The White Death Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

The White Death Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

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  1. Comtesse DeSpair 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 group of mountaineering friends who like all young men think they're invincible In December 1969 they attempt to do something that had never been done before climb Mt Cleveland in Montana's Glacier National Park in wintertime Well the reason it had never been done before is because the geography of Mt Cleveland makes it an ideal avalanche zone And I think you can probably guess from the title what happens The biography of each climber and the story of that fateful final climb is stretched out over the course of the book intermingled with some interesting historical accounts of avalanche death for example it discusses how explosives were deliberately detonated in mountains above troop positions during World War I in order to cause deadly avalanches and some less than interesting detailed analysis of various types of snow and what makes certain types of snow conducive to avalanches than others Although I guess some of that stuff was kinda interesting whenever we get snow that doesn't stick together at all I know to call it sugar snow and I know that a layer of sugar snow that is later covered over by additional snowfall is called depth hoar and is the ultimate avalanche inducing nightmare for anyone journeying through the mountains But the author does go a bit too far in discussing the technical details of snow I admit one chapter was nearly skipped in its entiretyStill this is a very good read for anyone interested in mountain tragedy And who isn't? Not as good as Into Thin Air the masterpiece of this genre but pretty interesting nonetheless

  2. Steve Fisher 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. Molly Molly says:

    Absolutely incredibly written book with well researched facts about snow avalanches mountaineering skiing and outdoor sporting as it’s developed in the last century from other somber war time training reuiring these technical tactical skills Woven into the compelling history of snow sports and mountaineering is the true tale of this horrific tragedy on Mount Cleveland in Glacier Park The five lives are documented in such a way as to make the reader feel like he or she is personally acuainted with each young man and we grieve their loss fifty years later as though they were our sons and brothers too Personally intriguing for me is the fact that the rescue helicopter pilot is my grandmother’s cousin and I had a chance to meet him for the first time just a few weeks ago How glad I am that his daughter showed me this book lying on his coffee table and how glad I am to have added it to my library

  4. Brigham Brigham says:

    There’s a decent story here probably enough for a really great article The rest of the book is filled with tangents about avalanches mountaineering rescuing etc those were interesting enough but the way they were used to stretch out the telling of the story really irritated me Usually I don’t mind this techniue too Much but the tangents were so long and interspersed with so little of the story that I found myself constantly wanting to just know what happens in the story already Instead of a story interspersed with interesting side notes it was a book about mountains avalanches and climbing that was adorned with a story Anyway cool story inspiring people nice wrap up too But too much filler for me

  5. Shannon Babb Shannon Babb says:

    While I was really interested in the topic this was not an easy book to read There were just too many narratives and the stories that were trying to designed to be a thread through the book just were not able to hold things together Which is pretty sad because there are a lot of stories in this book that people need to remember

  6. Whitney Whitney says:

    Super interesting analogies and side stories I only gave 4 stars because in my opinionunderstanding some of the snow science stuff lacked some accuracy and I feel like this was written based off interviews with experts as opposed to by a real expert and some info was lost in translation to opinionstorytelling Overall very cool book that really makes you think Also pretty inspiring

  7. Jean Dupenloup Jean Dupenloup says:

    A sad tale of youthful ambition heroism and lossThe book takes us through five young men’s attempt to conuer Mount Cleveland the tallest peak in Glacier National Park in winter their disappearance and the heroic rescue attempts that ensuedThis is a fine bit of investigating and the author mixes biography snow science and narrative with consummate skill

  8. Edward H. Busse, III Edward H. Busse, III says:

    If there was a 45 star ratingthis 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 subseuent searchrescue and eventual recovery of the boys' bodies In corresponding chapters and interlaced through the story Dr Jenkins also gives you a detailed history of people's lives interacting with avalanches as well as the science myth and long history of avalanches and our relationships to the mountains going back several thousand years By the end of the book I really felt like I knew all of the players involved Park Rangers the boys that were killed and their families Helicopter Pilots including the mountain itselfMt Cleveland In addition Dr Jenkins did an outstanding job of describing and relaying everything involved in the real life events emotions weather landscape travel technology media etc Having lived in Kalispell MT for a brief time and travelled in Glacier Nat'l Park I knew some of which was referenced geography winter weather summer weather the copious amounts of snow etc BOTTOM LINE I really really liked this book and the story it told and it gave me tons of new perspective on a whole host of life issuesthanks Dr Jenkins

  9. Daniel Watkins 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 found it annoying that the same characters and places were introduced over and over again As with many general audience nonfiction books it's a struggle to get through the middle third but the beginning and ending are gripping

  10. Barbara Haller 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 uite too technical

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The White Death Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone ❰Read❯ ➵ The White Death Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone Author 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 Death Tragedy MOBI í In five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had The White Kindle - before to scale the sheer north face of Mt Cleveland Glacier National Park's tallest mountain in White Death Tragedy Epub ´ winter Two days later tragedy struck they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their White Death Tragedy and Heroism PDF or 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 ensuedIn 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.

  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The White Death Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
  • McKay Jenkins
  • English
  • 08 August 2015
  • 9780385720779