Book Review: Alaska Range by Carl Battreall
Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild by Carl Battreall is more than just a photography book. This work of art shines the spotlight on one of the most amazing mountain ranges in the world – The Alaska Range.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Alaska Range, it is a “six-hundred mile arc of mountains with a hundred glaciers, thousands of lakes and rivers, wolves and bears, and all kinds of wild creatures – and, in the midst of it all, the highest , and in many ways most fascinating mountain in North America.”
Thanks to award-winning, professional mountain photographer and explorer, Carl Battreall, everyone can satisfy their appetite for armchair adventure in the Alaska Range with this cool book.
When you pick up Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild by Carl Battreall for the first time, prepare to get lost in the beauty of his mind blowing photos. As one of the first photography books of the awe inspiring range, Battreall’s images provide a quick glimpse into one of the most pristine landscapes left on Earth. Due to challenging access, this is “one of our last truly wild mountain ranges.”
As you flip through the book, you’ll find photos of teetering seracs, towering granite peaks drizzled in ice, breathtaking unnamed summits, crystal clear lakes, hanging glaciers, deep crevasses, vast tundra, and endless mountains. Every mountain enthusiast will drool over the images that Battreall has captured. But the book features more than just mountains.
Battreall brings the entire Alaska Range to life with images of Dall sheep, grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, beetles, moose, and other wildlife. There are also stunning images of glacier fed rivers, colorful wildflowers, snowy footprints, thundering avalanches, precipitous couloirs, vast valleys, colorful sunsets, and of course the Aurora Borealis.
Throughout the 169 pages of Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild, Battreal’s images paint a picture of the beauty and the adventure potential of the range. Plan to spend a lot of time browsing through this stunning book. Use it to feed your imagination or plan your next route.
As Clint Helander writes in the book, “With little more than a single picture or a writer’s few words, climbers have traveled across the globe to attempt a mountain they have never seen with their own eyes.” Let’s just say this book just might make you book a flight to AK.
Perhaps the coolest part of Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild by Carl Battreall is that this book is more than just stunning images. Battreall rounded up a crew of talented writers who tell the story of the Alaska Range through their words, adventures, and perspectives. Every essay, story, and tale is well written and will captivate any reader.
Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild includes writings from Battreall and other talented individuals. The “chapters” include:
- Forward – Art Davidson
- String of Jewels – Roman Dial
- The Conception Of Our Mountains: The Orogenesis of the Alaska Range – Jeff Benowitz
- Photographing the Alaska Range: Protecting Nowhere – Carl Battreall
- Reflections on Flora – Verna Pratt
- Wildlife Residents – Bill Sherwonit
- Photographing the Alaska Range: Encounters With Locals – Carl Battreall
- Historical Summits – Brian Okonek
- Photographing the Alaska Range: Rivers Of Water And Ice – Carl Battreall
- Impossible Is Just A Word: Modern Climbing In The Alaska Range – Clint Helander
- Photographing the Alaska Range: Flying Low and Slow – Carl Battreall
As you can gather from this collection of titles, the written word builds on the images supplied by Battreall to provide a well rounded and informative snapshot of the Alaska Range. It covers expeditions, geology, wild places, flora & fauna, wildlife, animal encounters, historical climbs, wild rivers, modern adventures, and of course bush planes & access. I literally read every word and couldn’t put it down.
Whether you’re an adventurer, photographer, climber, skier, traveler, nature lover, or Alaska fanatic you will enjoy this book. We highly encourage you to buy your own copy of Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild by Carl Battreall – or give it as a gift. Read and enjoy every page. Display it proudly in your home. This is one of those books that you’ll find yourself browsing through time and time again.
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Mountaineers Books published Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild by Carl Battreall on October 1, 2016. We received a copy of the book to review from Carl Battreall. We give it a double thumbs up.
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