Colorado 14er Disasters: Victims of the Game

Overview

Fourteener mania, the phenomena characterized by a seemingly obsessive drive to summit The List of all fifty-four of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, is an older tradition than many may realize. Along with intensely positive experiences in climbing is the possibility of the opposite extreme—to become stranded, severely injured, or even killed, in disturbingly easy ways. This book explores this dark side of climbing. When an accident happens on a 14er, the victim is far from help and in an environment where rescue is...

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Overview

Fourteener mania, the phenomena characterized by a seemingly obsessive drive to summit The List of all fifty-four of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, is an older tradition than many may realize. Along with intensely positive experiences in climbing is the possibility of the opposite extreme—to become stranded, severely injured, or even killed, in disturbingly easy ways. This book explores this dark side of climbing. When an accident happens on a 14er, the victim is far from help and in an environment where rescue is difficult at best. The book is full of hair-raising stories of these disasters and resue attempts and also aids in avoiding such disasters.

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Mark Scott-Nash first thrilled us with Playing for Real: Stories from Rocky Mountain Rescue; now he rivets our attention with Colorado 14er Disasters, a collection of adrenaline-raising stories about climber mishaps on Centennial State peaks. Over the years, many climbers have fallen prey to "Fourteener Mania," the obsessive drive to climb all of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains. As Scott-Nash here demonstrates again and again, this quest has led some outdoors enthusiasts to press beyond their endurance and level of climbing expertise. The author knows whereof he speaks: This Boulder residence has participated in more than 100 search-and-rescue missions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555664312
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 781,493
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Flirting with Disaster 13

Part 2 Course to Catastrophe 73

Part 3 Wrong Way 137

Lessons Learned Managing the Game 183

Appendices

A Preventing Disaster, by the Colorado Mountain Club 187

B Managing Disaster, by the Alpine Rescue Team 194

C Backcountry Communication and Navigation Equipment 198

Glossary 204

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Loved this book!

    Mark Scott-Nash paints an excellent picture of what can go wrong on 14er hikes in Colorado. This book was of special interest to me because I have climbed Longs Peak and Mount of the Holy Cross, both of which were featured.

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