This book affords a well written natural history of avalanches taking as a point of departure the deaths of five young climbers in 1969 while attempting a winter climb of the north face of Mount Cleveland in Glacier National Park. A colossal avalanche had swept them down the mountain. The author details the massive search effort undertaken to locate the bodies. Not until the spring thaw when searchers recovered a camera with its film intact were there enough clues to eventually locate the climbers’ bodies suspended upside down in a cave of snow and ice.
The author skillfully interweaves information on the anatomy of avalanches, narratives of significant (in terms of human loss) avalanches in world history with particular emphasis on major avalanches that have occurred in this country, with the story of the inspiring 1969 search effort to locate the bodies of the Montana climbers.
Hardback: 228 pages with black and white photos
Author: McKay Jenkins
Publisher: Random House, New York
Year of Publication: 2000