By Stephen E. Schmid

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents a suite of intellectually stimulating new essays that handle the philosophical concerns with regards to probability, ethics, and different features of mountaineering which are of curiosity to everybody from beginner climbers to professional mountaineers.

  • Represents the 1st number of essays to completely tackle the various philosophical points of mountain climbing
  • Includes essays that problem more often than not authorised perspectives of mountain climbing and mountain climbing ethics
  • Written accessibly, this e-book will entice every person from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written through Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

Content:
Chapter 1 mountaineering and the Stoic perception of Freedom (pages 11–23): Kevin Krein
Chapter 2 threat and gift (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 speedy nutrition (pages 106–116): Ben Levey
Chapter nine Zen and the paintings 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 loose Soloing (pages 158–168): Marcus Agnafors
Chapter thirteen Making Mountains out of lots (pages 169–179): Dale Murray
Chapter 14 From path discovering to Redpointing (pages 181–194): Debora Halbert
Chapter 15 Are You skilled? (pages 195–205): Stephen M. Downes
Chapter sixteen what's a mountain climbing 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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Obviously, being a climber does not preclude one from doing other things with one’s life. One can be a climber and a philosopher – indeed, some are. But many of us recognize that our climbing has involved sacrifices in other arenas of our lives. Climbing can derail our focus on other, possibly more beneficial pursuits. A second criticism is that climbing is an activity that has little social value and only serves the climber’s self-interests. In our focus on climbing, we may neglect responsibilities to our families, communities, and societies.

It’s this additional risk and its potential for real consequences that must be weighed. I mentioned earlier that blindly accepting risk is unjustifiable. Engaging in risky behavior for no reason at all, oblivious to the ramifications of our behavior, is indefensible. If the risks I take climbing start to resemble Russian roulette, and I can’t give a solid, well-reasoned justification for why I am assuming this risk, then I need to call the Moral Mountain Rescue Squad. But justifying risk is complicated because accurately predicting the outcomes of our actions can be hard.

Joy, happiness, glee, and relief can all be found in overcoming difficulties, and the difficulties of climbing can sometimes be extreme. Climbing, though, can lead to an emotion not often found in other sports – serenity. This often comes from the slow pace of climbing and is probably experienced more by the belayer than the climber, or it may waft over the climbers at the end of a climb. In my experience, at least, it is an emotion that lasts longer than the negative emotions that also often accompany a climb: “Yes, I was afraid and frustrated and even angry at my ineptness (and perhaps at my climbing partner), but in spite of all that this was where I wanted to be; I felt as if I could stay here forever, felt as if everything I wanted was at hand.

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