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Meticulously researched, and written with an insider's eye for factual detail, High Misadventure is a gritty and harrowing book that reveals how vulnerable we can be in this most extreme of natural environments.
Climbing is one of New Zealand's most rewarding and yet most testing outdoor activities: since 1980 alone, there have been more than 200 fatalities on our mountains, and too many serious injuries to count. In High Misadventure climber and journalist Paul Hersey gives accounts of 10 incidents, among them the loss of five climbers on Mount Rolleston in 1966; the death of four members of the Wanganui Tramping Club when strong winds blew the Three Johns Hut off Barron Saddle in 1977; the death of six military cadets in winter weather on Ruapehu in 1990; and the avalanche that killed three guides and a client on Mount Tasman in 2003. Collectively, the accounts illustrate the key factors that can turn a climb into a disaster.
230mm x 150mm
New Zealand mountaineering book
RRP NZD $29.99 (Including GST)
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