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Extreme Outdoor Adventures: Who Survives and Why
     

Extreme Outdoor Adventures: Who Survives and Why

by Larry Mueller, Marguerite Reiss
 

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Incredible but True Stories of Confronting Death and Emerging VictoriousThe rock climber who cut off his own arm with a penknife. The hiker who fought off a mountain lion. Passengers who survive the crash of a bush plane in Alaska. We read headlines we sometimes find hard to believe, yet there are on record dozens of such events. Here is a collection of tales from

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Incredible but True Stories of Confronting Death and Emerging VictoriousThe rock climber who cut off his own arm with a penknife. The hiker who fought off a mountain lion. Passengers who survive the crash of a bush plane in Alaska. We read headlines we sometimes find hard to believe, yet there are on record dozens of such events. Here is a collection of tales from everyday people who faced terrible odds, accidents, extreme weather, wild animals, or severe injury, many describing how they entered another state of consciousness – an “adrenaline high” – to get away alive. Forget reality TV – this is real entertainment for the survival-story fanatic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599212005
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
812,336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Read an Excerpt

"Please, God, keep her up," Mike Harbaugh prayed, trying to fly his heavily loaded plane safely through the most dangerous pass in Alaska. The lanky 34-year-old Wasilla plumbing contractor was transporting his pastor's household goods to the other side of the mountains. With its tricky winds and blind canyons and one dramatically zig-zaging ravine, Merrill Pass is littered with more plane wrecks than anywhere in the state. And Mike’s plane was being buffeted like a toy in a tumult. One minute the earth was horizontal, the next vertical. Suddenly, trees, glaciers, mountains — everything — spun out and disappeared, and the red and white Cessna 180 became the 43rd Merrill crash. Mike regained consciousness sprawled in the snow, numb from cold and in shock. Looking around he saw a piece of the tail section. Shelter. He tried to stand and toppled and rolled, clawing to stop himself from going over the cliff.. His foot and ankle seemed badly broken. Blood covered his face. He crawled on hands and knees to a mound of clothes, struggled into coveralls, a coat hood, and mittens, then pulled himself on his belly to the wreckage where, exhausted, he passed out for three hours. Upon awaking, he worried about freezing, He found an air mattress, stuffed it inside the torn tail section, and wriggled in behind it. Now he suffered a raging thirst, but refused to eat snow for fear of hypothermia. Mercifully, he again passed out.

Meet the Author

Larry Mueller has written adventure tales and a wide variety of feature stories for Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, American Hunter, and Sports Afield. He was the Outdoor Life Hunting Dogs Editor for over 24 years and has authored a dozen books, four of which are still in print.Marguerite Reiss’ career began with extensive newspaper work, after which she sough adventure in Alaska. She wrote feature stories for two Alaska newspapers, roughed it as a librarian for a time in a small, remote village, and went on to write stories of wilderness survival for Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Life, and Guideposts. This is her third book.

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