p. 336)
  • Man in the Landscape (p. 338)
  • Notes on Extracts (p. 341)
  • Sources (p. 363)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 370)