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At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks / Edition 1
     

At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks / Edition 1

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by Peter Bronski
 

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ISBN-10: 1599213044

ISBN-13: 9781599213040

Pub. Date: 02/26/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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 20th century, to modern tales of harrowing struggle in the mountains and wilderness. Extensively researched, these gripping tales pull together

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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 20th century, to modern tales of harrowing struggle in the mountains and wilderness. Extensively researched, these gripping tales pull together historical accounts, first-hand interviews, previously untold stories and expert analysis to retrace each misadventure

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599213040
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
287,455
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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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At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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.