Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 8, 2007 - Nature - 352 pages
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Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches-some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box-often with deadly results. Avalanche expert Jill Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when they will strike, deliberately triggering them with explosives, teaching potential victims how to stay alive, and leading rescue efforts when tragedy strikes.

Having spent decades trying to keep avalanches and people apart, Fredston brings them together unforgettably in Snowstruck. From a rare store of personal experience, she conveys a panorama of perspectives: a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly that he can't move a finger, rescuers racing both time and weather, forecasters treading the line between reasonable risk and danger. Seamlessly interweaving these accounts, Fredston brings to life the awesome forces of nature that can turn the mountains deadly-and the equally inexorable forces of human nature that lure us time and again into treacherous terrain.

 

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Those who rarely or never seek the cold mountains where avalanches occur might not think to read this book, but they should. Fredston (winner of the 2002 National Outdoor Book Award for Rowing to ... Read full review

Contents

2 Union of Circumstance
3 Unburying the Past
4 A Walk in the Park
5 Rules of Engagement
6 The Game of Jeopardy
7 Silver Screens
8 Line of Fire
9 Heat of Friction
10 Faces in the Dark
11 Truth or Consequences
Acknowledgments
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JILL FREDSTON is the author of Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge, which won a 2002 National Outdoor Book Award. She and her husband, Doug Fesler, are codirectors of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. They live in the mountains above Anchorage.

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