Denali's Howl

The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD11245
Released: Jun 12, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781482997255
Narrator/s: Jim Manchester
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Denali's Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley-known to the locals as Denali-one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali's Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: at an elevation of nearly twenty thousand feet, these young men endured an "arctic superblizzard," with howling winds of up to three hundred miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this was without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali's Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them-Hall's father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?

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Author(s): Andy Hall
Genre: History, Travel, Sports

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eAudio
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Author(s): Andy Hall
Narrator(s): Jim Manchester
Genre: History, Travel, Sports
Product Number Z100079172
Released: Jun 12, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781482997194
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Author(s): Andy Hall
Genre: History, Sports, Travel
Product Number EB00391628
Released: Jun 12, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: #9780698157125

Professional reviews

"In the summer of 1967, seven mountaineers perished while climbing AlaskaÕs Denali (Mt. McKinley) when a freak combination of weather systems created a huge maelstrom that pummeled the mountain with hurricane force winds and snow. Despite a gripping story, Jim ManchesterÕs narration is marred by several mispronunciations and inaccurate transcriptions from the original text. Putting those issues aside, his reading moves along steadily and quickly engages listeners with the developing disaster and subsequent rescue attempts as well as the emotions of many of the participants. Written by the son of the Denali park superintendent during the climb, this book offers a fresh perspective on the disaster itself along with revelations about attempts to close Denali to climbing in the aftermath. M.L.R. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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