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Near Death in the Mountains: True Stories of Disaster and Survival

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“He wrapped the rope around his body, got ready to rappel and leaned back. Standing about five feet from him, I heard a sharp scraping, Suddenly Ed was flying. I could see him fall, wordless, fifty feet free, then strike the steep ice below…he was sliding and bouncing down. He passed out of sight, but I heard his body bouncing. There wasn't a chance of his stopping for 4,0 ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Vintage (first published July 8th 2008)
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Love this book. Reading this book is like watching Hawaii 5-0--it's an adrenalin rush. I'm always on the edge of my seat. The suspense keeps me turning pages. I'm almost finished and have been introduced to many books on this topic through these short accounts taken from them.

I spend my evenings above 18,000 feet--in the death zone at below zero temperatures--and never leave my reading room. This is what reading is all about--story and vicarious learning. Experiencing some facet of life --which
I loved this book! Well, since it's a collection of stories, it's difficult to rate this book, but since I love stories about climbers and adventures, I loved this book.
This book is an amalgum of several other books. I thought the editing was poor, and often found myself asking what the he** was going on. Source material is probably better.
If you're considering doing any alpine climbing of any degree of intensity... read this first.
Excellent collection of climbing accounts- loved it!
So many mountains; so much death!
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