Why We Climb
Why We Climb
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Why We Climb

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Why We Climb by John Burgman explores the physical, mental and anthropological roots of rock climbing. There are currently thousands indoor rock climbing gyms in the United States, and thanks to recent feats like the "freeing of The Dawn Wall" by climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, the sport's popularity is booming like never before. Why We Climb: A Dirtbag's Quest for Vertical Reason, a new book by John Burgman, puts a finger on the pulse of rock climbing and analyzes what makes the sport so contemporary and yet, also so ancient and timeless. The book has been described as "The Endless Summer meets the mountains," and it is available now from Ground Up Publishing (www.grounduppublishing.com). In the book, Burgman explores the physical, mental and spiritual underpinnings of climbing and intersperses his own narrative with insight from experts all over the world. Countless rock climbing books have been written over the years, but a vast majority of them have been guidebooks d...