Published in 2007 Alaska Ascents, edited by Bill Sherwonit, chronicles many highly acclaimed first ascents by some of the pioneers in Alaska climbing as well as epics climbs on well known Alaskan peaks.
Exerpts of writings by Fred Beckey, Jim Bridwell, Riccardo Cassin, Art Davidson, Royal Robbins, David Roberts, Bradford Washburn, Jon Waterman and others.
Climbs featured in Alaska Ascents include the 1900 climb of Mount St. Elias, Dora Keen's first ascent of Mount Blackburn in 1913, Sherman's 1965 climb of Mount Fairweather as well as Krakauer's Devil's Thumb climb in 1990.
The 1939 account of Washburn as the team summitted Mount St. Agnes (a.k.a. Mount Mary Baker) in the Chugach Range as well as 2 climbs in the Brooks Range serve as bookends for 10 climbs featured around Denali and the Alaska Range.
For historians of Alaska climbing the descriptions of climbs chronicling the 1910 Sourdough Expedition
and exerpts of The Mountain of My Fear
Publishing Date: August 2007
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Format: Paperback, 296pages
Editorial ReviewsFrom Library Journal
Sherwonit has proven his exciting adventure-writing ability most recently in Alaska's Accessible Wilderness (Alaska Northwest, 1996). Here, he demonstrates his perspicacious appreciation of other writers' craft in a riveting anthology that highlights the state's challenging mountain peaks. Through firsthand accounts of mountain experiences the enticement of Alaska's peaks becomes tangible to the reader. Each piece effectively captures the intensity of the undertaking and the emotions and challenges relating to a climb. Sherwonit conveniently divides the material into four geographical areas that allow for a greater focus and comparison of approaches and techniques. He has put together a fine compendium of mountain literature highlights.
"A riveting anthology...Each piece effectively captures the intensity of the undertaking and the emotions and challenges relating to each climb...A fine compendium of mountain literature highlights." -- Library Journal
""A riveting anthology that highlights the state's challenging mountain peaks...through firsthand accounts."