Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams

Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams

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A cat-footed exploration of the vaporous fantasies, deceptions, and obsessions of the climbing world, this book is a noble successor to Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind, but also, in a way, to Calvino's Invisible Cities. It is, in every sense of the word, dreamy. -- Robert Moor, best-selling author of On Trails: An Exploration

  • Author is a renowned writer in international climbing community
  • Fascinating story of hoax that inspired a quest for a North American Shangri-La
  • Vivid recounting of fabled mountains from across the world
Using an infamous deception about a fake mountain range in British Columbia as her jumping-off point, Katie Ives, the well-known editor of Alpinist, explores the lure of blank spaces on the map and the value of the imagination. In Imaginary Peaks she details the cartographical mystery of the Riesenstein Hoax within the larger context of climbing history and the seemingly endless quest for newly discovered peaks and claims of first ascents. Imaginary Peaks is an evocative, thought-provoking tale, immersed in the literature of exploration, study of maps, and basic human desire.

Author: Katie Ives
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Published: 09/14/2021
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.03lbs
Size: 9.03h x 6.37w x 0.98d
ISBN: 9781680515411

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 08/13/2021 pg. 1
Shelf Awareness 10/01/2021