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Discover the Power of Meditation on Life-Lessons in the Mountains with Alan V. Goldman’s “Reflections on Mountaineering”

Alan V. Goldman’s poetry collection launches readers on a journey that explores new ways of perceiving reality as the poems relate the author’s experience with the beauty and sorrow of life

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“Reflections on Mountaineering” has been positively reviewed by The US Review of Books, Foreword Clarion, Pacific Book Review, Seattle Book Review, San Francisco Book Review, IndieReader, Portland Book Review, and many Amazon "Verified Purchase" Readers.

Mountain climbing is not just a hobby pursued by action-addicted thrill seekers. No, mountaineering calls for serious persons who have a self-conscious sense of history. The author maintained that mountaineering is a way of life, which the author conveys in his adventure poetry Book, “Reflections on Mountaineering: A Journey Through Life as Experienced in the Mountains” (Fifth Edition: 2023).

The Book consists of one hundred and thirty-two narrative-style poems that capture a glimpse of the life-lessons Goldman learned in his nearly three decades of climbing, including personal experiences and those of his mountaineering guides, peers, and colleagues. Moreover, the Book’s poems address the human perception of reality in the context of the meaning of life itself; for instance, the poems illustrate how climbers create meaning by the very act of climbing itself.

Through the art of poetry, Goldman’s Book identifies the existence of many of the same moral issues that people confront in everyday life, but which are often present to a sharper degree in the high mountains, as well as capturing issues unique to mountaineering. Readers will enjoy a journey suffused with awe and wonder, fear and willpower, and the lure of the big mountains. In the course of that journey, the author also explores the role that luck, fate, and chance play in mountaineering.

Goldman’s work contemplates the nature of “reality,” and examines the limits of human understanding and achievement. It further offers accessible insights into the otherwise “hidden” truths that mountaineers are often said to experience.

“Reflections on Mountaineering” further discusses humanity’s need to face challenges, including the need to understand the perception of time’s passage in the mountains, and to recognize the role played by the climbers’ insight and situational awareness. Ultimately, the author is obliged to acknowledge the power of the mountains’ reality. Some poems deal with the experience of striving for success in the mountains, while others address the trauma of defeat.

As Mari Carlson of the US Review of Books wrote: “The whole work edifies in its celebration of a timeless meeting between nature’s awesome power and brave souls willing to face their limits.”

The author emphasizes the human meaning involved in the preparation and discipline required for mountaineering and experiencing the elation of success. His Book is a powerful and enlightening collection of poetry that seeks to inspire readers to reflect on the nature and quality of the challenges in their lives.

Get a copy of “Reflections on Mountaineering: A Journey Through Life as Experienced in the Mountains” (Fifth Edition; 2023) by Alan V. Goldman on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To know more about Alan V. Goldman and his works, please visit his Website at

Reflections on Mountaineering: Fourth Edition: A Journey Through Life as Experienced in the Mountains (Fifth Edition)
Author | Alan V. Goldman
Genre | Adventure, Natural World, Philosophy, Human Behavior
Publisher | Bookside Press
Published date | April 2023

Alan V. Goldman is a graduate of Horace Mann School (1975); Harvard College (1979); and Harvard Law School (1982). In addition to his avocation as an avid mountaineer, he practiced corporate litigation for many years and is now retired.

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