The naked mountaineer : misadventures of an Alpine traveler / Steve Sieberson ; foreword by Lou Whittaker.

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      Summary: The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world's most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. However, it is far from the typical heroic mountain-expedition book. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. His real adventures involved peculiar people, strange foods, and tropical diseases, rather than pitons, ice axes, and carabiners. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who reveled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan. The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport. These are rollicking tales, filled with the unexpected.
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      Where climbers are made -- The naked mountaineer: Matterhorn, Switzerland, 14,692' -- Pitching the Horseshoe: Snowdon, Wales, 3,560' -- The unorthodox climber: Mount Athos, Greece, 6,670' -- Climbing backward: Gorge of Samaria, Greece -- No Gods but me: Mount Olympus, Greece, 9,570', and Mount Olympus, Washington, 7,965' -- Crawling for sushi: Mount Fuji, Japan, 12,388' -- Knickers in a twist: Mount Vesuvius, Italy, 4,200' -- Twin Peaks in paradise: Gunung Agung, Bali, Indonesia, 10,308' -- Expedition to nowhere: Carstensz Pyramid, Papua, Indonesia, 16,024' -- The mountaineer unplugged: Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 13,435' -- Northern exposure: Galdhøpiggen, Norway, 8,100' -- So the last shall be first: Mount St. Helens, Washington, 9,677' and 8,363'.
    • ISBN:
      9780803248793 (paperback : alk. paper)
      0803248792 (paperback : alk. paper)
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Booklist Reviews 2014 September #2

*Starred Review* Among a small but growing segment of our population, mountain climbing by amateurs is on the rise, provided the climbers have the necessary physical and financial assets. Even Everest and other Himalayan peaks are now the target of increasing hordes of climbers. Sieberson has a successful career as a lawyer and academician, but he is hardly an amateur climber. He has been climbing challenging peaks for more than 40 years and has led rescue teams in the Pacific Northwest. Yet, in his absorbing and often humorous memoir, he conveys the sense of wonder, enthusiasm, and pure love of mountain climbing characteristic of a newcomer to the sport. Sieberson goes beyond the technical aspects of climbing, although there is still enough of that to interest serious climbers. He also provides charming observations of both the physical and cultural characteristics of the towns and regions he visits. As he moves from the Swiss Alps to Wales, Greece, and Indonesia, Sieberson offers a series of vignettes that combine the genres of history and travel narrative, and then returns to his enduring passion for the ascent of the mountain. For climbing and travel enthusiasts, this will be a treasured read. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 October #1

Author and lawyer Sieberson enjoys his hobby, which has taken him around the globe and to the top of many of the world's mountains. His mountaineering trials and tribulations provide ample fodder for this informative and amusing book. This is not an in-depth description of climbing or near-death experiences but rather one of opportunities found and missed alike. Sieberson's writing style is conversational, and even someone with no knowledge of mountaineering can enjoy his experience of triumph and woe (which often prove to be the same story when there's local water or bad weather involved) while attempting to scale some of the grandest peaks. He makes his adventures seem possible, and his account might even convince some readers to put on a pair of hiking boots. VERDICT Fans of Bill Bryson and anyone who has thought about climbing a mountain will enjoy this charming account of one man's trek to various parts of the world, though it is unlikely to impress anyone who is a professional climber.—Sara Miller Rohan, Archive Librarian, Atlanta

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