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On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak


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Matt Werbach, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by Matt Werbach)
Jon Bell did an incredible job of making the history, geology and true measure of this mountain both educating and compelling. To entertain while informing is an art all its own, and Bell is practiced and deft. Bell weaves the more disparate elements of Mount Hood's storied past together by sharing his personal exploration of the Timberline Trail. That thread holds the whole piece together. You may think you know Mount Hood; you don't. Bell will surprise even the most researched and bookish among us.
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Sterling74, June 12, 2011 (view all comments by Sterling74)
If you have ever seen, visited, or live within view of Mount Hood, this book is a must have. It tells the story of Mount Hood in a very engaging, exciting and accessible way. After reading On Mount Hood, I see the mountain with a new set of eyes and feel like I know it even more. In particular I loved the "Accident" chapter. Again, great book, great writing and it's all Mount Hood! A great read!
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A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak
Bell, Jon
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Some 50 miles southeast of Portland lies the highest peak in the state of Oregon: Mount Hood, a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano. The fourth tallest in the Cascade range (around 11,240 feet high), Mount Hood is currently rated fourth by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in terms of "size and potential damage of an eruption." There is, of course, far more to Hood than its latent explosive power, as Jon Bell's intriguing book On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak makes abundantly clear.

Light on the science and heavy on the personal anecdote, Bell's often charming book explores nearly every facet the mountain has to offer. On Mount Hood's brief chapters cover everything from the peak's geological history, its glaciers, and its pronounced effects on local weather to the history of its early summits, the storied Timberline Lodge, and details about its many climbing fatalities (nearly 140 since records have been kept). Bell also dispels some of the long-held myths regarding Mount Hood, most notably that Portland's drinking water is fed by the mountain's glacial runoff (in fact, none of the city's drinking water originates on the mountain — nearly all of it comes from the nearby Bull Run watershed).

Jon Bell's affection for the mountain is evident, and his enthusiasm for its wonder and beauty is easily shared. On Mount Hood is a great general-interest book on one of Oregon's most recognizable (and influential) landmarks. From its foothills to the timberline to its snow-capped summit, Bell provides an interesting firsthand glimpse of Hood's many striking characteristics.

Whether hiking or climbing or skiing or camping on it, gazing longingly at it from an office window, sipping a pale ale with its countenance on the label, enduring the rain it wrings from the air, following a story about climbers lost on it or massive trees about to be cut on it, Hood has a story that inevitably becomes a part of your own. The mountain's presence is undeniable and iconic, always there, whether you can see it or not. It is a paragon of alpine beauty, but also in its entirety much more than that. Mount Hood is sunshine and storms, forests and fauna; it is snow, ice, and water; it is history and tragedy, mystery and glory.

"Review" by , "It took more than a decade, but Mount Hood now has a book to rival Mount Rainier's."
"Review" by , "Jon Bell shows you that no matter what you think you know about Mount Hood, there's more to learn. He's the author of the recently published On Mount Hood, a beautiful work that weaves the personal, historic, geologic and newsworthy tales of the mountain into an entertaining, enrapturing book."
"Review" by , "On Mount Hood tells the story of Mount Hood in a way that's surprisingly never been done before."
"Synopsis" by , On Mount Hood is a contemporary, first-person narrative biography of Oregon's greatest mountain, featuring stories full of adventure and tragedy, history and geology, people and places, trivia and lore. The mountain itself helps create the notorious Oregon rains and deep alpine snows, and paved the way for snowboarding in the mid 1980s. Its forests provide some of the purest drinking water in the world, and its snowy peak captures the attention of the nation almost every time it wreaks fatal havoc on climbers seeking the summit. On Mount Hood builds a compelling story of a legendary mountain and its impact on the people who live in its shadow, and includes interviews with a forest activist, a volcanologist, and a para-rescue jumper.
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