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Environmental Studies

Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbing and the Nature of Risk

Story posted November 17, 2010

Event date(s): April 27, 2011 — April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27,2011 7:30 pm
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Few things suggest rugged individualism as powerfully as the solitary mountaineer testing his or her mettle in the rough country, yet the long history of wilderness sport complicates this image.  Joseph Taylor will discuss the early years of technical climbing in North America, paying special attention to events in Yosemite Valley.  Through Yosemite climbers we see how an intensely social pastime evolved into an activity that emphasized individual achievements and isolated, wilderness experiences.  

Joseph "Jay" Taylor is one of the nation's leading environmental historians.  He is associate professor of history and geography at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.  A specialist in environmental history and the history of the American West, his forthcoming book, Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbing and the Nature of Risk (Harvard University Press, 2010), is the first scholarly treatment of how the sport evolved in this iconic American landscape.  Jay has earned numerous fellowships for his work, including grants from the National Science Foundation and National Humanities Center.  This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Biology, the Bowdoin Outing Club, Coastal Studies, Earth & Ocean Sciences,Environmental Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History, with support from the Bowdoin College Concerts and Lectures Committee.

Joseph Taylor and Coastal Studies Scholar Ted Ames will also host a workshop on the environmental history of fisheries. Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity.The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 28, 4:00 pm in the ES Common Room, Adams Hall.

Click here to see Joseph Taylor's Simon Fraser University webpage

Joseph Taylor will discuss the early years of technical climbing in North America, paying special attention to events in Yosemite Valley