The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier

by Bruce Barcott

Hardcover, 1997




Sasquatch Books (1997), Edition: First Edition, 288 pages

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LibraryThing member disneypope
well-written and helped me know The Mountain and appreciate it when it's out.
LibraryThing member JechtShot
At 14,411 feet (summit elevation), Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington State and is considered a starting ground for those wishing to try their luck with Everest. The Measure of a Mountain, is the story of one man's obsession with Mount Rainier. Bruce Barcott shares his findings on the history of the mountain, his personal quest to circumnavigate Rainier via the 92 mile Wonderland Trail and ultimately his journey to the summit.

Barcott's writing style reminded me of a healthy blend of Bill Bryson and Jon Krakauer; the wit of Bryson with the intensity and journalistic flare of Krakauer. The story jumps between Barcott's personal experiences and a history lesson of the mountain. I personally would have liked if the book focused more on his personal accounts, but it was interesting to read about the geology, flora and fauna of this great Pacific Northwest landmark nonetheless. I would highly recommend this book to any mountain/climbing book enthusiasts.
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LibraryThing member FireandIce
Barcott's style is the illegitimate lovechild of Bill Bryson and Jon Krakauer. This book is informative as well as humorous. If you like the great outdoors (with a healthy dose of history and botany), it's a great read.


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