Journalist and climber Potterfield offer three stories of incredible survival in the mountain environment: (1) Colby Coombs’ disastrous episode on Alaska’s Mt. Foraker where he lost his partner in an avalanche and received grievous injuries himself; his 5-day descent of the mountain crippled with injuries and without food or water was a milestone in sheer will to survive and luck; (2) Story number two was that of Scott Fischer's and Ed Viesturs' successful 1992 ascent of K2’s Abruzzi Ridge after a 52-day ordeal battling brutal weather and injuries. On their descent, still battling treacherous weather and exhaustion, they stopped to rescue fellow climbers, managing to save the life of a New Zealand climber who was with Rob Hall; and (3) the author’s own epic on Chimney Rock in the North Cascades where he fell from a rock face breaking several bones and becoming stranded on a narrow ledge for 30 hours before a dramatic rescue was effected.
Product DetailPrice: $22. 95
Hardback: 270 pages with 10 B&W photos
Author: Peter Potterfield
Publisher: The Mountaineers
Year of Publication: 1996