Peak Experiences: Danger, Death, and Daring in the Mountains of the Northeast

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Carol Stone White
UPNE, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
In the mountains, the difference between a pleasant day of hiking and a life-threatening disaster is as simple as a loose rock, a turned ankle, or a misjudged patch of ice. In an instant, even the most experienced and prepared of outdoorspersons can find themselves at the mercy of the elements (and their own choices) -- and suddenly, sometimes tragically, the situation slips out their control.

In this collection of over fifty tales of day hikes and long treks gone awry, the seasoned climber and writer Carol Stone White brings together some of her favorite tales of outdoor misadventure written by colleagues and fellow enthusiasts who have experienced the harsher side of climbing the peaks of New England and the Adirondacks. From freak falls to outrunning storms, from life-threatening hypothermia to the excitement of unlikely rescues, these tales inform as much as they entertain, teaching even the experienced climber that accidents can happen to anyone and that preparation and the ability to make split-second decisions can often mean the difference between life and death.

Like sitting around the campfire sharing tales of terror and near death with your hiking buddies, this collection will appeal to the true outdoorsperson as well as the armchair adventurer.
 

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Contents

Weatherwise or Otherwise? Presidential Range Perils and Other Tales above Tree Line
1
Rescues in the Mountains
67
A Treacherous Place in the Peaks
127
Dangers of Water in the Mountains
145
Animal and Avian Behavior
185
Odysseys In Pursuit of the Possible
199
Lost Unprepared Leader Lapses and Bushwhacked
273
Clubs and Organizations
317
Safety Guidelines
318
Notes
319
Glossary
323
Suggestions for Further Reading
325
Contributors
327
About the Editor
331
Credits
333
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About the author (2012)

CAROL STONE WHITE is an avid mountain climber and author of numerous books including Women with Altitude: Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter.

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