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North Cascades crest : notes and images from America's Alps
Martin, James, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV199.42.C37 M37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Photographer/climber James Martin's North Cascades Crest follows an imaginary traverse from the Canadian border south to Glacier Peak, blending natural history and outdoor adventure. The North Cascades comprise one of the most impressive landscapes in the country, with distinctive sharp peaks, pristine alpine lakes, lush meadows, rushing waterfalls, and numerous glaciers. It is this varied and rugged terrain that has earned the range the moniker of America's Alps. Martin's stunning images capture the spirit and wonder of these mountains, leading readers into a unique wilderness ripe for renewed exploration by climbers, hikers, and armchair adventurers.

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Library Journal Review

Martin has traveled the world, frolicked with wild orangutans, written several successful children's books, and won a battle with cancer, but the Cascades that formed the eastern backdrop to his hometown of Seattle were never far from his thoughts. This book transcends the usual mountaineering guide; Martin writes lovingly of his experiences with the rugged peaks as if making entries in a journal, teaching the reader respect for these mountains. He describes his enchantment with their colorful namesÄInspiration Glacier, Klawatti Peak, Sourdough MountainÄand tells of other people who have found solace in the Cascades, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, people who went on to use their experiences to create memorable poetry and prose. Martin is also a photographer, and his photos leap from the pages with vivid colors and extreme contrasts, reflecting his expressed desire to emulate his hero, Ansel Adams, and his mentor, Art Wolf. Recommended for most public libraries but especially for those in the Pacific Northwest.ÄJoseph L. Carlson, Lompoc, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.