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Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters Paperback – June 17, 2008
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To me there is no great mystery. A vicious storm resulted in the deaths of seven climbers. Delays and bureaucratic bungling in declaring an emergency and in launching an all-out rescue may have frustrated all but changes would not have resulted in saving the seven lives.
One weakness in the book results from the author "imagining" what occurred and by doing so leading readers to think the summit team dug snow caves and survuved for severeal days in those caves. I don't believe that happened.
The book by Howard Snyder, The Hall of the Mountain King, about the same climb is a precise description of the climb although it highlights some biases against the Wilcox faction.
Overall- well done but readers must separate fact from authors guesses as to what happened.
I had a hard time understanding why Wilcox was the target of blame for the tragedy. Even if all of the criticisms of the expedition are accepted, they seem to have little causal relation to the deaths on the mountain. His decisionmaking should be judged based on the situation as it unfolded, not as we now know it ultimately would unfold. Only his failure to call for a full rescue effort at the first opportunity may have made a difference, yet that gets little play. The failure of Park Service officials to appreciate the emergency and act promptly is troubling, yet there remains a serious question as to whether that would have ultimately made a difference.
I knew nothing about the 1967 disaster before I read this book, so all of my views are formed by its contents. My primary criticism is the effort to reconstruct conversations for which there is no living witness. Tabor would have been better to describe his conjectures without the level of false precision implicit in his faux dialogue or description of their actions during the storm. Even though a reasonably careful reader would not be misled, it puts the reader needlessly on guard, even during the eyewitness accounts.
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My criticism of this book revolves entirely around choices made by the Author. It seems like he was trying to write the “Into Thin Air” of the Wilcox expedition disaster while... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jimbo Slice
I did go back for a second read through after all these years. Of course, my book SHOULD I NOT RETURN was next in line after your exhaustive expose. Read more
The Purdue Members were all good friends. One, F. Jerry Clark was my roommate.Published 5 months ago by John F. Jansen
The book was a birthday gift for a friend. We did not check the book before sending it on. The recipient contacted us to let us know that the cover was upside down, the chapters... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen Atwood
Impressive book on a sad topic. Increases my respect for nature and the understanding that we as humans continue to test her and continue to lose. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tabor apparently put himself as some sort of authority and spares no ink on attacking Brad Washburn, who is the real legend. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shu Guice
This is a fairly good story but hard to swallow. I have a difficult time reading about people who do stupid stuff and then expect to get rescued when they're in over their heads.Published 8 months ago by Terry P. Rizzuti
A mixture of lots of research and assumptions coming out of thin air. Researched parts good; assumptions made good reading but . . . Read morePublished 9 months ago by pete salomone
Pretty quickly into the book I was disappointed at the writer's attempt to disclose the "truth" behind this tragedy by assuming thoughts, motives, and actions based on what... Read morePublished 10 months ago by BushWoman