Hunted by David Fletcher
A True Story of Survival

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David Fletcher knew better, but he had acted in a moment of panic and with his ice hammer had killed the young cub. A veteran mountaineer at the outset of a solo climb up Alaska’s Mount Hess, Fletcher realized that he took every next step in mortal danger, for the fiercely protective mothers of bear cubs never stray far from their young. And just the day before, he’d been warned never to underestimate the grizzly, because “they are mean, they are natural killers, and above all, they can think.” In this incredible true-life adventure Fletcher recounts with breathtaking immediacy not only his exhausting and exhilarating conquest of Mount Hess but also his battle with the giant grizzly bear—ten feet tall and weighing three tons, with paws wider than a strong man’s chest—that stalked, hunted, frequently outwitted, and, finally, on his descent, furiously attacked him. The hazards of the rugged Alaskan terrain, serial avalanches, and blinding polar snow storms pale in comparison to Fletcher’s elemental struggle with this vengeful grizzly. She cuts him off from his food supply. She repeatedly corners him. On one occasion, the long talons of her mammoth paws rake his climbing boots as he hangs from a rope only inches out of her reach. And continually she taunts him with a strange intimacy in a deadly game that they play out in ice tunnels, on glacial lakes, and in precipitous crevasses. Hunted is a book that takes you there—into the awesomely beautiful and perilous heart of the Alaskan interior—as David Fletcher unfolds the gripping, suspenseful tale that, remarkably, he has lived to tell.
 

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Fletcher was introduced to mountaineering as a Royal Marine.
 
Published April 25, 2002 by Constable. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Trapped in a crevasse, the bear's claws raking his jacket, Fletcher sets the bear alight, leading to a final showdown.

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Fletcher, an experienced climber and adventurer, recounts 10 days of terror in the Alaskan wilderness with this rather unspectacular telling of an otherwise spectacular tale. Fletcher offers a step

Apr 22 2002 | Read Full Review of Hunted: A True Story of Survival

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Fletcher, an experienced climber and adventurer, recounts 10 days of terror in the Alaskan wilderness with this rather unspectacular telling of an otherwise spectacular tale. Fletcher offers a step

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