Death in Rocky Mountain National Park: Accidents and Foolhardiness on the Continental Divide

Death in Rocky Mountain National Park: Accidents and Foolhardiness on the Continental Divide

by Randi Minetor


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Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park welcomes more than four million visitors every year, but this jewel of America's parks has seen more than its fair share of deaths among its tourists. More than seventy people have perished attempting to climb Longs Peak, the park's tallest mountain-some of whom vanished into the wilderness, never to be found. Thousand-foot falls from high rock ledges, hypothermia, avalanches that bury climbers, lightning strikes, a historic flood, and even plane crashes are among the ways that park visitors have met a bad end. Author Randi Minetor shares the ultimate collection of these stories while also providing sage advice on how to stay safe in the Rocky Mountains.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493038787
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 458,865
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Randi Minetor has written more than thirty books, including Historic Glacier National Park, Death in Glacier National Park, and Death in Zion National Park. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Cold Comfort: Deaths from Hypothermia 1

Chapter 2 The Highest Mountain: Falls on Longs Peak 45

Chapter 3 The East Face: Death at the Diamond 90

Chapter 4 Deadly Drop: Falls from Other Mountains 118

Chapter 5 Falling Snow and Rock: Avalanches and Rockslides 157

Chapter 6 Tallest Object: Lightning Strikes 173

Chapter 7 Swift Current: Death by Drowning 182

Chapter 8 Airborne Accidents: Plane Crashes 189

Chapter 9 Rising Waters: The Lawn Lake Flood 206

Chapter 10 Off a Cliff: Homicides 220

Chapter 11 Lost Forever: Missing Persons 229

Chapter 12 Strange Circumstances: Unusual Deaths 247

Epilogue: How to Stay Alive in Rocky Mountain National Park 259

Appendix: List of Deaths in Rocky Mountain National Park by Date 271

References 281

Index 312

About the Author 322

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