Urban Everesting: Mark Cramer

Urban Everesting: Mark Cramer


Hikers and armchair explorers alike, discover:

  • The American city where the urban hiker can equal the elevation of a Mount Everest climb by simply scaling all the public stairways. Nope, it’s not San Francisco.
  • The place in South America that is higher than the peak of Mount Everest.
  • Cities where you can climb 3,000-foot mountains within the city limits.
  • A city with 7 hills with panoramic views, where all the sidewalks are made of intricate mosaic tiles.
  • A city where you can walk coast to coast, within city limits.
  • The city with the largest urban forest in the USA.
  • The place where you can trace the steps of Laurel and Hardy when they tried so hard to deliver a piano up a public staircase.
  • The major city where you can walk a long distance without coming upon a traffic light or crossing a street.

And other surprises throughout Urban Everesting.

Comments on earlier urban-themed writing by Mark Cramer:

“Mark Cramer is a seasoned expert in urban anatomy.” Ray Oldenburg, urbanologist and author of the classic The Great Good Place

“Urban planners and designers can learn a lot from the elements listed in Cramer’s rating scheme about what makes places cool.” -Urban Ecologist, Journal

Author Mark Cramer

Mark Cramer is still living an adventurous and joyously low-carbon life with his daring wife, Martha. He’s had over 50 jobs (so far), on three different continents, including university professor, bilingual translator/interpreter in courts of justice, urban farmer and even studious horseplayer, where his meager but gratifying profits reflect an avocation for calculated risk.

His FunkyTowns USA (1995), “a lesson in preserving human habitat” according to esteemed sociologist Ray Oldenberg, has the distinction of likely being the only book to have been reviewed in both scholarly journals and a supermarket tabloid.  He’s written books and articles on adventure travel, horse racing and cycling as transportation.

Mark began writing Old Man on a Green Bike 19 years ago, when he first set out to do all his commuting and much of his vacationing on a bicycle.