Snowstruck

Snowstruck

In the Grip of Avalanches

Book - 2005
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Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches-some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box-often with deadly results. Avalanche expert Jill Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when they will strike, deliberately triggering them with explosives, teaching potential victims how to stay alive, and leading rescue efforts when tragedy strikes.

Having spent decades trying to keep avalanches and people apart, Fredston brings them together unforgettably in Snowstruck. From a rare store of personal experience, she conveys a panorama of perspectives: a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly that he can't move a finger, rescuers racing both time and weather, forecasters treading the line between reasonable risk and danger. Seamlessly interweaving these accounts, Fredston brings to life the awesome forces of nature that can turn the mountains deadly-and the equally inexorable forces of human nature that lure us time and again into treacherous terrain.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2005.
ISBN: 9780151012497
0151012490
Branch Call Number: 796. 930289 FRE
Characteristics: 342 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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Oct 07, 2016

Excellent writing. Touches on many different aspects of living with snow. Reads like a novel, which I like. Powerful true life characters.

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