Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome
This is a gripping account of lightning’s awesome forces wreaking deadly havoc on a group of hikers who made a fateful decision based on lack of appreciation for the mountain thunderstorm. As the author warns “Every thunderstorm demands respect.”
Late in the day of July 27, 1985, five hikers decided to climb Yosemite’s Half Dome even as bad weather threatened. By end of that night, two of the hikers would be dead from a lightning strike and three seriously wounded. The author has meticulously pieced together the sequence of events as two major lightning strikes hit the victims. He provides a tight, detailed account of the efforts of first responders, rescue personnel and finally, in the early hours of the following day, a harrowing helicopter rescue. This is an account of recklessness, tragedy and courage, set against the backdrop of one of nature’s most deadly phenomenon.
: 264 pages with black and white photos
: Bob Madgic
: Burford Books
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