Among the most dangerous mountains in the world, Mount Washington has challenged adventurers for centuries with its severe weather. From the days when gentlefolk ascended the heights in hoop skirts and wool suits to today's high-tech assaults on wintry summits, this book offers extensive and intimate profiles of people who found trouble on New Hampshire's Presidential Range, from the nineteenth century through present day. Veteran journalist Nicholas Howe draws on his investigative skills and familiarity with the mountains of his childhood to create this gripping collection. The result is a compelling story about our changing relationship with the mountains we love and the risks they pose. This Tenth Anniversary Edition includes a new afterword by Nicholas Howe, with commentary on how our relationship with the Presidential Range has evolved over the last decade.
Posted by Laurel R. on 24th Jul 2012
Great account of humans -vs- Mt Washington. I enjoyed it very much and couldn't help but absorb the Darwinesque lessons taught by those who had more bravado than common sense. The book starts out a little slow with the early human history of the mountain as a tourist attraction and natural retreat, but picks up and moves quickly through shocking account after shocking account. The author's descriptions of the rescues and many characters involved in AMC history, mountain hut keepers, and local rescue organizations gives the reader a feel for the helplessness and bewilderingly limited resources rescuers exerience when conditions are really bad. I was left with wanting to honor those noble rescuers by being a responsible hiker and never needing their assistance. This book is required reading for those considering hiking in the Mt Washington region.