The White Death by Mckay Jenkins
Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

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In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy struck: they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be discovered until the following June. The White Death is the riveting account of that fated climb and of the breathtakingly heroic rescue attempt that ensued.
In the spirit of Peter Matthiessen and John McPhee, McKay Jenkins interweaves a harrowing narrative with an astonishing expanse of relevant knowledge ranging from the history of mountain climbing to the science of snow. Evocative and moving, this fascinating book is a humbling account of man at his most intrepid and nature at its most indomitable.


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McKay Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst College, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a Ph.D. in English. He is the author of The Last Ridge, The White Death, and Bloody Falls of the Coppermine. The Cornelius A. Tilghman Professor of English and director of journalism at the University of Delaware, Jenkins lives with his family in Baltimore.
 
Published August 13, 2002 by Anchor. 256 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Jenkins (Journalism/Univ. of Delaware; ed., The Peter Matthiessen Reader, p. 1865) offers an intriguing look at the deaths of five young climbers on Wyoming's Mt.

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