Denali's Howl

Denali's Howl : The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak

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In the summer of 1967, twelve young men ascended Alaska s Mount McKinley known to the locals as Denali. Engulfed by a once-in-alifetime blizzard, only five made it back down.
Andy Hall, a journalist and son of the park superintendent at the time, was living in the park when the tragedy occurred and spent years tracking down rescuers, survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of the expedition in a powerful retelling that will mesmerize the climbing community as well as anyone interested in mega-storms and man s sometimes deadly drive to challenge the forces of nature.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • Plume Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142181951
  • 9780142181959
  • 1,140,313

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Praise for "Denali s Howl"
In this straightforward, balanced account of the greatest mountaineering disaster in Alaskan history, Andy Hall allows the full tragedy of that episode to emerge. In resisting the facile urge to lay blame, his narrative captures with gripping immediacy the intersection of seemingly small human decisions with one of the most powerful storms ever to descend on Denali. As one who was climbing elsewhere in the Alaska Range at the time, I had long pondered just how the catastrophe came to pass. Thanks to Hall, I understand it better than ever before.
David Roberts, author of "The Mountain of My Fear" and "Alone on the Ice"
A haunting, meticulously-researched account of twelve men s encounter with the awesome fury of nature.
Amanda Padoan, author of "Buried in the Sky: " "The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K s Deadliest Day"
Twelve men went up the slopes of North America's highest mountain in the summer of 1967. Only five made it back. The ill-fated Wilcox expedition to Denali finds an able chronicler in Andy Hall's gripping account of mountain majesty, mountain gloom, and human doom.
Maurice Isserman, co-author of "Fallen Giants: Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes"
One of those couldn t-put-it-down books! This harrowing story of a more than 40-year-old mountaineering tragedy is raw and immediate as it marches relentlessly towards the final, devastating end.
Bernadette McDonald, author of "Freedom Climbers""
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About Andy Hall

ANDY HALLgrew up in the shadow of Denali. He is the former editor and publisher ofAlaskamagazine. He lives in Chugiak, Alaska.

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1,231 ratings
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4 46% (568)
3 29% (356)
2 4% (48)
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