Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK742A-445
WHITE DEATH: TRAGEDY AND HEROISM IN AN AVALANCHE ZONE SIGNED by McKay Jenkins 2000 1st edition DJ
By Jenkins, McKay.
Price: $19.95

List Price: $40.00
You Save $20.05 (50%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

2000. 228 pp, 29 photos. In 1969 5 climbers set out for the North Face of Mt Cleveland in Glacier Park and were buried in an avalanche. This is their story, and of avalanche's role in history. As New Hardcover with DJ.

SIGNED by McKay Jenkins on the title page.
 
There's often a fine line between heroism and foolhardiness, as in the deaths in 1969 of five young Montana climbers (ages 18 to 22) who, against the advice of professional rangers, made a winter attempt on treacherous Mt. Cleveland in Montana's Glacier National Park and succumbed to an avalanche. In an engrossing tour de force, Jenkins, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer, re-creates this tragedy and also seamlessly interweaves a wealth of avalanche lore, science and history. Jenkins, writing in crisp, clean prose, fashions a deeply personal tale out of their adventure.

One of the five, Jerry Kanzler, an accomplished climber, was still recovering emotionally from his father's 1967 suicide; a certain bravado and desire to prove his manhood seems to have motivated him as well as his companions. Jerry's brother Jim, a ski instructor, risked his life trying to find and save the missing five, but it would take rescuers six months to locate the bodies. In 1976, to honor his brother, Jim Kanzler and two friends became the first climbers ever to scale Mt. Cleveland's steeply vertical north face.

 
Jenkins, who teaches writing at the University of Delaware, probes the metaphysical roots of mountaineering, spins tales of avalanches from Peru to New Zealand and covers the latest advances in avalanche science. He also explores avalanches in history, from Hannibal's devastating loss of men and horses in the French Alps to the WWII heroism of U.S. Alpine ski troops, who helped Allied forces capture German strongholds in the Italian Apennines.

By turns gripping, informative, and even frightening, The White Death probes the interplay of human endeavor in the mountains, the fragile beauty of snow, and nature's mysterious power. Jenkins succeeds admirably in melding human drama with the indifference of natural forces, allowing the 'avalanche-beast' to build in character through survivors' reports, news clippings, and scientific findings. The book's emotional centerpiece is the tragic story of an avalanche that roared down Mount Cleveland in Glacier National Park, where five young climbers set out to scale the treacherous North Face.

Just days into their climb, snow and strong winds set in. 'What they saw could not have been inviting: snow clouds covered the mountain's summit...with loose powder avalanches regularly scrubbing it clean.' Bud Anderson, older brother to one of the climbers, flew his single-engine plane over the mountain to observe the team's progress. 'He hoped, perhaps, to rock his wings at them as a sign of encouragement, or congratulations.' Instead, 'his breath caught. The tracks ended at the unmistakable edge of a massive fresh avalanche...' Jenkins's stirring account pieces the clues and rescue efforts together to read like a true and terrible mystery being solved.

The horror of being buried alive by snow is vivid and sober among these pages, and is sure to chill climbers as well as those reading from the comforts of central heating. The author's vision is acute and helps better assess the bounds of our human capacity and domain


