Mountaineering In The Alps (Bjergbestigning i Alperne)
Published 2019, 224 pages
Karina Bell Ottosen, Aarhus Universitetsforlag,
Mountaineering In The Alps
Above the clouds the air is ice-cold, and the only way is up: climbing the rock face with the tips of your fingernails. This book hails what it means to be the first to reach the highest peak, what it means to be the climber, beyond the best of the best, or the first one who can bring knowledge of new plants, ice and atmosphere to the world below on your return. It tells the story about a thirst for knowledge, a courage of audacious proportions that drives British gentlemen, German nationalists and Swiss guides to the top of the highest peaks. It is about the trials and challenges that had to be mastered – from the first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1786 to the conquest of the ultimate climber’s climb: the north face of the Eiger in 1938.
Mountaineering In The Alps book describes how climbing pioneers have transformed mountain climbing from being a conquest in the name of science into an adventurous lifestyle sport; it shows how mountain climbing has inspired us to re-think our relationship to nature, civilization and ourselves.
About the author
Anders Paulsen (b. 1987) holds a cand. mag. degree in history and rhetoric. He has always been fascinated by mountain climbing, and has climbed several of the classic routes, including in the Alps and Norway. Thinking of the rocky coastline of southern Sweden in particular, Paulsen‘s eyes take on a faraway look, his fingers grappling for imaginary ledges, sharp rocks and cuts.
Text translated by Lin Falk van Rooyen