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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (395 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:
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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Through interviews with those involved, unpublished correspondence and diaries, and sensitive government documents, James M. Tabor uncovers an array of new information: a feud between the expedition leader, Joe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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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