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Peak Pursuits: The Emergence of Mountaineering in the Nineteenth Century

Caroline Schaumann


European forays to mountain summits began in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with the search for plants and minerals and the study of geology and glaciers. Yet scientists were soon captivated by the enterprise of climbing itself, enthralled with the views and the prospect of “conquering” alpine summits. Inspired by Romantic notions of nature, early mountaineers idealized their endeavors as sublime experiences, all the while deliberately measuring what they saw. As increased leisure time and advances in infrastructure and equipment opened up once formidable mountain regions t ... More

Keywords: exploration, mountaineering, nineteenth century, climbing, Andes, Alps, Sierra Nevada, Anthropocene, wilderness, early mountaineers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300231946
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300231946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Schaumann, author
Emory University