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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Tabor Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415941652
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In the summer of 1967, an Arctic hurricane trapped seven veteran climbers, members of Joe Wilcox’s twelve-man expedition, at 20,000 feet on Alaska’s Mount McKinley. Ten days passed while the storm raged. Despite the availability of massive resources, no rescue was mounted, and all seven men died. The tragedy was one of the most controversial, bitterly contested, and mysterious tragedies in all of mountaineering history.

No bodies were ever recovered. No cameras, diaries, or films shed light on the climbers’ final agonizing days. Yet agenda-driven critics and officials fearing lawsuits pronounced self-serving verdicts. Further obscuring the truth, two prominent expedition members offered conflicting versions of the catastrophe.

Through interviews with those involved, unpublished correspondence and diaries, and sensitive government documents, James M. Tabor uncovers an array of new information: a feud between the expedition leader, Joe Wilcox; a stillborn rescue operation thwarted by the Park Service bureaucracy; and the heroic efforts made by other civilian climbers. To interpret the details, he consults experts in disciplines as diverse as forensics, meteorology, and psychology.

In the end, Tabor has pieced together for the first time the complete, untold story of this expedition whose victims and survivors both remain, in many ways, forever on the mountain.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caley Rogers | 2/20/2014

    " I love outdoor/mountaineering books, and this one gives great insight to the Mt. McKinley disaster in the late 60s. It really followed through and interviewed survivors years after the incident and even spoke with doctors to explore what the men stuck on the mountain thought and experienced before they died. A great look into how hard it is to work together on a mountain when two teams have to come together, and also to wonder about why exactly a rescue mission was not launched immediately.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Utahbrown | 2/10/2014

    " Well researched. A tragic tale of what can happen when an expedition is poorly planned and executed. It uncovers the politics involved in climbing and the lack of external support that can follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent read, well written, chronological with good choice of level of detail. Portrayed the situation well and presented an apparently fair and unbiased view of the incident. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/28/2014

    " The events in this book were new to me but the description captured my attention. The author does a solid job of laying out the events that lead to the death of seven climbers and gives you a good sense of what the conditions were like on the mountain during the climb that lead to their deaths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/14/2014

    " Not as powerful as Into Thin Air, but a fascinating look at a much earlier tragedy on Denali. The snapshot into late 60s mountaineering is especially compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/4/2014

    " A good book, but I am sorry I got the Kindle edition. The pictures were decent, but nowhere near the quality you get from a real photograph. If you want to read this and haven't gotten it yet, go for a print edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/30/2013

    " This book is as much about flawed leadership and failed government as it is mountaineering and adventure. Still gives me the chills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/21/2013

    " Comprehensive and interesting account of disasterous climbing expedition on Mt. McKinley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/31/2013

    " If you enjoyed "Into Thin Air," you will be intrigued by this account of a disastrous Mt. McKinley climb. A page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/9/2013

    " I have absolutely no desire to climb a huge mountain like Denali or Everest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martinxo | 4/11/2013

    " Powerful and moving account of mountaineering disaster in Alaska "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mlt205 | 10/22/2012

    " Very good story, I had a hard time putting this book down. It is very objective in its telling of a story I was not familiar with before. If you liked Into Thin Air you will also like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot Marvin | 6/14/2012

    " Fascinating account of the 1967 expedition up Mt. McKinley (Denali) in which seven climbers died. This has been written before in at least three books, two by the two leaders who were forced to combine their groups. But this account seems pretty balanced and based on interviews from many sources. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 11/25/2010

    " I love adventure and disaster writing like this, but often the writing isn't very good. This book was an exception. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Huffer | 9/20/2010

    " interesting story but mediocre writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/19/2009

    " This book is as much about flawed leadership and failed government as it is mountaineering and adventure. Still gives me the chills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot | 8/6/2009

    " Fascinating account of the 1967 expedition up Mt. McKinley (Denali) in which seven climbers died. This has been written before in at least three books, two by the two leaders who were forced to combine their groups. But this account seems pretty balanced and based on interviews from many sources. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/15/2009

    " The events in this book were new to me but the description captured my attention. The author does a solid job of laying out the events that lead to the death of seven climbers and gives you a good sense of what the conditions were like on the mountain during the climb that lead to their deaths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 3/26/2009

    " This is an interesting insight into one of America's worst mountaineering disasters. It reveals that once again, government is not the best way to manage things...even disaster response!

    It was interesting, but long and very detailed at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/1/2009

    " I have absolutely no desire to climb a huge mountain like Denali or Everest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Utahbrown | 1/7/2009

    " Well researched. A tragic tale of what can happen when an expedition is poorly planned and executed. It uncovers the politics involved in climbing and the lack of external support that can follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/5/2009

    " Excellent read, well written, chronological with good choice of level of detail. Portrayed the situation well and presented an apparently fair and unbiased view of the incident. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lgnichols | 10/1/2008

    " Fascinating story (if you're into mountaineering) with an awesome cast. "

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About the Author

James M. Tabor is the bestselling author of The Deep Zone, Blind Descent, and Forever on the Mountain and a winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. A former Washington, DC police officer and a lifelong adventure enthusiast, Tabor has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Outside magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He wrote and hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and was co-creator and executive producer of the History Channel’s Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Vermont, where he is at work on his next novel.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.