Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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Winner of the 2007 Banff Mountain Festival Book Awards Grand Prize (The Phyllis & Don Munday Award): "A riveting account of a long-ago mountaineering disaster."—Time

In 1967, seven young men, members of a twelve-man expedition led by twenty-four-year-old Joe Wilcox, were stranded on Alaska's Mount McKinley in a vicious arctic storm. All seven perished on what remains the most tragic expedition in American climbing history. Revisiting the event in the tradition of Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire, James M. Tabor uncovers elements of controversy, finger-pointing, and cover-up that combine to make this disaster unlike any other.
  

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Contents

PART
7
For Want of a Wrist
21
Ire of the Mountain King
37
Clash at Cougar Rock
48
PART
61
Lone Man Walking
76
Divided We Falter
86
Friktion
94
We Will Live to Tell Stories
188
Where Is the Cavalry?
193
A Most Unusual Storm
205
Where Death Has No Meaning
213
Mixed Messages
222
Some Will Die
241
Hard Men Indeed
244
Crossing the River
251

Pictures of an Expedition
108
Terras Incognitas
113
Summit Conference
125
Blowup
134
Odd Man Up
141
PART THREE Accident
161
Just One More Wand
163
Last Words
179
Far Too Little Way Too Late
258
We Cannot Look at Him
263
And Two Make Three
282
One Hell of a Good Story
289
Aftermath
295
Authors Note
371
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

James M. Tabor, a former contributing editor to Outside, attempted Mount McKinley and summitted Mount Sanford. He hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and cocreated the History Channel series Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Waitsfield, Vermont.

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