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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SNOWSTRUCK: In the Grip of Avalanches

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

One of Alaska's leading avalanche experts explores the terrible beauty of avalanches and the human toll they exact each year.Fredston (Rowing to Latitude, 2002) joined with her husband, Doug Fesler ... Read full review

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User Review  - VirginiaGill - LibraryThing

This is not a book I would have ever picked up on my own. Hallelujah that my book group picked it! I found the book riveting and have not looked at the moutnains outside my window in the same way ... 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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About the author (2007)

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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