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Falling Season: Inside the Life and Death Drama of Aspen's Mountain Rescue Team
     

Falling Season: Inside the Life and Death Drama of Aspen's Mountain Rescue Team

by Hal Clifford
 

* Offers an inside view of the dangers, emotions, and politics of a mountain rescue group

* Covers one of the most publicized mountain rescue operations of the decade: Express Creek

To write fairly about mountain rescuers, journalist Hal Clifford was told, you must become one yourself. And so began the most challenging assignment of his career -- in the

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* Offers an inside view of the dangers, emotions, and politics of a mountain rescue group

* Covers one of the most publicized mountain rescue operations of the decade: Express Creek

To write fairly about mountain rescuers, journalist Hal Clifford was told, you must become one yourself. And so began the most challenging assignment of his career -- in the wilderness around Aspen, Colorado, where each year the destinies of a handful of skiers, hikers, and climbers intersect with those of their rescuers. The Falling Season is Clifford's thrilling account of an insider's life and time on one of America's premier mountain rescue teams. Giving new voice to the adrenaline rush, he recounts the harrowing moments and the against-the-clock, painstaking procedures of more than a dozen mountain rescues, including 1993's infamous Express Creek crisis and its attendant media circus.

Throughout, he profiles his teammates, dedicated volunteers who leave warm beds and meals at a moment's notice and brave unimaginably harsh conditions to save an injured stranger's life. Here are their thoughts and motivations as they dangle from cliff sides, risk avalanches, and wait for fateful words on static-filled radios. Unflinchingly honest, Clifford also talks about the divisive politics, personal struggles, egos, and occasional unhappy outcomes that are an inevitable part of rescuing life.

Editorial Reviews

Skiing magazine
Author Hal Clifford provides both the drama of search and rescue and the insight into the organization of such all-volunteer groups.
author Ted Conover
Engrossing ... Clifford hauls the reader up high peaks in a nail-biting search for both the dead and the dying, and for the spirit that animates those who rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898866339
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

HAL CLIFFORD is the executive editor of Orion magazine and the author of several books, most recently Downhill Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns and the Environment. His work has appeared in more than 60 publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Business Week, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure.

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