Exploring Mount Rainier: An article written by Frank for Villanova Magazine.
Mountains are unique features on our planet earth. They are the direct result of geologic upheaval and violent fracturing of the earth’s crust. Human beings have considered them both sacred ground, the land of the gods, and ghastly anomalies, despised for their intemperate climate and unattainable summits. Men cannot seem to decide if the appeal of mountains is due to how large and high they are or how small they make us feel. I am sure both are true for many of us. Mountains are mysterious, the repository of secrets of the natural world, by their very existence a direct challenge to the abilities of man. What makes mountains sacred is that they are usually pristine environments, and to human minds pristine nature is intrinsically sacred. Most climbers and inhabitants of mountains are not men, but bears, beetles, butterflies, bobcats, mountain goats, sheep, chamois, gorals, takins, marmots, ibex, musk-ox and mountain finches. Men are the least common creatures on mountains.
Frank Henninger’s Personal Journey: An article from the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University.
Frank L. Henninger, University Shop director, described some of his close calls while climbing Mount Rainier, at the inaugural Community Author program Nov. 1 in Falvey Memorial Library. At one point, he recalled his life-saving decision to turn back from reaching Rainier’s summit, which led to his narrow escape from several avalanches. Henninger's book, Compass Points: Finding a Mid-life Bearing on Mount Rainier (Borders, 2005), a biographical account of his first two experiences climbing the mountain, illuminates lessons he learned from his difficult, yet rewarding journeys.
Book store director, published author, mountain climber: Frank Henninger; An article from The Villanovan, the official student newspaper of Villanova University since 1916.
As a university student, one can only expect that several professors and administrators are published authors; after all, it comes with the territory. At Villanova, however, faculty members are not the only University employees making their mark on the literary community. Frank L. Henninger, director of the University Shop, published his book, "Compass Points: Finding a Mid-Life Bearing on Mount Rainier," in 2005. He has always been interested in exploring, and in his book, he describes his physical and spiritual journeys while climbing Mount Rainier twice in 1999 and 2000. "I was an armchair adventurer," says Henninger, who explains that his personal library consists mostly of stories about explorers and their expeditions. "And then I had this realistic adventure available to me."