Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley, 1903-1990

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The Mountaineers Books, 1991 - Sports & Recreation - 264 pages
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The motivation for writing this book is to dispel the myth of Denali as a cakewalk, and to help climbers prepare adequately for polar, high-altitude survival. By learning from the past, climbers can avoid similar problems; this is the goal of Surviving Denali. Waterman presents an in-depth analysis of altitude medical problems, frostbite, avalanche and fall injuries, and deaths on the mountain in order to point out the mistakes that may have been made and methods that might have been used to prevent them.

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The book is primarily organized by the type of accident - a chapter on frostbite, on altitude sickness, on crevasses, on avalanches, etc. Very sobering and with plenty of lessons to be learned. It would be great to have a revision that included the last two decades of data. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Jonathan Waterman is a photographer, the author of nine books, and an accidental filmmaker. His award-winning work often explores the North, and he recently earned a Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He and his family live outside Carbondale, Colorado.

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