Mountain: Portraits of High Places

Mountain: Portraits of High Places

Mountain: Portraits of High Places     Photo: Courtesy of the American Alpine Club

With stunning images from Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams, among others, Sandy Hill's Mountain: Portraits of High Places is that rare coffee-table book that gets your heart pounding.

While a portion of the proceeds from the book Mountain go to support the American Alpine Club (ACC), the mountaineer in the family—hardcore or casual—might also enjoy a membership to the venerable organization ($75; americanalpineclub.org). Among the numerous benefits, members receive gear discounts, $10,000 in rescue insurance and evacuation services, and exclusive deals on lodging, including access to the AAC's two clubhouses in Kathmandu. Another option is to enroll the peak bagger on your list in the Big City Mountaineers (BCM) Summit for Someone program ($1,000 refundable deposit; summitforsomeone.org). The recepient agrees to tackle one of three types of climbs (alpine rock, glacier, or expedition) to raise money for the organization. Everybody wins: the fundraiser goes on an epic trip, and BCM on average gets enough cash to send at least five teens on wilderness adventures.

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