Not without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire (Tenth Anniversary Edition) [NOOK Book]

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Among the most beautiful and deadly mountains in the world, Mount Washington has challenged adventurers for centuries with its severe weather. From the days when gentlefolk ascended the heights in hoop skirts and wool suits to today’s high-tech assaults on wintry summits, this book offers extensive and intimate profiles of people who found trouble on New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, from the nineteenth century through the present day.
Recognized by the Boston Globe as one of...
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Not without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire (Tenth Anniversary Edition)

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Overview

Among the most beautiful and deadly mountains in the world, Mount Washington has challenged adventurers for centuries with its severe weather. From the days when gentlefolk ascended the heights in hoop skirts and wool suits to today’s high-tech assaults on wintry summits, this book offers extensive and intimate profiles of people who found trouble on New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, from the nineteenth century through the present day.
Recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the 100 Essential New England Books, the first edition of Not Without Peril garnered acclaim from the Banff Mountain Book Festival for its gripping tales of exploration and tragedy. This tenth anniversary edition includes a new afterword from author Nicholas Howe, who offers a personal account of an evening spent at the Mount Washington Observatory while 160-mile-per-hour winds raged outside.
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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Peter Crane, Director of Programs, Mount Washington Observatory
“Nick Howe has combined extensive research with his rich personal knowledge to weave an articulate tale of adventure, challenge, and tragedy. Today’s mountain travelers can ignore these historic lessons only at their own peril.”
Lloyd Feriss
“A masterfully written book chronicling 150 years of disaster and near-disaster in these rugged mountains, it serves as a warning to all overzealous newcomers to the range.”
Michael O’Connor
“Howe’s well-written, diligently researched chronicle not only recounts the sad ends of the victims—it is cautionary to note that more have died in the three seasons other than winter—but is chock-full of mountain lore and history.”
Frank , D.O., medical director of Mountain Rescue Service, founder and co-director of SOLO
“A well-crafted collection of stories, exciting yet sobering, and hard to put down. As a hiker and rescuer living in the shadow of Mount Washington, I have gained an even greater respect for the mountains. Never again will I look at them in the same light after having read Not Without Peril.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013935884
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 163,929
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Nicholas Howe has been a journalist since 1977. His widely-published work focuses on outdoor recreation and history. He lives in Jackson, New Hampshire, and is an avid hiker of the White Mountains.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2001

    A Cautionary Review for a Cautionary Tale

    As a student of White Mountain history, I opened NOT WITHOUT PERIL with expectations of learning more about some of the mishaps and deaths on or near Mount Washington. Up to a point, especially for some of the more recent incidents, that hope was partially fulfilled. However, I strongly feel that this volume is the product of sloppy writing, careless editing, or a combination of the two. There was hardly a chapter in which I did not discover errors of fact and/or textual mistakes which would, and should, have been caught by a capable proofreader. While Mr. Howe has an engaging style, and presents an impressive amount of historical detail, he does not cite so much as a single source, nor does he acknowledge the use of other works, both primary and secondary, even though it is quite clear he had to have done so. I am troubled that the Appalachian Mountain Club, with a reputation for quality and accuracy in its guidebooks and other materials, should have accepted and published this work at face value. In brief, it you are looking for entertainmnet, buy this book; if you want information, look elsewhere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    great read

    if you have read into the wild get ready for an easier read. read in three sittings this book is great. great stories and written the same way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Remarkably enjoyable read despite the subject matter

    Compelling, engaging, stimulating to the imagination as well as one's sense of sobriety. I enjoyed this book, it stoked my nostalgia & sentimentality despite the major theme of death.
    The subject is deaths on Mount Washington & the Presidential's in New Hampshire & the cause is often tragic ignorance & all-too-human arrogance, or at least lack-of-humility & respect for the nature of the mountain's weather. A bit of research, proper preparation & attention to those who know & common sense in regards to the dichotomy of weather below & above the treeline might well have kept the death toll out of the triple digits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Drama and a history lesson

    I have spent a lot of time hiking and tramping around the Presidential range. Since my first visit to the White Mountains, I've learned some of the history, and of course I learned all about safety and the sometimes dangerous weather on the Presidentials. But I was fascinated by the details of the circumstances of the tragedies that have occurred there. Even though everyone always feels that tragedies only happen to 'other people', after reading this book, you realize that just one subtle mistake or mis-read of the weather could lead to a string of other circumstances which could very well lead to your own tragedy. The history this book gives of life on the summit and how it has evolved over the years is equally amazing. I believe that most people will be very satisfied with the content of this book. I plan to use it as a reference whenever I return to the White Mountains. Joe Dodge was an inspiration to everyone that knew him, and by everyone who reads this book. Thanks to Mr. Howe, I now have a much greater appreciation for people like Joe Dodge and organizations like the AMC (for which I have been a member for 6 years). In conclusion, I would just like to say that I feel this book is worth every penny and I will re-read it more than once ..... thanks Mr. Howe for this excellent piece of writing.

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