Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
Two veterans of decades of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the first complete and comprehensive history of Canyon misadventures. These episodes span the entire era of visitation from the time of the first river exploration by John Wesley Powell and his crew of 1869 t...more
The subtitle is all the summary anyone needs: Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders. And the cover adds to this by showing skeletal remains and a mid-air collision. The authors recount all the fatalities occurring in the canyon area, from falls off the rim, to flash floods, to drownings, to murders, and yes aircraft mishaps.
In the interest of full disclosure … a couple of years before we met, my husband went on a Colorado Rive ...more
Well-written and researched and for some who fell in love with the Canyon and its grandeur at first sight, it was a great read. It is not great because of the gory details -- and there are plenty -- because of what it teaches you about survival generally and in the Canyon. Plus, the final chapter is a captivating one discussing the various murder mysteries that have bloomed from the Canyon and which may never been definitely settled.
I learned much from my solo, overnight hike into Grand Canyon t ...more
Morbidly fascinating. Certain chapters just kept me reading and reading, glued to the page long after I needed to go to bed. Others I found rather dry (like, ironically, the drowning chapters). Some did get a bit repetitive, but with the exception of the aforementioned river chapter, I think the repetition was handled fairly well, showing different details with each case. Overall the book was intensely interesting, disturbing, ...more
[P]osing for or taking photographs account for 6 and 4 victims (20 percent) of the 50 total victims of accidental lethal falls from the rim.
Another fatal factor is nightfall. Six other victims – five of them males – fell at night while camping or walking alone. A possible culprit in many of these fatalities may be the male urge to urinate off high places combined with dizziness (and possibly alcohol consumption). Other male victims likely have fallen to their deaths from heights within ...more
Books like this appeal to my interest in the morbid, and also in the assurance that mother nature is indifferent to us. If we a ...more
Being in the outdoors is an uncontrolled environment. The weather can change in an instant, the surroundings can change, and there are no guarantees that you won't get caught up in it.
But as a general r ...more
Anybody who has seen the Grand Canyon knows the awestruck viewpoint of looking out across the rim. This is a fascinating look at the Canyon itself and what makes it so deadly. The facts of the incidents are clearly stated as well as what factors played ...more
Five stars? Yes. Full disclosure: I'm a member of my local search & rescue organization. This may have influenced my rating just a tad. Uniformed people in the desert/mountains make up the majority of our calls, and I wish we could make them ...more
With such thoughts in mind when I came across this book, I was u ...more
I'm always looking for books when we travel, picking up local histories and maps and such. This turned out to be one of the best travel books we've ever gotten. Grim, yes, but amazing nonetheless.
After witnessing some incredibly stupid behavior while we were in Grand Canyon, behavior that thankfully did NOT result in a fatal fall, it was sobering to read about those who did fall and die. (or drown and die, or hike and die, or crash and die) There aren't alot of funny stories in this b ...more
The strange thing about this book is the way the author(s) tried all through the book to draw statistical conclusions when the sample size was, even as a reader I could see, way to small to suppo ...more
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