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Escape from Lucania: An Epic Story of Survival

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In 1937, Mount Lucania was the highest unclimbed peak in North America. Located deep within the Saint Elias mountain range, which straddles the border of Alaska and the Yukon, and surrounded by glacial peaks, Lucania was all but inaccessible. The leader of one failed expedition deemed it impregnable. But in that year, a pair of daring young climbers would attempt a first ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster
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Cameron
Nov 21, 2015 Cameron rated it liked it
This book takes place in the early 1900's. Two men who go way back tell their story, of when they nearly died on Mt. Lucania. Mt. Lucania is up in Canada. Both men had been on mountain expeditions in collage (Harvard), but Lucania was a whole knew game. Over all Escape from Lucania was a great book.

Escape From Lucania was a exiting book about about two men stuck on a mountain. Bob Bates and Brad Washburn have been friends since collage, and have been on mountain climbing expeditions before...
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Abram
Apr 07, 2008 Abram rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Abram by: Amazon
Another mountaineering classic of American Mountaineer lore, The story of Bradford Washburn and Robert(Bob)Bates climb of Mt. Lucania in the St. Elias Range on the Alaskan Yukon border. At the time it was the highest unclimbed mountain in North America. The trip starts with near disaster and the two men struggle to survive for the next weeks as they try to summit the mountain and then escape from the Yukon Wilderness with no supplies before they starve or are killed. This is an excellent book ...more
Susan
Aug 23, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Concise telling of an early achievement by two young mountaineers in the high wild ranges of the Yukon. Somewhat frustratingly sketchy in parts. Based mainly on late-in-life interviews with the two men (who had significant mountaineering careers) and the entries of one climber's diary; both interviews and entries were blithe and breezy. I could sense some of the author's frustration in not being able to flesh out the story more. But the description of the surroundings and stages of the ...more
Cee
Feb 28, 2011 Cee rated it really liked it
It could have ended differently. But it did not. They could have been included in the list of explorers who did not survive; their bodies never found. But they were not. Thus, we can share the audacity in exploring unknown territory, revel in setting up a camp on Shangri-la, despair in delays, detours and unrecovering food stashes; celebrate in reaching the summit and overcoming the odds.

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Jesse
Jan 01, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it
A wonderfully easy book that recounts a survival story of two early mountaineers in Alaska. One of the men because world famous for his black and white still photography of large mountain ranges (Brad Washburn). After being stranded miles from civilization the young men hiked unexplored wilderness in search of a small mining town but in the process put up first ascents on unclimbed peaks.
Doug Cornelius
Dec 17, 2014 Doug Cornelius rated it it was amazing
Roberts is a great writer and this is a great tale. I suppose most great adventure books put the protagonists in mortal danger. It would be fairly boring if there was not more danger than you would experience reading the book in your living room or during your commute.
Ralph
Nov 16, 2008 Ralph rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Climbers
Recommended to Ralph by: Dani Evenson
Knowing Washburn, Bates, and Roberts, and living in Alaska for nearly 30 years, this book had a special meaning for me. It's a wonderful adventure story, more of personal relationships from memories over 70 years old.
Dylan Kowalsky
Oct 26, 2015 Dylan Kowalsky rated it liked it
Bob reeves an alaskan bush pilot wants to do the impsosible to climb the terrifing MT lucania many have tried all have failed bob has some minor mental issues many think that he went up there with no exprence. so he gathere a team and went did they do it you will have to find out;]
Mathias Seiwert
Aug 11, 2013 Mathias Seiwert rated it it was amazing
“Again, really enjoyed this book. I love reading about people being pushed to the extreme and overcoming. Similar to following Jesus—perseverance is such an important part of finishing strong in this life…”
Mihai Giurgiulescu
Dec 20, 2012 Mihai Giurgiulescu rated it really liked it
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This surely must rank as one of the greatest survival stories of the 20th century, if not the entire time.
Erik Lehnhoff
Apr 12, 2011 Erik Lehnhoff rated it really liked it
Ahhhh, the good old days of mountaineering! Great story of survival and sheer audacity. I think people were tougher back in those days!
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A good introduction to Roberts' thorough-but-interesting journalistic style.
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David Roberts is the author of seventeen books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives i
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