Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone by Stephen E. Schmid

By Stephen E. Schmid

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents a set of intellectually stimulating new essays that handle the philosophical matters with regards to hazard, ethics, and different points of mountain climbing which are of curiosity to every body from amateur climbers to pro mountaineers.

  • Represents the 1st number of essays to completely deal with the various philosophical elements of mountain climbing
  • Includes essays that problem typically approved perspectives of mountain climbing and mountaineering ethics
  • Written accessibly, this ebook will attract everybody from amateur climbers to professional mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written via Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

Chapter 1 mountain climbing and the Stoic perception of Freedom (pages 11–23): Kevin Krein
Chapter 2 possibility and present (pages 24–36): Paul Charlton
Chapter three Why Climb? (pages 37–48): Joe Fitschen
Chapter four Jokers at the Mountain (pages 49–64): Heidi Howkins Lockwood
Chapter five excessive Aspirations (pages 65–80): Brian Treanor
Chapter 6 greater than Meets the “I” (pages 81–92): Pam R. Sailors
Chapter 7 hiking and the worth of Self?Sufficiency (pages 93–105): Philip A. Ebert and Simon Robertson
Chapter eight It Ain't quickly nutrients (pages 106–116): Ben Levey
Chapter nine Zen and the paintings of hiking (pages 117–129): Eric Swan
Chapter 10 Freedom and Individualism at the Rocks (pages 131–144): Dane Scott
Chapter eleven carry production (pages 145–157): William Ramsey
Chapter 12 The Ethics of loose Soloing (pages 158–168): Marcus Agnafors
Chapter thirteen Making Mountains out of tons (pages 169–179): Dale Murray
Chapter 14 From direction discovering to Redpointing (pages 181–194): Debora Halbert
Chapter 15 Are You skilled? (pages 195–205): Stephen M. Downes
Chapter sixteen what's a mountain climbing Grade besides? (pages 206–217): Richard G. Graziano
Chapter 17 the wonderful thing about a Climb (pages 218–229): Gunnar Karlsen

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Some propose approaching risk in terms of weighted probabilities, a logically coherent approach that considers both the value of a potential outcome and the likelihood that it will occur. But splitting hairs about probabilities may be trumped by an imprecise way of deciding how much a particular experience is worth to us. Is the experience of climbing K2 more valuable than the experience of climbing Mt. Rainier? If yes, then how much more valuable is it – 10 times more valuable? 1,000 times more valuable?

Indd 43 43 5/4/2010 3:53:14 PM practiced, rock climbing is probably the slowest of physical sports. A given move may take minutes (even if successful), and a climb can take days. I well remember one pitch of about 120 feet that took my partner, Royal Robbins, ten hours to lead (that amounts to five minutes for each foot of elevation gained). That happened to be a pitch that required difficult direct aid, but free climbing often proceeds slowly as well. A sudden move may cost the climber her slim purchase on a foothold.

However, risk accepted with deliberation can be ethically justified. When we utilize Mill’s framework, we may find that it pushes us in new directions. indd 34 PAU L C HARLTO N 5/4/2010 3:53:03 PM through the experience. Climbing can bring about tremendous amounts of happiness. Moreover, it can positively transform the lives of climbers, leading to valuable personal evolution that greatly enriches their lives and what they can contribute to the world. We cannot overlook that. Charlie was a deliberate and reflective climber.

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