Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak (Compact Disc)
In 1967 at the height of summer, 12 men attempted a summit of Mt McKinley. Their climb coincided with a once-in-a-generation collision of storm fronts at the peak of the mountain. The majority of those 12 men would parish on the Mountain. Denali's Howl is written by Andy Hall, whose father was superintendent of Denali National Park in '67 and coordinated the rescue attempts for the 12 men. Hall not only excels at telling this harrowing tale, he also makes us feel connected to each climber's personal story, and the path that led them to this fateful climb. Denali's Howl is a riveting and satisfying read that will hold you in its icy grip until the final page.— Matt
Denali'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 Alaska's Mount McKinley--known to the locals as Denali--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 Denali's Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: at an elevation of nearly twenty thousand feet, these young men endured an "arctic superblizzard," with howling winds of up to three hundred miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this was without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali's Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them--Hall'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?