Imaginary Peaks: Katie Ives in conversation with Lowell Skoog (in-person)

Imaginary Peaks: Katie Ives in conversation with Lowell Skoog (in-person)

Join Katie Ives, author of "Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams," at Browsers Bookshop in Olympia in conversation with fellow Mountaineers Books author and local mountaineering historian Lowell Skoog.
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In 1962 Summit magazine readers were astonished to see a photo of an allegedly unknown range: the “Riesenstein” peaks of British Columbia. The main summit, the mysterious author claimed, remained tantalizingly unclimbed. The editors printed the article, as if missing the clues that its creators (one of whom was later revealed to be influential Northwest conservationist and guidebook author Harvey Manning) had planted to hint that the story was a hoax. During this talk, based on the new book Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams, author Katie Ives will be exploring some of the richly varied tales behind the Riesenstein, from the long history of climbers’ obsessions with supposed blanks on maps to the complex motivations of the local pranksters who plotted the hoax—and the collective fascination with wild places and mythic mountains that the Riesenstein reveals.

KATIE IVES is editor in chief at Alpinist magazine, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Outside, The Rumpus, and Adventure Journal, as well as the anthologies Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing and Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry, and Art. In 2016 she received the H. Adams Carter Literary Award from the American Alpine Club. She has participated in the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program and served as a judge for the Boardman-Tasker Award, and a jury member, panelist, and panel moderator at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. She lives in Cambridge, Vermont. Imaginary Peaks is her first book.

As a skier, climber, writer, and photographer, LOWELL SKOOG has been a keen observer of Northwest mountaineering since the 1970s. He is the creator of the Alpenglow Gallery and founder of the Northwest Mountaineering Journal, websites that celebrate local mountain culture, and he was a key member of the team that launched the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum. Skoog is the chairman of The Mountaineers History and Library committee. He lives in Seattle and is the author of the new book Written in the Snows: Across Time on Skis in the Pacific Northwest.

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