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Minus 148 Degrees Paperback – December 1, 1999
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Notwithstanding the sheer recklessness of their initial, bumbling efforts at a winter ascent of Mt. McKinley, the fact remains that they did achieve the first such summit, no mean feat any time of year, but almost inconceivable in the dead of winter. Coming off the summit, their thermometer recorded the temperature at a quite bone chilling minus fifty eight degrees.
Caught in a whiteout on their descent, however, the three summiteers were forced to dig a snow cave, where they were to spend endless days, in weather which saw temperatures plummet to an almost mind boggling minus one hundred and forty eight degrees with the wind chill factor, hence the name of the book. That they could survive this, is a testament to their fortitude.
In their snow cave, it was a relatively toasty minus thirty five below. That snow cave was the only thing that stood between them and certain death. With virtually no food, frost bitten, and suffering from disorientation due to the altitude, they waited out the storm and lived to tell the tale.Read more ›
I had a friend who was a high altitude climber who told me about a friend climbing in the Himalayas. The guy went out during a blizzard at high altitude to relieve himself and was never seen again. My friend said,"He was blown into the stratosphere". I never understood that kind of language until I read this book.
It's an incredible story of survival right up there with the story of the voyage of the crew of the Endurance.
The writing is awfully good for a mountain climber!
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A pretty quick and easy read, yet truly one of mountaineering's classics. Well written and compelling.Published 8 months ago by RockHound
Good read. I like pushing the body & minds limit and this is a pretty good tale of that. I am a southern guy so I find it hard to image surviving in below +50 degrees more less... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Total page-turner. Absolutely loved this book. If you like adventure you'll enjoy it.Published 17 months ago by JB74
One of the most honest climbing accounts I have read.Published 21 months ago by Thomas H. Bludworth
After reading this, you get a bit of understanding just how ridiculously difficult and dangerous it is to climb the highest peaks in the world. Read morePublished on July 27, 2014 by John Brennen
One of the best books I've ever read! Art has such a great voice as an author and the story in and of itself is amazing. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by KynsLee
I was recommended this book by our tour guide when we recently visited Denali, in Alaska. While I kept a safe distance on a tour bus, a group of young men several decades ago... Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
If you are thinking of attempting a Denali summit, read this.
This is a well told, first-hand account.
-148 is cold.