The Mountain Encyclopedia

  The Mountain Encyclopedia
Frederic V. Hartemann and Robert Hauptman
291 pages, softcover: $29.95
Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005.

The Mountain Encyclopedia delivers just what its title promises: intriguing facts and figures about mountainous topics from calderas and Chomolongma to vicuñas and virga. Colorful maps and photos complement the entries, many of which come from the authors’ first-hand experience. If you’ve ever wondered whether a Fifi hook has anything to do with poodles, or if sastrugi is a kind of pasta, this is your guide.