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Continental Divide

A History of American Mountaineering


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A story of adventure and aspiration in the high peaks that makes a vivid case for the importance of mountains to American national identity.

In Continental Divide, a Banff Prize-winner tells the history of American mountaineering through four centuries of landmark climbs and first ascents. Maurice Isserman traces the evolving social, cultural and political roles mountains played in shaping the country.


Commended — National Outdoor Book Award, 2016