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 #: OP469E-902
MINUS 148 DEGREES: THE WINTER ASCENT OF MOUNT MCKINLEY Art Davidson 1969 1st ed Hardcover Ch DJ Very Good
By Davidson, Art
Price: $35.00

List Price: $45.00
You Save $10.00 (22%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

New York, 1969, 1st edition, 1st printing. 218 pp, 24 b/w photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has chips and wear on all edges, book is Near fine. Very Good condition.

The first winter ascent of Mt. McKinley was one of the most difficult North American climbs ever. One of the most exciting stories in the literature. 

In January 1967, eight men (four Americans, one Japanese, a New Zealander, one Frenchman and one Swiss) attempted the first winter ascent of Mt McKinley, Alaska’s highest mountain in North America. The summit was conquered, but not without loss of life and considerable suffering. The author, who was one of the three men who made the final climb, tells the story, day by day, of an expedition which was both a triumph and a disaster. On the expedition's second day, one member was killed in a crevasse.
 
The other seven decided, nevertheless, to go on. When eventually, after weeks, they had worked their way up to within striking distance of the northern summit, the first signs of frostbite appeared and the author's altitude sickness forced a temporary retreat. A first summit attempt failed; on the second, three climbers succeeded but had to descend in darkness. They bivouacked at 18,200 feet and were then trapped for six days, with meager supplies, in a hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Given up for dead by the main party, they survived and made the painful descent on frostbitten feet. Davidson admits that the team was guilty of carelessness and errors.
 
From the Introduction to the 2nd edition by David Roberts:

It took a while, but when Art finally settled in and faced his book, he pulled off a remarkable thing. Here was no simple tale of heroism and valor, like Annapurna, but rather a vexed, uneven story of doubt, failure, whim, courage, tragedy. The team was unbalanced, with the strong members far superior to the others. Perhaps the strongest of all was killed in an absurd accident within the first hours of the expedition. The leader himself seemed to lose heart in mid-stream. Yet everything was redeemed by the magnificent accomplishment of the summit in early March, and then by the even more magnificent survival of Art, Dave Johnston, and Ray Genet.

To my delight, the book Art wrote managed, as few expedition chronicles ever have, to deal directly with the conflicts that divided the party, to pay close attention to the personalities involved, to lay bare their weaknesses without disloyalty to the men (who indeed cooperated splendidly by lending diaries), and to narrate without flinching the details of the ordeal at Denali Pass. The potentially diffuse details of the plot came together in a compulsively readable story.

Minus 148 is one of the few true classics in the literature of mountaineering. It richly deserves a republication that will bring it a whole new generation of readers, hungry young climbers and armchair graybeards alike. It is an honor to salute the book's reappearance, and a pleasure to wish it well.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
MINUS 148 DEGREES: THE WINTER ASCENT OF MOUNT MCKINLEY Art Davidson 1969 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Davidson, Art
Price $120.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $30.00 (20%)
- Item # OP469D-902
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MINUS THREE: Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, McKinley Gene Mason 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Near Fine
By: Mason, Gene
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $30.01 (86%)
- Item # OP1002A-349
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
A TOURIST GUIDE TO MOUNT MCKINLEY Bradford Washburn 1980 4th Revised ed Paperback Very Good [Not Signed]
By: Washburn, Bradford
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP1403A-135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LANCASHIRE: A ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE Les Ainsworth and Phil Watkin 1969 Softcover Very Good
By: Ainsworth, Les and Phil Watkins
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $10.00, You Save $5.01 (50%)
- Item # OPG5791-354
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAIN WORLD 1960/1961 DJ
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $40.00 (53%)
- Item # MW1960
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GEORGE MALLORY David Robertson 1969 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Very Good
By: Robertson, David
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $20.01 (40%)
- Item # OP362B-347
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BERGE DER WELT 1960/1961 [MOUNTAIN WORLD 1960/61]
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research.
Price $10.00
- Item # MW1960C
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ANTARCTIC H.G.R. King 1969 Ex Lib Hardcover DJ Very Good
By: King, H.G.R.
Price $2.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $17.01 (85%)
- Item # PL6031-239
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
A TOURIST GUIDE TO MOUNT MCKINLEY Bradford Washburn 1971 1st ed Hardcover Fine
By: Washburn, Bradford
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $15.01 (43%)
- Item # OP1403-135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANGLESEY-GOGARTH CLIMBERS' GUIDE: CRAIG GOGARTH, SOUTH STACK, HOLYHEAD MOUNTAIN Peter Crew 1969 Hardcover Very Good
By: Crew, Peter
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OPG5829-354
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MINUS 148 DEGREES: THE WINTER ASCENT OF MOUNT MCKINLEY Art Davidson 1969 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Davidson, Art
Price $120.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $30.00 (20%)
- Item # OP469D-902
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GREAT GLACIER AND ITS HOUSE: THE STORY OF THE FIRST CENTER OF ALPINISM IN NORTH AMERICA 1885-1925 [Large Format Canada Rockies Photos] William Putnam 1982 1st ed Hardcover DJ New 2 Copies Available
By: Putnam, William
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $31.01 (89%)
- Item # BK1217A-8362
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
I COME FROM THE STONE AGE Heinrich Harrer 1964 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ 2 Copies Available [Not Signed]
By: Harrer, Heinrich
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $30.01 (75%)
- Item # OP112B-6102
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ARCTIC YEAR Peter Freuchen and Finn Salomonsen 1958 Hardcover No DJ Near Fine
By: Freuchen, Peter and Finn Salomonsen
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # PL5964-239
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CONTINENTAL DRIFTER : DISPATCHES FROM THE FARTHEST PARTS OF THE EARTH Michael McRae 1993 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By: McRae, Michael
Price $2.95 ~ Regular $21.95, You Save $19.00 (87%)
- Item # BK1000-274
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
JOURNEY AFTER DAWN Bill Peascod 1985 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Peascod, Bill
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $66.01 (88%)
- Item # OP1676-560
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE BIRTHDAY BOYS [Novel of R.F. Scott] Beryl Bainbridge 1994 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By: Bainbridge, Beryl
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $18.95, You Save $13.96 (74%)
- Item # PL5891-326
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EUGEN GUIDO LAMMER DURST NACH TODESGEFAHR [THIRST FOR DEADLY DANGER] 2005 1st ed Hardcover DJ New 4 Copies Available SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By: Messner, Reinhold and Horst Hofler
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $65.01 (87%)
- Item # BK2057-4254
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TENTS IN THE CLOUDS: THE FIRST WOMEN'S HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION Monica Jackson and Elizabeth Stark 1957 Hardcover No DJ Very Good
By: Jackson, Monica and Elizabeth Stark
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $10.00, You Save $5.01 (50%)
- Item # OP1623A-612
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BULLETIN APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB VOL. XIX FEBRUARY 1926 NO. 7 William P. Dickey Editor 1926 New Paperback 2 Copies Available
By: Dickey, William P. Editor
Price $4.99
- Item # BK3929-5732
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE CAIRNGORMS ON FOOT AND SKI V.A. FIRSOFF 1949 Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Firsoff, V.A.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $69.96 (70%)
- Item # OP6252-471
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart