"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.