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Synopsis: Catalogs the deaths of human visitors to the mountains of New Hampshire's Presidential Range, citing the freezing temperatures, dangerous heights, and fatal mistakes that people make when attempting to trek through the terrain.
Review: Like a piece of granite chipped off a Presidential peak, veteran journalist Nicholas Howe's assessment of misadventure in New Hampshire's rugged mountains has a crisp, puritanical feel that fairly rasps New England. Take his description of the near-vertical (and now well-skied) slope that nearly killed Max Engelhart in 1926: "Tuckerman Ravine is a sort of twin to Huntington Ravine, a left-hand punch into the side of Mount Washington by the same primordial giant that made Huntington with his right." Underlying Not Without Peril is the not-so-subtle message that the Presidential Range, topping out at just over 6,000 feet, is as uncompromising as any other mountain range. After all, these mountains--named for Washington, Lincoln, Madison--are home to some of the most vicious weather recorded on the planet. Howe makes no judgment about those whose misfortunes he chronicles; there are tender moments that manage to stay faithful to a crusty Yankee sensibility, as in the tale of Lizzie Bourne, who died in a snowstorm while huddled in a makeshift lean-to. Howe quotes her uncle George: "She was dead--had uttered no complaint, expressed no regret or fear, but passed silently away." Such sober tales, scrupulously researched, tell the history of a mountain range and its climbers, some of whom are immortalized for their ill-fated treks. It's a gritty read, a touch morbid, but more than compensated for by sharp writing and compelling drama. --Tipton Blish
Title: Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure...
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club
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Book Description Appalachian Mountain Club Books (Boston) 2000 2nd printing., 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 309 pages. 6 1/4” x 9 1/4” hardcover. ISBN: 1878239937 Illustrated with 16 pages of b&w plates and some maps. CONDITION: Bottom corner of front cover lightly bumped, o/w a Very Good or better copy in a Very Good or better DJ. #007077 Price: $15.00 (Please e-mail to confirm availability and correct postage before ordering.). Seller Inventory # 007077
Book Description Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Later Edition. 309pp Illus "150 years of misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire.". Seller Inventory # 24969