Bruce Barcott’s The Measure of a Mountain takes us on a journey through history, geology the culture of a mountain, then culminates in a more dramatic account of his own attempt and successful completion of a climb of what he describes as one of America’s most dangerous mountains. Barcott begins benignly enough with a backpacking trip around the mountains base, with tales of rain soaked, not entirely pleasant trips interspersed with lessons on geology, seismology, …