Dawn L. Hollis challenges the belief in academia that people did not care for mountains until they began climbing them at the end of the eighteenth century. Further, she studies why an institution such as the British Alpine Club would react so strongly against the premise that the love people have for mountains is nothing new.
In this Tool Users story from Alpinist 57, Paula Wright shines a light on the evolution of the headlamp. Since some climbers were still carrying flashlights in their mouths as late as the early 1970s, it seems that we have only recently emerged into a more illuminated age.
Part steel, part aluminum, and with Dyneema cord in place of a metal bar to connect the two halves, Mike Lewis finds that the Petzl Irvis Hybrid Crampons hit a nice balance between durability and lightweight packability. He would have awarded them five stars if not for one shortcoming. 4 out of 5 stars
Mountain Profile Essays | Jannu (Kumbhakarna)

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[This week, we're sharing four essays from our Mountain Profile of Jannu (Kumbhakarna). Read all four essays by Graeme Dingle, Naoe Sakashita, Sergey Kofanov and Dawa Sherpa. For all 30 pages of the profile, including the main article by Paul Hersey and Andy Lindblade, pick up a copy of Alpinist 57 in our online store or else subscribe. --Ed]

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