The Mammoth Book of Mountain Disasters
True Stories of Rescue from the Brink of Death
Edited by Hamish MacInnes
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Mammoth Book of Mountain Disasters by Hamish MacInnes
Book DescriptionCaught way up on the mountain, no one is safe, from the archetypal nightmare of Tony Kurtz, seen to freeze to death by his stranded rescuers as he hung off the Eiger, to events that unfolded on the Grand Teton, where rescuers narrowly escaped being clubbed to death by their reluctant rescuees. This collection of 35 first-hand accounts will shock and inspire in equal measure. Here is the original draft of Joe Simpson's classic Touching the Void and the first full telling of Jamie Andrew's extraordinary rescue from the Alps, which made headlines in 1999. Plus a specially commissioned account of the epic winter rescue on Mount Ararat, 2000 - the most remote mission ever undertaken by a helicopter-rescue team. And the rescuers own grim battles for survival. Compiled by one of the world's most respected mountaineers, this volume spans five continents - from the Appalachians to Mount Cook, from Peak Lenin to Siula Grande. It includes some of the brightest stars of mountaineering and mountain rescue: Joe Simpson, Doug Scott, Pete Sinclair, Milos Vrbe, Paul Nunn, Ludwig Gramminger, Karen Glazley, Ken Phillips and Blaise Agresti.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841196756
(197mm x 130mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Robinson Publishing
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hamish MacInnes
In the Shadow of Ben Nevis, Paperback (February 2016)
In the Shadow of Ben Nevis is the autobiography of Ian 'Spike' Sykes. It tells his story from growing up during WWII, to his time with the RAF Kinloss mountain rescue, a stint with the British Antarctic Survey, before a return to Scotland where he set up the Nevisport shops and was a key player in the Nevis Range ski and MTB centre development.
International Mountain Rescue Handbook, Paperback (May 2005)
New paperback edition of the practical handbook on modern mountain rescue techniques - an invaluable source of knowledge for mountaineers everywhere.
Evidence of Things Not Seen, Hardback (May 2002)» View all books by Hamish MacInnes
The Evidence of Things Not Seen is the award-winning autobiography from one of Britain's finest mountaineering writers. In it, W.H. Murray recounts his early climbs in Scotland, involvement in WWII, his important exploratory climbs in the Himalaya and on Everest and his environmental concerns back home in Scotland.
UK Kirkus Review » What does it feel like to freefall from a rockface? Or to be buried under an avalanche with powder pouring down your windpipe? The climber's natural habitation is the precipice between life and death where gusts of wind sound like exploding shells and snow can be as hard as roughcast concrete. Standby for the ultimate in vicarious thrills as you find yourself struggling for a foothold on some of the highest mountains in the world: Ben Nevis - 'The Venemous One', 'The Ogre' in the glacier region of Pakistan or the North Face of The Eiger.Marvel at the climbing fraternity's courage to plod on beset by altitude headaches, mental lassitude, snow blindness and the loss of a companion. Experience the hideous noise of falling rocks. Be a rope's length away from disaster before being rescued by a 'paraffin budgie' (helicopter). And somehow accept that fractured skull, broken legs and smashed ankles are all part of the game. A wonderful winter read celebrating man's age old conquering spirit. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Hamish MacInnes
Hamish MacInnes pioneered mountain-rescue techniques and equipment. He is the author of Climb to the Lost World and The International Mountain Rescue Handbook.
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