Forever on the mountain: the truth behind one of mountaineering’s most controversial and mysterious disasters

In July 1967, seven young men–members of Joe Wilcox’s twelve-man expedition–died on Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak, stranded at 20,000 feet during a vicious Arctic storm. Ten days passed with no rescue attempt; the bodies were never recovered. And, for reasons that have remained cloudy, there was no proper official investigation. This book begins as a classic tale of men against nature, gambling–and losing–on one of the world’s starkest and stormiest peaks. In lives lost, it was then history’s third-worst mountaineering disaster–but elements of finger-pointing, incompetence, and coverup make this disaster unlike any other. Author Tabor draws on previously untapped sources, and consults not only mountaineers but also experts in disciplines including meteorology, forensics, and psychology. What results is the first full account of the tragedy that ended a golden age in mountaineering.–From publisher description.
Ten days passed with no rescue attempt, while more than half an expedition was stranded and dying at 20,000 feet during a vicious Arctic storm. The bodies were never recovered. And, for reasons that have remained cloudy, there was no proper official investigation of the catastrophe.

This book begins as a classic tale of men against nature, gambling—and losing—on one of the world’s starkest and stormiest peaks. Reckoning by lives lost, it was history’s third-worst mountaineering disaster when it occurred—but elements of finger pointing, incompetence, and cover-up make this disaster unlike any other. James M. Tabor draws on previously untapped sources: personal interviews with survivors and those involved in the aftermath, unpublished diaries and letters, and government documents. He consults not only mountaineers but also experts in disciplines including meteorology, forensics, and psychology. What results is the first full account of the tragedy that ended a golden age in mountaineering.

Title: Forever on the Mountain The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering’s Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters
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ISBN: 0393061744,9780393061741
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Genre: Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering
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Pages: 400
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