At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks

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Every year thousands of outdoor enthusiasts venture into a six-million-acre wilderness that is the size of Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon combined. They are attracted by its accessibility, spectacular views, and challenging terrain. But, when adventure is easy to find, so, too, is misadventure. In this compelling book, award-winning adventure writer and former Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue team member Peter Bronski chronicles true stories of survival and tragedy, from famous historical cases during the early twentieth century to modern tales of harrowing struggle in the mountains and wilderness. Extensively researched, these gripping tales pull together historical accounts, firsthand interviews, previously untold stories, and expert analysis to retrace each misadventure.More than just a recounting of tragedy in the wilderness, At the Mercy of the Mountains is an affirmation of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity and an insight into why misadventure happens in the first place—and how to avoid it. At the Mercy of the Mountains is a must-read for hikers, climbers, paddlers, armchair travelers—anyone who loves great tales of adventure.
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Author Peter Bronski knows the perils of New York's Adirondacks all too well. In his former career as a Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue team member, this veteran climber often personally experienced the extreme conditions of this wilderness region. In At the Mercy of the Mountains, he draws on that hard-won expertise and the harrowing survival stories of others to chart the often-tragic history of these wondrous, unforgiving mountains.
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"For every hiker, climber or canoeist who gets into trouble, there are thousands more who don't. Peter Bronski's compelling account of misadventures in the Adirondacks is a necessary corrective for those who go into the mountains unwary of the dangers." --Jim Wickwire, author of Addicted to Danger: A Memoir About Affirming Life in the Face of Death and the first American to summit K2 "In this compelling book, award-winning adventure writer and former Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue team member Peter Bronski chronicles true stories of survival and tragedy, from famous historical cases during the early twentieth century to modern tales of harrowing struggle in the mountains and wilderness. Extensively researched, these gripping tales pull together historical accounts, firsthand interviews, previously untold stories, and expert analysis to retrace each misadventure. More than just a recounting of tragedy in the wilderness, At the Mercy of the Mountains is an affirmation of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity and an insight into why misadventure happens in the first place—and how to avoid it. It is a must-read for hikers, climbers, paddlers, armchair travelers—anyone who loves great tales of adventure." --Associated Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599213040
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Bronski is an award-winning author who specializes in outdoor adventure and travel, nature and science. His writing appears regularly in such magazines across the country as 5280: Denver’s Mile-High Magazine, Adirondack Life, AMC Outdoors, Sea Kayaker, Vermont Life, and Westchester Magazine.
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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
A Guide's Story: Magnet for Misadventure     37
A Carnegie Hero's Rescue on Lake Champlain     48
The Boy Scouts versus Wallface     57
The Crash of American Airlines Flight 166     68
Stranded: The Rescue of Maria Gersen     80
Grand Ambition: Two Men, Forty-Six High Peaks, Five Days, and only One Survivor     87
Of Ice and Men: Ice Climbers Avalanched Off Chapel Pond Slab     106
Marcy's Might: The Search for Steven Thomas     118
Running the Hudson River Gorge     126
Deadly Allure: Mount Colden's Trap Dike     137
Solo: A Long-Distance Hiker's Final Days     147
Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Thomas Carleton     162
Blowdown! A Rogue Microburst Destroys Forest and Traps Hikers in the Wilderness     175
Mayday in the Sawtooth Mountains     188
Trapped: Rising Waters and No Safe Way Out     199
Avalanche!     210
An Unplanned Epic: The Third Worst Snowstorm in ADK History Surprises Two Pairs of Hikers     227
Lightning Strike     243
Dead Man Walking: The Search for Arthur Birchmeyer     254
Beacon of Controversy: OneCanoeist, Two Rescues and the Personal Locator Beacon that Made History     264
Epilogue: Lessons from the Backcountry     277
Time Line of Misadventures and Search and Rescues Covered in this Book     286
Bibliography     292
Acknowledgments     312
Index     314
About the Author     322
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Decent read, but a blend of fact and fiction

    Everyone loves a good adventure story and this book has quite a few. Sadly, the author makes a lot of erroneous assumptions based on information gathered. I was very familiar with a couple of the stories already, and personally involved with one so was pretty disappointed in those in particular. Since the shorts are all based on true events, I guess the "true stories" billing is technically correct. Writing style is fairly average. Might be a good book to read on your morning commute.

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