Snowstruck, In The Grip of Avalanches
From the book cover: "Jill Fredston stalks avalanches. She predicts where and when they will strike, deliberately triggers them with explosvies, teaches potential victims how to stay alive, and leads rescue efforts when tragedy ensues. Reaching deep into this trove of personal experience, Fredston captures the overwhelming force of avalanches from a panarama of perspectives: a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly he can't move a finger, rescuers racing time and weather, forecasters treading the line between reasonable risk and danger."
This book begins with Jill's move to Alaska and entering the world of avalanche study and details her learning how crucial avalanche prediction, control and rescue is to Alaska's traffic, industry and tourism. Eventually she and her husband teach avalanche safety courses, write books and become responsible for regional avalanche safety forecasts and control. This book also discusses the conflict between humans and nature and cost in lives and $$$ from many viewpoints.
342 pages with black and white photographs
silversummit - Apr 13, 2009 9:55 pm - Voted 5/5An engrossing read!
This book is definitely on my "read again" list!