The Production of Climbing Landscapes-as-Texts

Authors: Nettlefold, P. A.1; Stratford, E.2

Source: Australian Geographical Studies, Volume 37, Number 2, July 1999 , pp. 130-141(12)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

Climbing landscapes are represented by climbers in a highly textualised manner. In particular, published climbing guidebooks record the name and graded level of difficulty of each climbing route, and details which link those routes to the ‘identity’ of the first ascendant(s). Climbing landscapes can then literally be read as if they were texts. These landscapes provide a spatial record of, and may ultimately naturalise and commemorate, the first-ascent-oriented history of climbing.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8470.00074

Affiliations: 1: School of Geography and Environmental Studies, The University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia., 2: School of Geography and Environmental Studies, The University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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