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On Mount Washington, it's lack of preparation, not the mountain, that kills. The weather is highly changeable with wind gusts of 140 mph and -35 degree temps. Then there are the avalanches and icefalls. Combine this with inexperienced hikers in t-shirts and flip flops and things can get ugly fast. Death on Mount Washington describes the circumstances behind the tragic tale On Mount Washington, it's lack of preparation, not the mountain, that kills. The weather is highly changeable with wind gusts of 140 mph and -35 degree temps. Then there are the avalanches and icefalls. Combine this with inexperienced hikers in t-shirts and flip flops and things can get ugly fast. Death on Mount Washington describes the circumstances behind the tragic tales of those who have lost their lives on the mountain. No one--not even the most experienced mountaineer or pilot--is safe from the mountain's mercurial weather conditions. Learn from the mistakes of others in the comfort and safety of your armchair and remember to respect Mount Washington on your next ski trip.


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On Mount Washington, it's lack of preparation, not the mountain, that kills. The weather is highly changeable with wind gusts of 140 mph and -35 degree temps. Then there are the avalanches and icefalls. Combine this with inexperienced hikers in t-shirts and flip flops and things can get ugly fast. Death on Mount Washington describes the circumstances behind the tragic tale On Mount Washington, it's lack of preparation, not the mountain, that kills. The weather is highly changeable with wind gusts of 140 mph and -35 degree temps. Then there are the avalanches and icefalls. Combine this with inexperienced hikers in t-shirts and flip flops and things can get ugly fast. Death on Mount Washington describes the circumstances behind the tragic tales of those who have lost their lives on the mountain. No one--not even the most experienced mountaineer or pilot--is safe from the mountain's mercurial weather conditions. Learn from the mistakes of others in the comfort and safety of your armchair and remember to respect Mount Washington on your next ski trip.

44 review for Death on Mount Washington: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness on the Northeast's Highest Peak (Non-Fiction)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ursula Johnson

    Fascinating Accounts of Deaths on Mt. Washington This was a fascinating account of deaths in Mount Washington. It contains some of the strongest winds on the planet and a large number of people go hiking, skiing, mountain climbing and more not adequately prepared. This mountain is particularly dangerous, with varying temperatures, steep trails, narrow passages and more. The majority of people who perished, we're overconfident or did not take the dangers seriously. More people die or are injured i Fascinating Accounts of Deaths on Mt. Washington This was a fascinating account of deaths in Mount Washington. It contains some of the strongest winds on the planet and a large number of people go hiking, skiing, mountain climbing and more not adequately prepared. This mountain is particularly dangerous, with varying temperatures, steep trails, narrow passages and more. The majority of people who perished, we're overconfident or did not take the dangers seriously. More people die or are injured in the outdoors than many think. The author's detailed research is evident and provides life saving tips as well. A thrilling book I found hard to put down.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aubri

    I'm an avid hiker and backpacker with more than 3000 miles under my boots; I live in New England and visit the Whites frequently, so this topic really appealed to me. While I enjoyed the information and that each incident was presented as a few paragraphs/pages making it more of a collection of short stories, the book fell short of what I'd hoped and expected. The stories were bundled by demise type and within that, they were scattered around the timeline, with no discernible organization which I'm an avid hiker and backpacker with more than 3000 miles under my boots; I live in New England and visit the Whites frequently, so this topic really appealed to me. While I enjoyed the information and that each incident was presented as a few paragraphs/pages making it more of a collection of short stories, the book fell short of what I'd hoped and expected. The stories were bundled by demise type and within that, they were scattered around the timeline, with no discernible organization which made for a discombobulated read. Additionally, the second half of the book felt more rushed and slipshod than the first half, with less detail about each event. While an engrossing read, it felt engrossing because of its voyeuristic nature and close relation to local news outlets that provide both too many gruesome details and not enough context. It also didn't feel particularly educational; though it never claimed to be, it seemed like a missed opportunity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    As an avid hiker, I read books on hiking accidents death and the like to learn. While this book did break down death by how, it just provided snippets and even captured pure accidents without a rationale. Misfortunes of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I might think of this as a detailed index more than a book of information. I was left a little confused and baffled by what the writers intent was in bringing all these varied stories together. When the ending talks about how to be prep As an avid hiker, I read books on hiking accidents death and the like to learn. While this book did break down death by how, it just provided snippets and even captured pure accidents without a rationale. Misfortunes of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I might think of this as a detailed index more than a book of information. I was left a little confused and baffled by what the writers intent was in bringing all these varied stories together. When the ending talks about how to be prepared, I am not sure how the poor children on the cog could have known the cog was going to fail and have been more prepared or how the very prepared and experienced mountaineers would have benefited from the advice. Confused.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Not my favorite death in national parks volume, perhaps because this one has been narrowed down to just one mountain. I might have enjoyed it more had I not read it in winter, since the vast majority of the mishaps described here are related to cold, ice, and snow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Wish it had pictures of the trails to follow the stories. Great book to read. Sad to hear that so many people died enjoying what they loved to to.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Xzs

    I’m giving this 2.5 stars. This book appealed to me for a variety reasons, the topic alone guaranteed a 2 star review. The problem is that the book appeared to be hastily compiled. The names and dates in the index do not all correspond with the text, so which is correct? The book didn’t delve into much detail of the various incidents, instead it reiterates info that appears to have been gleaned from newspaper articles and other, likely better researched books. I did appreciate the emphasis on th I’m giving this 2.5 stars. This book appealed to me for a variety reasons, the topic alone guaranteed a 2 star review. The problem is that the book appeared to be hastily compiled. The names and dates in the index do not all correspond with the text, so which is correct? The book didn’t delve into much detail of the various incidents, instead it reiterates info that appears to have been gleaned from newspaper articles and other, likely better researched books. I did appreciate the emphasis on the unpredictability of the weather on Mount Washington; that garnered a half star. However, the book fell short of my expectations. When I looked up the author’s resume, it all became apparent. The author is a master of churning out guide books. My synopsis: quality trumps quantity.

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