The White Death

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The White Death

Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

By McKay Jenkins

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385720779, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2001


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.

About the Author
McKay Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst College, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton. He is the author of The Last Ridge, The White Death, and Bloody Falls of the Coppermine. A professor of English, journalism, and environmental humanities at the University of Delaware, McKay lives in Baltimore.

Praise For The White Death

“[E]loquently written…. Snow has rarely been so menacing as in this book.”–The Washington Post Book World