Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone by Stephen E. Schmid

By Stephen E. Schmid

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents a suite of intellectually stimulating new essays that deal with the philosophical concerns in terms of danger, ethics, and different facets of mountaineering which are of curiosity to every person from amateur climbers to professional mountaineers.

  • Represents the 1st number of essays to solely handle the numerous philosophical points of hiking
  • Includes essays that problem in general authorised perspectives of mountain climbing and mountain climbing ethics
  • Written accessibly, this booklet will attract each person from amateur climbers to professional mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written via Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

Content:
Chapter 1 mountaineering and the Stoic belief of Freedom (pages 11–23): Kevin Krein
Chapter 2 possibility and present (pages 24–36): Paul Charlton
Chapter three Why Climb? (pages 37–48): Joe Fitschen
Chapter four Jokers at the Mountain (pages 49–64): Heidi Howkins Lockwood
Chapter five excessive Aspirations (pages 65–80): Brian Treanor
Chapter 6 greater than Meets the “I” (pages 81–92): Pam R. Sailors
Chapter 7 hiking and the price of Self?Sufficiency (pages 93–105): Philip A. Ebert and Simon Robertson
Chapter eight It Ain't quick nutrition (pages 106–116): Ben Levey
Chapter nine Zen and the artwork of mountain climbing (pages 117–129): Eric Swan
Chapter 10 Freedom and Individualism at the Rocks (pages 131–144): Dane Scott
Chapter eleven carry production (pages 145–157): William Ramsey
Chapter 12 The Ethics of unfastened Soloing (pages 158–168): Marcus Agnafors
Chapter thirteen Making Mountains out of lots (pages 169–179): Dale Murray
Chapter 14 From direction discovering to Redpointing (pages 181–194): Debora Halbert
Chapter 15 Are You skilled? (pages 195–205): Stephen M. Downes
Chapter sixteen what's a hiking Grade besides? (pages 206–217): Richard G. Graziano
Chapter 17 the wonderful thing about a Climb (pages 218–229): Gunnar Karlsen

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It can also be fun (pleasurable) to move quickly over easier ground, taking delight in the rhythm of constant but varied motion. The sources of aesthetic pleasure vary widely from individual to individual, but in climbing it largely comes from the field of play, the natural environment. It is easy to think of vast vistas, soaring peaks, jutting crags – something along the lines of the paintings of the nineteenth-century American landscape artists. There is, however, pleasure to be found in the small, the close at hand.

In a general sense, the pleasures of climbing can be found in other activities. Athletes of all stripes, for instance, probably experience some kind of physical pleasure in their sport. But I would maintain that the character or quality of the pleasures is different. Here I want to consider rock climbing, although similar considerations could be developed for mountaineering or high-altitude climbing as well. As usually W HY CLIMB ? indd 43 43 5/4/2010 3:53:14 PM practiced, rock climbing is probably the slowest of physical sports.

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone, Because It’s There Edited by Stephen E. Schmid © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd except for editorial material and organization © 2010 Stephen E. Schmid As a rule, people do not ask why others engage in a particular sport, but climbing seems to invite the question the way talus attracts falling rocks. A friend who is a fencer has told me that he has been asked the question, perhaps because fencing doesn’t leap to mind when one thinks of American sports. We may suppose that Cyrano knows.

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