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Wolf Bauer - Crags, Eddies & Riprap
This book is a collaboration, with Wolf Bauer providing many personal recollections and Lynn Hyde providing context, supplementary information, and commentary to tie the story together.

Frontispiece: Fine photo of Wolf Bauer sitting with a rope and ice axe in 1930s climbing clothes.

p. 3: Wolf Bauer was born in Bavaria in 1912 [February 24], the eldest of five children of Hubert and Elsbeth Bauer. His father sailed for a German shipping company and later commanded of a group of minesweepers during WWI. In 1933, Hubert published the first world map of ocean tides in the Geographical Review of the American Geographical Society (p. 231). Wolf's mother was born in Seattle to the pioneer Epler family (p.4). Chapter 1 describes Wolf's early life in Bavaria.

p. 4: Wolf says: "Unlike most Germans, my father had a good sense of humor. You know, the word 'kidding' doesn't exist in the German language."

p. 14: Photo of Wolf Bauer and his childhood friend Richard May on skis in 1920. This is the earliest image of Wolf on skis.

p. 27: Due to hard economic times, the Bauer family left Germany in 1925. Wolf's father initially wanted to settle in New Zealand, but their visit to Epler family relatives in Seattle turned into a permanent stay.

p. 40: Wolf was introduced to the Northwest outdoors around 1927 by Harry Higman, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 145 in Seattle. Wolf became long-time friends with Higman's son Chet and nephew Bob. Harry Higman also introduced Wolf to his future wife, Harriet Woodward (p. 42).

p. 55: Wolf attended the University of Washington from 1931 through 1936. He attained a degree in ceramic engineering. After working for various employers in this field he established his own world-wide consulting business.

p. 65: Chapter 3 includes a brief history of skiing and describes Wolf's adventures in the Silver Skis race, the Patrol Race, and other competitions during the 1930s. There are several fine photos:

p. 87: Chapter 4 describes Wolf's pioneering climbs in the Cascades and creation of the Mountaineers climbing course in 1935-36.

p. 146: Chapter 6 contains a brief discussion of the treatment of German-Americans during WWI and WWII.

p. 168: Chapter 7 discusses Wolf's role in creation of the Mountain Rescue Council in the late 1940s.

p. 183: Chapter 8 explains Wolf's contributions to the sport of kayaking in the Northwest from the 1940s through 1960s.

p. 213: Chapter 9 describes Wolf's early conservation work, including preservation of the Green River Gorge in the 1960s and contributing to Washington's Shoreline Management Act, which passed into law in 1971.

p. 229: Chapter 10 discusses Wolf's second career, as the Northwest's leading shore resource consultant.

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