Synopses & Reviews
Denaliand#8217;s Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time.
In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaskaand#8217;s Mount McKinleyand#151;known to the locals as Denaliand#151;one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived.
Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denaliand#8217;s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men endured an and#147;arctic super blizzard,and#8221; with howling winds of up to 300 miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today.
As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denaliand#8217;s Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save themand#151;Halland#8217;s father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?
Praise for Denaliand#8217;s Howl
"A page-turner that's as much about memory as it is about mountaineering." -and#160;San Francisco Bay Guardian
"A labor of love...an indelible portrait of the wilderness of [Denali] and the culture of 1960s mountaineering." -and#160;BookPage
"A great read about a grisly historical tragedy. I devoured it in one sitting." --and#160;Yukon News
"A vivid revisitation of a historic Alaskan mountain climbing expedition." -and#160;Kirkus
"Skillful, heartrending" -and#160;Publishers Weekly
"A well-researched description of the deadliest summit expedition on Mount Denali...a vivid account of what the climbers endured, and who they were...a fitting tribute." -and#160;Anchorage Press
and#8220;In this straightforward, balanced account of the greatest mountaineering disaster in Alaskan history, Andy Hall allows the full tragedy of that episode to emerge. In resisting the facile urge to lay blame, his narrative captures with gripping immediacy the intersection of seemingly small human decisions with one of the most powerful storms ever to descend on Denali. As one who was climbing elsewhere in the Alaska Range at the time, I had long pondered just how the catastrophe came to pass. Thanks to Hall, I understand it better than ever before.and#8221;
and#160;and#8212;David Roberts, author of The Mountain of My Fear and Alone on the Ice
and#8220;A haunting, meticulously-researched account of twelve menand#8217;s encounter with the awesome fury of nature.and#8221;
and#8212;Amanda Padoan, author of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on Kand#8217;s Deadliest Day
and#8220;Twelve men went up the slopes of North America's highest mountain in the summer of 1967.and#160; Only five made it back.and#160; The ill-fated Wilcox expedition to Denali finds an able chronicler in Andy Hall's gripping account of mountain majesty, mountain gloom, and human doom.and#8221;
and#8212;Maurice Isserman, co-author of Fallen Giants:and#160; Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes
and#8220;One of those couldnand#8217;t-put-it-down books!and#160; This harrowing story of a more than 40-year-old mountaineering tragedy is raw and immediate as it marches relentlessly towards the final, devastating end.and#8221;
and#8212;Bernadette McDonald, author of Freedom Climbers
Winner of the 2007 Banff Mountain Festival Book Awards Grand Prize (The Phyllis & Don Munday Award): "A riveting account of a long-ago mountaineering disaster."--
In 1967, seven young men, members of a twelve-man expedition led by twenty-four-year-old Joe Wilcox, were stranded on Alaska's Mount McKinley in a vicious arctic storm. All seven perished on what remains the most tragic expedition in American climbing history. Revisiting the event in the tradition of Norman Maclean's , James M. Tabor uncovers elements of controversy, finger-pointing, and cover-up that combine to make this disaster unlike any other.
Winner of the 2007 Banff Mountain Festival Book Awards Grand Prize (The Phyllis andamp; Don Munday Award): "A riveting account of a long-ago mountaineering disaster."'"Time
In 1967, seven young men, members of a twelve-man expedition led by twenty-four-year-old Joe Wilcox, were stranded on Alaska's Mount McKinley in a vicious arctic storm. All seven perished on what remains the most tragic expedition in American climbing history. Revisiting the event in the tradition of Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire, James M. Tabor uncovers elements of controversy, finger-pointing, and cover-up that combine to make this disaster unlike any other.
About the Author
James M. Tabor, a former contributing editor to Outside, attempted Mount McKinley and summitted Mount Sanford. He hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and cocreated the History Channel series Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Waitsfield, Vermont.