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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Guess, Carol, 1968-
Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-
Brown, Nicole R.
High Gravity Days is a collection of nonfiction essays that examines the author’s religious past through the lens of rock climbing. It weaves the author’s memories of growing up in an intense religious group with first-person accounts of rock-climbing adventures or essays investigating the rock-climbing culture. It explores the main theme of protection in terms of climbing gear and religion and belief, and furthermore, what occurs in the space between each type of protection. It also delves into smaller themes of gender roles, cultural expectations, and familial expectations.
rock climbing, Christianity, cult, Washington, family, women, mountaineering, religion, extremism
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Rock climbing--Washington (State); Christian children
Academic theses; Essays
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Downie, Madeline, "High Gravity Days" (2022). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1087.
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