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
WHITE DEATH: TRAGEDY AND HEROISM IN AN AVALANCHE ZONE McKay Jenkins 2000 1st ed New Hardcover DJ
By: Jenkins, McKay
Price $4.95 ~ Regular $23.95, You Save $19.00 (79%)
- Item # BK742-274
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST SCIENCE IN THE DEATH ZONE DVD
By: Brice, Russell, Greg Child.
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $29.95, You Save $10.00 (33%)
- Item # V2384
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA: 50 JAHRE EXPEDITIONEN IN DIE TODESZONE [ANNAPURNA: 50 YEARS OF EXPEDITIONS IN THE DEATH ZONE] 2000 1st ed Paperback As New SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By: Messner, Reinhold
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $35.01 (47%)
- Item # BK1017-851
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ONE MOUNTAIN THOUSAND SUMMITS: THE UNTOLD STORY. TRAGEDY AND TRUE HEROISM ON K2 Wilkinson, Freddie 2010
By: Wilkinson, Freddie
Price $5.95 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $19.00 (76%)
- Item # BK2464
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
OFF THE MAP: BICYCLING ACROSS SIBERIA Mark Jenkins 1992 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple Copies Available
By: Jenkins, Mark
Price $2.95 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $22.00 (88%)
- Item # BK739-2748
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE TOP OF THE WORLD CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST Steve Jenkins 1999 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By: Jenkins, Steve
Price $4.95 ~ Regular $16.00, You Save $11.05 (69%)
- Item # BK1823-274
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
JOSHUA TREE BOULDERING 2000 2nd ed New Paperback SIGNED by Mari Gingery
By: Gingery, Mari
Price $24.95
- Item # GB561-9564
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPINE JOURNAL 2000 (UK) Volume 105
By: Alpine Club, edited by Ed Douglas
Price $34.95
- Item # AJ2000
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE KANGCHENJUNGA ADVENTURE Smythe 2000 Paperback
By: Smythe, Frank S.
Price $24.95
- Item # BK2217
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DER BERG RUFT! [THE MOUNTAIN CALLS!] Martin Uitz 2000 Catalog Softcover Fine
By: Uitz, Martin
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP3784-713
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


WHAT THE TRAVELLER SAW Eric Newby 1998 Paperback
By: Newby, Eric.
Price $15.95
- Item # BK1107
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEPAL: A STATE OF POVERTY David Seddon 1987 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Seddon, David
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.01 (50%)
- Item # OP2279-789
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
RED PEAK A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH SOVIET EXPEDITION 1962 Malcolm Slesser 1st US ed Hardcover DJ VG-Near Fine 6 Copies Available
By: Slesser, Malcolm
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # OP15C-5146
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LAST DAYS 1992 1st ed Hardcover DJ SIGNED by John Roskelley 3 Copies Available
By: Roskelley, John
Price $35.00
- Item # BK1317B-4783
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NANGA PARBAT: WAHRHEIT UND WAHN DES ALPINISMUS [NANGA PARBAT: TRUTH AND DELUSION OF ALPINISM] Ralf-Peter Martin 2002 1st ed Hardcover DJ New SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By: Martin, Ralf-Peter
Price $49.99 ~ Regular $99.99, You Save $50.00 (50%)
- Item # BK5359-851
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE TIME HAS COME: GER McDONNELL: HIS LIFE AND HIS DEATH ON K2 Damien O'Brien 2012 1st ed Paperback
By: O'Brien, Damien. Foreword by Simone Moro.
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $39.95, You Save $30.00 (75%)
- Item # BK2586-111
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE WHITE SPIDER: THE STORY OF THE NORTH FACE OF THE EIGER Heinrich Harrer 1960 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine [Not Signed]
By: Harrer, Heinrich
Price $200.00
- Item # OP365C-129
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ZWEI KAUKASUS-EXPEDITIONEN [TWO CAUCASUS EXPEDITIONS] Andreas Fischer 1891 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Fischer, Andreas
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $25.00 (50%)
- Item # OP5038-196
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ON THE HEIGHTS 1964 1st UK edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Walter Bonatti
By: Bonatti, Walter
Price $850.00 ~ Regular $875.00, You Save $25.00 (3%)
- Item # OP1770AB-257
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
AUFBRUCH INS UNGEWISSE: ABENTEUER ZWISCHEN K2, SINKIANG UND AMAZONAS [DEPARTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN: ADVENTURE BETWEEN K2, SINKIANG AND THE AMAZON] 2004 Hardcover DJ New 2 Copies Available SIGNED by Diemberger
By: Diemberger, Kurt
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $65.01 (87%)
- Item # BK2279-7652
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart