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The Living Rock

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Author: Michael Meadows
"During the 1920s and 1930s, the first mass climbing movement in Australia emerged in Southeast Queensland, along with a small active cohort in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. One significant element of the Queensland centered movement was the high participation rate of women – a feature unparalleled anywhere else in the country at the time. This book offers the first detailed account of these virtually unknown pioneers of Australian rockclimbing along with the story of the development of climbing in Queensland after World War 11. The stories you will read about are drawn from researching existing literature on Australian climbing, archival documents, personal diaries and interviewing surviving post-war climbers. The vast majority of the hundreds of photographs included here come from private collections and have never before been published. While it is impossible to identify the precise moments when the global sport of mountaineering and later rockclimbing were ‘invented’, both evolved as a result of an ever-changing relationship between people, mountains and wilderness"
The living rock. - In Australia, like most other places, mountains and cliffs were first seen as wild, remote, dangerous places with little or no relevance to everyday activities. But they were also revered by Indigenous and lter, non-Indigenous people. The definition of what has become one of the world’s popular ‘extreme’ sports – climbing – has constantly changed since human beings took their first faltering steps towards the heights. The men and women you will read about in this book often were the first Europeans to explore the mountain regions of eastern Australia"

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