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Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters
Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters
by James M. Tabor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.95
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preconceived opinions?, October 17, 2007
While browsing my local bookstore, I saw a book with a title that left no question in my mind about the subject: an event that happened 40 years ago and I could now read about the truth surrounding that tragedy on Mt. McKinley: Forever on the Mountain, by James Tabor. In the summer of 1967 I was full of dreams and anticipation as to what my second season at Mt. McKinley National Park might bring: new adventures, amazing sights, the trill of just the chance to view that magical mountain, Mt. McKinley. At the same time I was living my dreams, another group of young men were about to begin their own adventures and dreams, and attempt to summit the great mountain. As I read on, I realized sometimes in life no matter how well we plan and organize, things happen; attitudes and egos do not mix; politics and bureaucracy diminish the chance for success. In this book, these problems are brought forth and analyzed with a very straight forward approach, giving the public an unbiased solution of what happened and didn't happen in the most tragic disaster in North American climbing history. I thought it was a great read, especially having lived at McKinley during the event, and is important for anyone who has preconceived opinions about what actually took place on the mountain.

Gary Smith


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