Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone by Stephen E. Schmid

By Stephen E. Schmid

Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone presents a set of intellectually stimulating new essays that handle the philosophical concerns in relation to possibility, ethics, and different facets of hiking which are of curiosity to everybody from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers.

  • Represents the 1st number of essays to completely handle the various philosophical features of hiking
  • Includes essays that problem generally permitted perspectives of hiking and mountain climbing ethics
  • Written accessibly, this booklet will attract every body from beginner climbers to pro mountaineers
  • Includes a foreword written by means of Hans Florine
  • Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, 2010

Chapter 1 hiking and the Stoic belief of Freedom (pages 11–23): Kevin Krein
Chapter 2 chance and gift (pages 24–36): Paul Charlton
Chapter three Why Climb? (pages 37–48): Joe Fitschen
Chapter four Jokers at the Mountain (pages 49–64): Heidi Howkins Lockwood
Chapter five excessive Aspirations (pages 65–80): Brian Treanor
Chapter 6 greater than Meets the “I” (pages 81–92): Pam R. Sailors
Chapter 7 mountain climbing and the price of Self?Sufficiency (pages 93–105): Philip A. Ebert and Simon Robertson
Chapter eight It Ain't quickly foodstuff (pages 106–116): Ben Levey
Chapter nine Zen and the artwork of mountaineering (pages 117–129): Eric Swan
Chapter 10 Freedom and Individualism at the Rocks (pages 131–144): Dane Scott
Chapter eleven carry production (pages 145–157): William Ramsey
Chapter 12 The Ethics of unfastened Soloing (pages 158–168): Marcus Agnafors
Chapter thirteen Making Mountains out of lots (pages 169–179): Dale Murray
Chapter 14 From course discovering to Redpointing (pages 181–194): Debora Halbert
Chapter 15 Are You skilled? (pages 195–205): Stephen M. Downes
Chapter sixteen what's a mountain climbing Grade besides? (pages 206–217): Richard G. Graziano
Chapter 17 the wonderful thing about a Climb (pages 218–229): Gunnar Karlsen

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The quality of our happiness is important, and climbing can bring high-quality joy to our lives. Anyone who has climbed will attest to that. Alongside this is the happiness associated with close friendships fostered in the mountains. The bond between climbing partners is unique, tempered as it is by intense, challenging trials. Years of experiences in the mountains with Charlie created a friendship that brought – and still brings – immense joy to my life. Climbing can foster a type of closeness with another human being that becomes a lifelong source for happiness.

We acquire certain tastes and become sated by others. But in the here and now, an action or a stimulus either pleases us or it doesn’t. In either case, it can be a motive for further actions or experiences. All this should be obvious. What is not so obvious, perhaps, is the source of our pleasures. Again, I would suggest evolution. If one takes pleasure in sexual activity, one is more likely to reproduce. If one takes pleasure in physical activity, one is more likely to be physically fit. If one likes the warm feelings of friendship, one is more likely not to face the world alone.

We do our best to predict short-term and long-term outcomes, and we consider how all others will be affected by each of these factors. Ultimately, we carry out this sort of evaluation for each of the options available to us in our lives, then choose that option which maximizes total happiness. If climbing is not the option that maximizes total happiness, then we should not choose it. Not all of these risks or rewards will be present for all climbers. People will add and subtract other costs and benefits to the mix.

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