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Forever on the Mountain : The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters - James M. Tabor

Forever on the Mountain

The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters

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Published: 1st June 2008
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<p>Just as good as <em>Into Thin Air</em>.... A spellbinder.&rdquo;&#151;<em>Owen Sound Sun-Times</em></p> <p>&ldquo;The fairest, most comprehensive account of [this episode] we&rsquo;re likely to see.... Tabor analyzes this debacle with the doggedness of an investigative reporter and the technical knowledge of an experienced climber.&rdquo;&#151;<em>Wall Street Journal</em></p> <p>In 1967, seven young men, members of a twelve-man expedition led by twenty-four-year-old Joe Wilcox, were stranded on Alaska&rsquo;s Mount McKinley in a vicious arctic storm. All seven perished on what remains the most tragic expedition in American climbing history. Revisiting the event in the tradition of Norman McLean&rsquo;s <em>Young Men and Fire</em>, James M. Tabor uncovers elements of controversy, finger-pointing, and cover-up that combine to make this disaster unlike any other.</p>

"A shrewd and penetrating investigation of one of climbing's greatest tragedies, Forever on the Mountain grapples with the most fundamental questions of risk and responsibility." -- David Roberts, author of Limits of the Known
"Just as good as Into Thin Air...A spell binder." -- The Sun Times
"Some welcome perspective on an enduringly painful episode of mountaineering history...Tabor analyzes this debacle with the doggedness of an investigative reporter and the technical knowledge of an experienced climber." -- Wall Street Journal
"A powerful case study in how quickly cracks in a team's solidarity can lead to disaster." -- Outside
"As he negotiates his way through egotism, sabotage, freak weather, and staggering courage, Tabor maintains a cool head and, even more importantly in this case, an open heart. This is a maddening, terrifying book, and also a deeply compassionate one." -- John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce
"This harrowing tale of the 1967 catastrophe on the slopes of McKinley will leave you breathless...A great detective story that offers a shocking twist to a long-unsolved mystery." -- Gay Salisbury, coauthor of The Cruelest Miles

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Cast of Charactersp. xxi
Prologue: Sharp End of the Dreamp. 3
Approach
Realms of Mythp. 11
For Want of a Wristp. 21
Fool's Goldp. 25
Ire of the Mountain Kingp. 37
Clash at Cougar Rockp. 48
Ascent
The Long Road Northp. 63
Lone Man Walkingp. 76
Divided We Falterp. 86
Friktionp. 94
Pictures of an Expeditionp. 108
Terras Incognitasp. 113
Summit Conferencep. 125
Blowupp. 134
Odd Man Upp. 141
Accident
Just One More Wandp. 163
Last Wordsp. 179
We Will Live to Tell Storiesp. 188
Where Is the Cavalry?p. 193
A Most Unusual Stormp. 205
Where Death Has No Meaningp. 213
Mixed Messagesp. 222
Some Will Diep. 241
Hard Men Indeedp. 244
Crossing the Riverp. 251
Far Too Little, Way Too Latep. 258
We Cannot Look at Himp. 263
And Two Make Threep. 282
One Hell of a Good Storyp. 289
Aftermath
Hanging Juryp. 297
Memorable Quotesp. 313
Summit and ANAMp. 318
Just a Publicity Stuntp. 327
Crossing the Linep. 334
Remaking Historyp. 338
Twisting in the Windp. 344
Survivorsp. 350
Author's Notep. 371
Recommended Readingp. 373
Photograph Creditsp. 375
Indexp. 377
Maps
Alaska & Mt. McKinley / Denalip. 8-9
Mount McKinley, Alaska / Route of the Wilcox Expeditionp. 84-85
1967 Tragedy Area: Camp VII to Summitp. 233
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ISBN: 9780393331967
ISBN-10: 0393331962
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1