Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
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Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches—some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box—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. 
In Snowstruck, Fredston draws on decades of personal experience to take “avalanches out of the statistical realm and into the human one” (Skiing Magazine): 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. 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

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Moments of Truth
Union of Circumstance
Unburying the last
A Walk in the Park
Rules of Engagement
The Game of Jeopardy
Silver Screens
Line of Fire
Heat of Friction
Faces in the Dark
Truth or Consequences

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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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