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Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon Paperback – May 25, 2001
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Flagstaff, AZ-based authors Ghiglieri, a biologist who leads river trips in the Grand Canyon and abroad, and Myers (Fateful Journey: Injury and Death on Colorado River Trips in Grand Canyon), a medical doctor who has treated hundreds of Canyon injuries, have compiled a fascinating chronicle of deaths and dangers in Grand Canyon National Park. The book is arranged by category falls, dehydration, floods, the Colorado River, air crashes, freak accidents, suicides, and murder and at the end of each chapter is a chronological list with names, descriptions, and causes of the accidents. The authors show that most of the deaths, whether of tourists, prospectors, or experienced adventurers, occurred when people failed to pay attention to warning signs or did not use common sense; others are attributed to high testosterone levels. The episodes are engrossing, but one becomes sated with the details after a while. For public and large academic libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Man Meets Grand Canyon-and Underestimates It" expose a death toll that leaves Mount Everests appalling record in the dust -- Prescott Daily Courier
A must-read for anyone planning on going into the Grand Canyon. whether you are hiking, river running or just visiting. -- Flagstaff Live!
Backpackers will find these tales riveting and the lessons applicable to all rugged hiking. -- Backpacker magazine
It's packed full of information that both men hope will teach readers valuable lessons about safety in Grand Canyon. -- Arizona Daily Sun
Perhaps the park should allow the book to be sold on the Rim Trail. -- Williams-Grand Canyon News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The opening sections are absorbing, covering all those rim fall deaths over the years. My only surprise, based on what we saw in our visit, was that there weren't more in this section. The book then moves through all other varieties of death below, above, and over the rim. Some sections were more interesting than others, but for the most part, it was fascinating reading, and I found myself stopping regularly to read parts to my husband.
The authors' goal is not ghoulish. It is to alert Canyon visitors to the fact that this is a dangerous place. We live in a highly protected society. People sue councils and home owners if they trip over a slight fault in a footpath. As the authors point out, this safe and largely secure environment is not The Grand Canyon. The authors state that visitors to the Canyon tend to think that they wouldn't be allowed to do the riskier things (such as the river tours) if they could get hurt. This attitude is wrong.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who has visited the Canyon. Although we only visited the South Rim for the night, I was able to clearly "see" where many of the things in the book took place. I would also recommend it to anyone planning to visit The Grand Canyon, particularly if they want to hike below the rim. Forewarned is forearmed.
Just as I was thinking that when I went to Grand Canyon, maybe I should have done some more exploring... now I'm thinking, whoo-ee, maybe it's a good thing I stayed at the rim. And far back from the rim, at that.
When I was there, I recall that there were repeated warnings to the effect that one should not plan to hike down to the river and hike back up the same day. At least one guy did it anyway, and a couple weeks later they were still looking for him. Pretty chilling, being on a tour bus where signs are posted with the guy's photo and description.
These stories are all pretty much like that, except that most of the time, you find out how they ended. Most of them are pretty grisly.
One moral of these stories seems to be, when the park rangers tell you something is a bad idea, or even that you are likely to get killed doing it, it's best to heed the suggestion and find something safer to do. Another moral is, if you're going to do it anyway, make sure you're properly provisioned. And the last moral is, whether you're planning something stupid or not, get the proper permits and stick to the permit itinerary so they know where to look for your body.
The authors aren't great writers, but the tales are riveting just the same. I kind of think the telling would have lost something if it had been more polished.