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From the American Alpine Club Press, the long-awaited fourteenth issue of the premiere collection of mountaineering writing, photography, and art. For three generations of American climbers and mountaineers, Ascent has represented the literary and photographic pinnacle of creative self-expression. Published almost annually from 1967 to 1984, each edition of Ascent was greeted with universal acclaim by the world climbing community. Edited by legendary Yosemite climbing pioneers Allen Steck and Steve Roper (and joined this year by former Canadian Alpine Journal editor David Harris), Ascent launched the careers of such well-known authors and photographers as Galen Rowell, Jeff Long, Gordon Wiltsie, Ed Webster, and others. Now published by the American Alpine Club, Ascent is the first new edition of this renowned journal in 15 years. As in previous editions, Ascent contains the full spectrum of climbing, writing, photography and art. Contributions to this new edition range from adventure narratives to fiction, to humor by such authors as John Harlin, Steph Davis, and Bob Viola. Two 8-page color inserts feature the best of modern climbing art and a photo-essay by some of mountaineering's finest photographers.

  • Fresh and original essays, fiction and photography from climbing's rising stars
  • Ascent sets the standard for mountaineering writing
  • Editors Allen Steck and Steve Roper are two of climbing's best-known names