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Publisher Comments:

Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches—some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box—with deadly results. Avalanche expert Jill Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when they will strike, deliberately triggering them with explosives, teaching potential victims how to stay alive, and leading rescue efforts when tragedy strikes. 
 
In Snowstruck, Fredston draws on decades of personal experience to take “avalanches out of the statistical realm and into the human one” (Skiing Magazine): a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly that he cant move a finger, rescuers racing both time and weather, forecasters treading the line between reasonable risk and danger. Fredston brings to life the awesome forces of nature that can turn the mountains deadly—and the equally inexo­rable forces of human nature that lure us time and again into treacherous terrain.

Review:

"Co-director, with her husband, Doug Fesler, of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, the author is an expert on both the beauty and dangers of snowy mountain ranges. Combining the expressive reverence for nature evident in an earlier work, Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge, with her own experiences, Fredston sounds a wake-up call to those who ski, hike or drive snow machines through snow-packed peaks and passes. Avalanches, she says, are not completely unpredictable, and can be avoided by reading the snow scrupulously and picking routes carefully. Drawing also on her husband's research on the history of avalanches in Alaska, Fredston describes how she and Fesler teach those who enjoy the mountains the best ways to minimize their risk. She presents harrowing accounts of rescue efforts the two have led, highlighting fatal accidents that might have been avoided. Fredston details, for example, the death of her friend Todd, an experienced skier, whose joy in the sport overcame caution when he and his comrades embarked on a last run that sparked a deadly avalanche. Fredston conveys the emotional toll too many mountain deaths have taken on the couple as well as their sense of mission to prevent future tragedies. B&W photos. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

In this memoir, Fredston recounts her experiences as a rescuer, her time in Alaska with her husband, creating the Alaska Mountain Safety Center with him, teaching people about avalanches and survival techniques, and the experiences of victims and trapped skiers. No bibliography or index is provided. Fredston is the co-author of Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

JILL FREDSTON is the author of Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge, which won a 2002 National Outdoor Book Award. She and her husband, Doug Fesler, are codirectors of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. They live in the mountains above Anchorage.

Table of Contents

Moments of Truth 2

Union of Circumstance 36

Unburying the Past 70

A Walk in the Park 104

Rules of Engagement 130

The Game of Jeopardy158

Silver Screens 190

Line of Fire 210

Heat of Friction 240

Faces in the Dark 278

Truth or Consequences 308

Acknowledgments 339

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151012497
Subtitle:
In the Grip of Avalanches
Author:
Fredston, Jill
Author:
Fredston, Jill A.
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Survival skills
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070108
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photographs throughout p
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Co-director, with her husband, Doug Fesler, of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, the author is an expert on both the beauty and dangers of snowy mountain ranges. Combining the expressive reverence for nature evident in an earlier work, Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge, with her own experiences, Fredston sounds a wake-up call to those who ski, hike or drive snow machines through snow-packed peaks and passes. Avalanches, she says, are not completely unpredictable, and can be avoided by reading the snow scrupulously and picking routes carefully. Drawing also on her husband's research on the history of avalanches in Alaska, Fredston describes how she and Fesler teach those who enjoy the mountains the best ways to minimize their risk. She presents harrowing accounts of rescue efforts the two have led, highlighting fatal accidents that might have been avoided. Fredston details, for example, the death of her friend Todd, an experienced skier, whose joy in the sport overcame caution when he and his comrades embarked on a last run that sparked a deadly avalanche. Fredston conveys the emotional toll too many mountain deaths have taken on the couple as well as their sense of mission to prevent future tragedies. B&W photos. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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