McKay Jenkins
The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
September 10, 2019 Comments.. 853
The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone McKay Jenkins In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before to scale the sheer north face of Mt Cleveland, Glacier National Park s tallest mountain, in winter Two days later tragedy struck they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be discovered until the following June The White Death is the riveting account of that fatIn 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before to scale the sheer north face of Mt Cleveland, Glacier National Park s tallest mountain, in winter Two days later tragedy struck they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be discovered until the following June The White Death is the riveting account of that fated climb and of the breathtakingly heroic rescue attempt that ensued.In the spirit of Peter Matthiessen and John McPhee, McKay Jenkins interweaves a harrowing narrative with an astonishing expanse of relevant knowledge ranging from the history of mountain climbing to the science of snow Evocative and moving, this fascinating book is a humbling account of man at his most intrepid and nature at its most indomitable.. The White Death Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone In five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before to scale the sheer north face of Mt Cleveland Glacier National Park s tallest mountain in winter Two days later trag
  • Title: The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
  • Author: McKay Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9780385720779
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Comtesse DeSpair says:

      I actually got this book by accident I meant to order the book The White Death A History of Tuberculosis by Thomas Dormandy Unsurprisingly, I put this book aside and ignored it for a few years to punish it for not being the book I wanted to read Finally, running out of unread material, I rescued it from oblivion and took it with me as my in flight read last month And, apart from a couple of chapters that absolutely DARE you to skip them, it was a pretty interesting read The story centers on a gr [...]

    2. Steve Fisher says:

      Reminiscent of Norman Maclean s Young Men and Fire, Peter Matthiessen s The Snow Leopard, and Night of the Grizzlies by Jack Olson, McKay Jenkins The White Death is a gripping tale of a star crossed climbing family, as well as an informative study of mountains, the nature of snow and avalanches Tragic and poignant.

    3. Patty Garland says:

      Just plain sad.

    4. Edward H. Busse, III says:

      If there was a 4.5 star ratingis would ve been perfect The book starts out slow with very in depth, personal descriptions of each of the main players in the tragedy For me, this was a frustrating part of the book as I kept wonderingOKwhen do we get to the meat of the tragedy But the story soon takes off and you are thrust into the heart pounding events leading up to the avalanche and the subsequent search rescue and eventual recovery of the boys bodies In corresponding chapters and interlaced th [...]

    5. Daniel Watkins says:

      Powerful message and an important story about the dangers offered by alpine terrain The book has a mixture of history and science surrounding a story of a group of climbers who were killed by an avalanche, and the rescue effort that followed The book comments on the cavalier approach wealthy society takes toward mountains magazines encouraging people to ski down deadly chutes, building resorts high in the Alps and the Rockies I wonder if the book was originally written in magazine installments I [...]

    6. Barbara Haller says:

      Interesting read Basically the story of 5 young men who tried to climb the north face of Mt, Cleveland in winter It all ends tragically Were they too young, too foolhardy Or was it just an instance of being in wrong place at the wrong time The reader really is left to draw their own conclusion In the first half of the book the story of the boys is told and contrasted with a lot of snow information Some is fascinating some quite too technical.

    7. Steve says:

      An excellent telling of the story of 5 young climbers who had enough hubris to attempt a first summit of the north face of Mt Cleveland in winter Plenty of history of climbing and rescue training as well as the science of avalanches Very interesting and well worth your time if you re interested in climbing or skiing.

    8. Adam says:

      A Krakauer caliber exploration with an important local connection to the park and mountains I know and love, cut through with plenty of compelling history and science of avalanche and winter mountaineering.

    9. Dawn says:

      More of a guide to deadly avalanche s across the world, than a story of the 5 climbers tragic death Interesting, but repetitive.

    10. Katrinka says:

      I ll never again think of snow as innocent or friendly.

    11. Amanda says:

      Meh Interesting if you like avalanches The writing wasn t my favorite This likely suffered from being preceded by Into Thin Air.

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