The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
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The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

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In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy struck: they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be discovered until the following June. The White Death is the riveting account of that fat...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 13th 2001 by Anchor (first published September 19th 2000)
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I actually got this book by accident. I meant to order the book The White Death: A History of Tuberculosis by Thomas Dormandy. Unsurprisingly, I put this book aside and ignored it for a few years to punish it for not being the book I wanted to read. Finally, running out of unread material, I rescued it from oblivion and took it with me as my in-flight read last month. And, apart from a couple of chapters that absolutely DARE you to skip them, it was a pretty interesting read.

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Steve Fisher
Reminiscent of Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire, Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard, and Night of the Grizzlies by Jack Olson, McKay Jenkins' The White Death is a gripping tale of a star-crossed climbing family, as well as an informative study of mountains, the nature of snow and avalanches. Tragic and poignant.
Edward H. Busse, III
If there was a 4.5 star rating...this would've been perfect. The book starts out slow with very in-depth, personal descriptions of each of the main "players" in the tragedy. For me, this was a frustrating part of the book as I kept wondering...OK...when do we get to the meat of the tragedy. But the story soon takes off and you are thrust into the heart-pounding events leading up to the avalanche and the subsequent search/rescue and eventual recovery of the boys' bodies. In corresponding chapters...more
More of a guide to deadly avalanche's across the world, than a story of the 5 climbers tragic death. Interesting, but repetitive.
I'll never again think of snow as innocent or friendly.
Patty Garland
Just plain sad.
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