Of men and mountains

by William O. Douglas

Hardcover, 1950




New York, Harper [1950]


"When Bill Douglas was a child he nearly died of infantile paralysis. To build back the strength of his wasted legs, he started hiking through the sage-covered foothills around his home in Yakima, Washington. The cure worked; and year by year he pushed his explorations further into the tangled, rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Of men and mountains is a book of personal adventure and discovery. It is an account of the way Douglas and other men found a richer life in the mountains, and how they found something else besides. In such country, Douglas has noted, 'men can find deep solitude, and under conditions of grandeur that are startling, he can come to know both himself and God.'"--Cover, page 4.

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LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
William Douglas loved the outdoors. There is no mistaking that. He also had an enthusiasm for sharing that love with others. From a young age Douglas found a friendship with the mountains outside his home in Washington state. The mountains of Adams and Rainier became his getaway retreats. As he states in his forward (p x) to Of Men and Mountains, "I learned early that the richness of life is found in adventure." Amen to that. His book combines the history of the mountains with Douglas's lifelong enthusiasm, making it an infectious read. He covers the mountain adventures of his entire life, from boyhood to adulthood and I wanted to get out and hike immediately after hearing them.… (more)



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