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Chasing Denali: The Sourdoughs, Cheechakos, and Frauds Behind the Most Unbelievable Feat in Mountaineering

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The history of mountaineering began on Denali with the legendary story of four gold miners (called "Sourdoughs" because they carried sourdough starter with them at all times) who claimed to have summited after climbing more than 8,000 feet of steep snow and ice, then back down again--all in a single and incredibly dangerous day in 1910. Lugging a 25-pound, 14-foot flagpole ...more
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Published November 1st 2018 by Lyons Press
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Roxie
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not simply that I enjoyed meeting Jon Waterman at a reading at the Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, hearing him discuss what urged him to begin his trek up Denali in the footsteps of the four men (called Sourdoughs for reasons you will read in the book) who said they completed the climb in 1910 wearing home sewn, mattress ticking coats, fur moccasins, carrying hand axes, and no ropes, but it is also that the book's cover with its luminous picture of the mountain grabs you by the eyes, the sub ...more
Robin
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
For those of us interested in adventure, but not very knowledgeable about climbers or the mountains they climb, this book seems a bit hard to follow. Maps of the climbing routes would have been very helpful. I tried to find online maps of Denali to help me follow the stories, but they were impossible for me to find - in enough detail to be able to understand the climbs. The lack of maps ruined this reading experience for me.
Jeff Smith
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great quick read, and it really delved into some of the myths surrounding the first ascents of Denali. There was a good balance of looking at everything that could have been possible, and still not simply accepting the stories as fact.
Kevin
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Difficult read--all over the place.
Keith
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subject matter is interesting, but the writing is only ok. I am, however, inspired to bring donuts along on my next adventure.
Anna
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cold-books, gifts
Interesting story but a little hard to follow.
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