Forever on the Mountain

Forever on the Mountain

The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
In July 1967, seven young men--members of Joe Wilcox's twelve-man expedition--died on Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak, stranded at 20,000 feet during a vicious Arctic storm. Ten days passed with no rescue attempt; the bodies were never recovered. And, for reasons that have remained cloudy, there was no proper official investigation. This book begins as a classic tale of men against nature, gambling--and losing--on one of the world's starkest and stormiest peaks. In lives lost, it was then history's third-worst mountaineering disaster--but elements of finger-pointing, incompetence, and coverup make this disaster unlike any other. Author Tabor draws on previously untapped sources, and consults not only mountaineers but also experts in disciplines including meteorology, forensics, and psychology. What results is the first full account of the tragedy that ended a golden age in mountaineering.--From publisher description.

Norton Pub
In July 1967, seven young men—members of Joe Wilcox's twelve-man expedition—died on Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak.
Ten days passed with no rescue attempt, while more than half an expedition was stranded and dying at 20,000 feet during a vicious Arctic storm. The bodies were never recovered. And, for reasons that have remained cloudy, there was no proper official investigation of the catastrophe.This book begins as a classic tale of men against nature, gambling—and losing—on one of the world's starkest and stormiest peaks. Reckoning by lives lost, it was history's third-worst mountaineering disaster when it occurred—but elements of finger pointing, incompetence, and cover-up make this disaster unlike any other. James M. Tabor draws on previously untapped sources: personal interviews with survivors and those involved in the aftermath, unpublished diaries and letters, and government documents. He consults not only mountaineers but also experts in disciplines including meteorology, forensics, and psychology. What results is the first full account of the tragedy that ended a golden age in mountaineering.

Book News
In 1967, seven veteran mountain climbers died in an Arctic hurricane at 20,000 feet on Alaska's Mount McKinley. Tabor, former host of the national PBS series The Great Outdoors, pieces together the story of an expedition that changed mountaineering and whose victims and survivors remain, in many ways, forever on the mountain. He uses interviews, unpublished correspondence and diaries, and government documents to recount the feud between the expedition's leader, the rescue operation thwarted by the Park Service bureaucracy, and the efforts made by civilian climbers to reach the stranded men. B&w photos are included. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Documents the tragic deaths of seven mountaineers who aspired to climb Mt. McKinley in 1967, revealing practices of cover-up and finger-pointing that prevented an effective rescue attempt, in an account based on team survivor interviews, government documents, and unpublished personal writings.
Documents the tragic deaths of seven mountaineers who aspired to climb Mt. McKinley in 1967, revealing practices of cover-up and finger-pointing that prevented an effective rescue attempt.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393061744 (hardcover)
9780393061741 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 796.522097 TAB
Characteristics: xxii, 400 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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acornsandnuts
Sep 10, 2014

For readers who love to go places through books that they would never otherwise travel, FOREVER ON THE MOUNTAIN presents a telling of a terrible tragedy on Alaska's Denali; fans of Jon Krakauer's INTO THIN AIR who were much more taken with the planning needed for such an expedition and the personalities of the climbers than the look at the commercialization of Everest will find much to like here.

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