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Bringing the mountain home

Author: SueEllen Campbell
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A deeply loved landscape holds us fast to the planet, says Sue Ellen Campbell, in this engaging exploration of our relationships with wild places. What lies at the core of such love? What draws us to a windblown mountaintop, the slickrock desert, the crash and roar of a whitewater river? What desires shape our wilderness journeys - backpacking, rafting, hiking - and what events, emotions, and ideas shape the stories
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Campbell, SueEllen.
Bringing the mountain home.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)957305409
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: SueEllen Campbell
ISBN: 0816516162 cloth 9780816516162 cloth 0816516170 paper 9780816516179 paper
OCLC Number: 34190682
Description: xii, 118 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Desire --
Equipment --
Finding the way --
Pristine --
Trudging --
Grandeur --
Misery --
Paying attention to detail --
Wildflowers --
Wild animals --
Fear --
Stunned by beauty --
The elements --
Basking in the sun --
Grubby --
Exotic --
Abundance --
The rare --
On the mountain --
Coming down.
Responsibility: SueEllen Campbell.

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A deeply loved landscape holds us fast to the planet, says Sue Ellen Campbell, in this engaging exploration of our relationships with wild places. What lies at the core of such love? What draws us to a windblown mountaintop, the slickrock desert, the crash and roar of a whitewater river? What desires shape our wilderness journeys - backpacking, rafting, hiking - and what events, emotions, and ideas shape the stories we tell about them? Campbell explores these questions.

Through personal narratives that float between memoir and meditation, nature essay and adventure story. She travels to a remote spot in Kenya, where thousands of flamingos "encircle the geysers and carpet the glassy lake." In the rainforests of Dominica, she marvels at parrots as "bits of green forest tipped with scarlet and given wing." But always she returns to the intimate landscapes of her home in the Rocky Mountain and desert West. There, a trudge into the Grand.

Canyon becomes a pilgrimage into the earth's immensity. Layers of personal grubbiness offer an introduction to geology, and a comical obsession with equipment hints at how to live in the moment. A climb up a familiar mountain turns into a brush with death. By turns celebratory, funny, lyrical, and down-to-earth, Campbell's is an exuberant new voice that will appeal to many readers. Lovers of the outdoors, armchair travelers, and students of nature writing will find in.

This book a field guide to the emotions and ideas set loose in us by wild places.

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