FACING THE EXTREME : One Woman's Story of True Courage, Death-Defying Survival and Her Quest for the Summit.

Kocour, Ruth Anne (as told to Michael Hodgson).

ISBN 10: 0312179421 / ISBN 13: 9780312179427
Published by New York: St Martin's, (1998.) dj, 1998
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The personal account of the only female member of a 9 person expedition on Mt. McKinley in Alaska in May 1992. The story of how they survived when the most violent weather system on record (one which killed 11 climbers), slammed into the mountain, pinning them on an ice shelf at 14,000 feet for almost 2 weeks. Illustrated with 8 pages of black and white photographs on gloss paper. 256 pp. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page " For. thanks for all the help getting me up the mountain.' Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 32667

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Title: FACING THE EXTREME : One Woman's Story of ...

Publisher: New York: St Martin's, (1998.) dj

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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She stepped into a death zone. The climbers on Alaska's Mt. McKinley called her "the woman." Ruth Anne Kocour, a world-class mountaineer, wasn't bothered. It was part of the challenge she faced as she joined an all-male team to conquer North America's highest peak...the mountain the Indians called Denali, or God.

Faced the extreme. But nine days into this ascent, a forty-fifth birthday present to herself, the most violent weather on record slammed into the mountain. Ruth Anne and her group would be trapped on an ice shelf at 14,000 feet for the deadliest two weeks in Denali history. Pinned down by blinding snows, unable to help other teams dying around her, and her own feet freezing solid, Ruth Anne tells of a wind chill of minus 150 degrees, deadly hidden crevasses, and being trapped in a place so violent and unforgiving that it threatened to push her over the edge and into a place of no return. And yet, in prose as crystalline as the ice around her, she tells, too, of beauty, courage, and the spirit that drives true mountainers higher, as she risks all to go for the summit...and perhaps, for a transcendant moment, touch heaven.

And lived to tell about it.

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Ruth Anne Kocour found herself in the middle of a brutal storm with 100-mph wind blasts and plummeting mercury. Problem was, she happened to be bivouacked halfway up North America's highest mountain, Alaska's 20,320-foot Mt. Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley). Facing the Extreme is her story of survival against the elements, a struggle that required every last bit of physical and mental endurance--not to mention alpine skills, resourcefulness, and luck. By the end of the storm, 11 climbers were dead. Kocour's gripping tale is one of the few of its kind written by a woman, a refreshing change of voice that reflects a changing demographic in the outdoors community.

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