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Because It's There - A Photographic Journey [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Winger , Diane Winger

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Because It's There takes us on a marvelous photographic journey with more than 90 adventurous and spectacular images from five continents. Authors/Photographers Charlie and Diane Winger believe there is no better reason to move beyond a familiar horizon, explore what lies around the next bend, and discover a world outside our previous experience than "Because it's there."

Like George Mallory, who uttered that famous response when asked why he strove to be the first to climb Mount Everest, the Wingers are also inspired by mountains. Charlie is the mountaineer of the family, and nearly all the snow-covered, glaciated, massive peaks in this photographic journey were his passion (and obsession). Diane is the hiker and casual rock climber, but has ventured up a few of those more challenging mountains along the way.

The Wingers draw on their extensive collection of photographs taken while writing guidebooks, climbing and trekking among some of the most beautiful peaks in the world, and enjoying time in special outdoor areas which they have come to love. Along the way, they tell a few stories and share a few laughs.

About the Author

Charlie is a prolific mountaineer with a passion for climbing lists of peaks: the 200 highest mountains in Colorado, the 50 state highpoints, 100 USGS-named peaks in Death Valley, the 57 ultra-prominence peaks in the lower US, the highest mountains in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia, and many more lists few people understand (or want to).

Diane takes a more relaxed approach to hiking and rock climbing, placing a high priority on hiking on established trails, and hiking to places that are scenic. She is a member of the unofficial "49ers Club," having reached the top of 49 state highpoints. Her motto: "Just say no to Denali."

Charlie and Diane live in Colorado and are co-authors of several guidebooks on outdoor recreation. They also collaborated on Charlie's memoir which delves into more details about his numerous climbing adventures and divulges his very surprising and inspiring personal history.

Other books by Charlie & Diane Winger:

Two Shadows - the inspirational story of one man's triumph over adversity
The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree - 60 favorite climbs from 5.5 to 5.9
The Essential Guide to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Highpoint Adventures - the complete guide to the 50 state highpoints

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5567 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466466804
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.0 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Some beautiful pictures! March 30 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Some of the pictures were absolutely breathtaking. Others I passed right over. I found myself passing over the text as well. I guess I was more interested in the pictures. I got this kindle version for free, and while I *did* enjoy looking at the pictures, it's not something I would have bought because it's just not my usual reading fare.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful on Cloud Reader on Mac Sept. 17 2012
By Recliner Reader - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't have a Kindle Fire and, because of the beautiful colors in most of the pictures, I think a lot would be lost viewing the book on my black and white Kindle. However, seen on the Cloud Reader on my Mac, the majority of the pictures were awe inspiring to a non climber who will never see any of these mountains in person. I gave 4 stars because for me the close up and/or group pictures of the climbers interrupted the flow of the pictures without people. However, the pictures of climbers from a distance accentuated the the grandeur of the mountains vs the specks of humanity represented by the climbers. Other than the pictures focusing on the climbers, I can't agree that the pictures are of amateur quality. Many of the pictures capture shadow and light in a way that enhances the beauty of the areas photographed. I didn't download the book to my Kindle because of its size and black and white limits, but I'm pleased to have enjoyed the pictures and commentary on the Cloud Reader.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Places Jan. 5 2013
By savialeigh - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Gorgeous places, with brief explanations of each picture. I wish the captions tied the pictures together better, by telling the story of each trek. I found that quite often, I was left wanting to know more than the authors shared. I don't want a minute by minute account, just a more cohesive story to go with the lovely photos.

Photo books highlight the one real flaw with kindle books - no change of orientation. It would be nice if I could read the captions beside the photographs instead of having to flip back and forth. Being able to turn my mac sideways and see the pictures larger would also be nice.

A few reviews called the photos amateurish. These are very good quality photographs (with one or two exceptions taken 30 years ago.)The authors are hiking and climbing enthusiasts, not photographers, but the quality is quite good. So, they aren't Nat. Geo. quality, they aren't that far off.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Breathtaking" Photographic Journey Nov. 26 2011
By Jo Streep - Published on
Charlie and Diane Winger have done it again! Their photographic journey in "Because It's There" takes the reader from mountain peaks to crevasses to sand dunes to sunsets to beautiful flowers and finally to green rice fields across five continents. I would recommend that this book be purchased in conjunction with "Two Shadows" (or any of their other books) as it gives the reader a chance to not only read but also to see their journey and vicariously experience what brought the Winger's to publish some of the most breathtaking photographs this reader has ever seen.
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall fun to look at March 9 2014
By Jason Pallardy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This would make a good coffee table book. Would also make a nice gift for the armchair mountaineer in your family.

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