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Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
     

Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

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by Michael P. Ghiglieri, Thomas M. Myers
 

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2016 National Outdoor Book Award Winner for Outdoor Classic

Two River-Running Authors Take Us on a Gripping Tour of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World's Natural Wonders

Aside from being the most famous and most visited of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, Grand Canyon also holds the reputation of being Mother Nature

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2016 National Outdoor Book Award Winner for Outdoor Classic

Two River-Running Authors Take Us on a Gripping Tour of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World's Natural Wonders

Aside from being the most famous and most visited of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, Grand Canyon also holds the reputation of being Mother Nature's most impressive death trap. How well deserved is this reputation? Why does this reputation seem so credible? And what, exactly, are the most lethal dangers that Grand Canyon poses? Are they its soaring cliffs, or its heat, or its bewildering maze of unscalable rock leading to "nowhere?" Or instead is it the "Killer Colorado" rushing through its Inner Gorge?

Grand Canyon's death toll below the rims leaves Mount Everest's appalling record in the dust. This ambitious, well researched, and absolutely gripping book Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon explores every Canyon danger and chronicles every fatal error made by those who failed to respect them.

These pages recount story after story of Man Meets Grand Canyon—and Underestimates It. Casual visitors, adventurers, prospectors, and professional outdoorsmen alike have stepped up to the sudden edge of the vast, unforgiving, desert crucible of Grand Canyon, and failed to understand what they saw. These true stories are suspenseful, engaging, and often astounding. And while many are tragic, the accounts of near-misses offer inspiration and often humor as well. Every story told here—whether of foolish errors or heroism—offers a lesson of survival.

The dangers of Grand Canyon mentioned above—plus an astounding and lethal array of other dangers yet—have claimed hundreds of victims. And this amazing book Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon covers them all.

Authors Ghiglieri and Myers recount many little known fatal incidents for the first time. They also set the record straight on every famous and infamous saga of death in the Canyon. They offer surprising new revelations about what may have happened to John Wesley Powell's missing three men in 1869 and to "honeymooners" Glen and Bessie Hyde, who vanished in 1928.

Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon offers the first comprehensive look at where and how things start going wrong in Grand Canyon. Its lessons compromise a great leap forward in our quest to prevent future fatalities.

Authors Ghiglieri—an ecologist and veteran Canyon river guide of 142 Canyon traverses—and Myers, a medical physician at Grand Canyon Clinic for a decade and a Canyon explorer since age ten, recount many little known fatal incidents for the first time. They set the record straight on every famous—and infamous—saga of death in the Canyon. They recount Arizona's biggest manhunt in history, a 54-day pursuit of Danny Ray Horning and trace the bizarre career of serial killer Robert Merlin Spangler.

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Library Journal
Flagstaff, AZ-based authors Ghiglieri, a biologist who leads river trips in the Grand Canyon and abroad, and Myers (Fateful Journey: Injury and Death on Colorado River Trips in Grand Canyon), a medical doctor who has treated hundreds of Canyon injuries, have compiled a fascinating chronicle of deaths and dangers in Grand Canyon National Park. The book is arranged by category falls, dehydration, floods, the Colorado River, air crashes, freak accidents, suicides, and murder and at the end of each chapter is a chronological list with names, descriptions, and causes of the accidents. The authors show that most of the deaths, whether of tourists, prospectors, or experienced adventurers, occurred when people failed to pay attention to warning signs or did not use common sense; others are attributed to high testosterone levels. The episodes are engrossing, but one becomes sated with the details after a while. For public and large academic libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970097316
Publisher:
Puma Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

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Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book now. I have hike parts of the canyon and find it eerie to read about accidents that have happened in places I have been. While I agree with other reviewers that the book is engrossing, some chapters get a bit tedious. I find it unfortunate that the authors use human tragedy to subtly--and sometimes not so subtly--make what are essentially political arguments. I also have some technical issues with their data analysis. I suspect that many of their conclusions are probably correct (for example, that lone young men are at higher risk for making stupid decisions), their methodology is not rigorous. It would never pass muster as a research article.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interestingly written update on the previous edition by the same title. This edition includes all the deaths in Grand Canyon that were in the original edition and adds other deaths occuring since, up to 2011. It serves as a viable warning not to trust what you THINK you can do and always be aware of the potential dangers (which are many in Grand Canyon)around you.
JaneGuzauskas More than 1 year ago
I cannot sit down for more that 10 or 20 minutes with a book. This book is no exception, but that's the beauty of how the authors structured the chapters. They separated the topics quite strategically (Death by Floods, Death by Natural Disasters, by Murder, by Air, etc.), so that people like me with a short attention span can put the book down knowing that it can be picked up and resumed at anytime with just as much interest as before. My favorite parts are the tables at the end of each chapter that list the tragedies chronically, so that if I want I can go back and read the details. Genius, Guys! My most favorite section is the summation at the end--The Grand Canyon is not an amusement park, and we need to respect its wrath as well as beauty and splendor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book by sheer accident, and I couldn't put it down! I'm amazed at how stupid people can be when standing on the edge of a chasm like that. Never climb over a barrier wall, especially backwards. Not at all morbid. Very educational.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
VERY GOOD!!! Well written, informative, and highly interesting. And it could save your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recommended by a co-worker, I saved it to read on the trip. An historical, well written page turner, it set the tone for the mysterious Grand Canyon region. My husband and teenage sons found the book equally as fascinating. Non-fiction at it's best, letting the facts tell the stories, and teach the lessons. A great book, even if you never go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a resident of Page, Arizona, and frequently enjoy the various recreational opportunities that Grand Canyon has to offer. This book is a great representation of what can happen there if the right precautions are not taken, or what people do to deliberately get themselves killed or hurt. I love reading this book because it is also a very detailed historical account of the goings on of the Grand Canyon before my time. You are in for a very interesting and informative read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a recent visitor to the Grand Canyon I found this book to be prominently displayed at every gift shop and the like, near the canyon. While I was curious about it, I knew I could save some of my precious travel money and order it once I returned home. It was very much worth the wait. While hiking a few of the trails I realized how difficult they could be for the unprepared. This book realisticly brings all of those stories, and many more, to life. The many adventures and misadventures of the canyon are amazing, and may help you choose the safest mode of viewing The Canyon. If you are interested in History/Non-Fiction this is a GREAT book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well researched and easy to read.