Sunday, December 22, 2013

Minus 148: First Winter Ascent of MT McKinley by Art Davidson

In 1967, eight men attempted North America's highest summit: Mount McKinley (now known as Denali) had been climbed before but never in winter.

Plagued by doubts and cold, group tension and a crevasse tragedy, the expedition tackled McKinley in minimal hours of

daylight and fierce storms. They were trapped at three different camps above 14,000 feet during a six-day blizzard and

faced the ultimate low temperature of 148 F.

Minus 148 is Art Davidson's stunning personal narrative, supplemented by diary excerpts from team members George

Wichman, John Edwards, Dave Johnston, and Greg Blomberg. Davidson retells the team's fears and frictions and

ultimate triumph with an honesty that has made this gripping survival story a mountaineering classic for over 40

years. Minus 148 is featured among many "best of" reading lists, including National Geographic Adventure's "The 100

Greatest Adventure Books of all Time."

About  the author:

Art Davidson's climbing successes in Alaska from 1966 1967 culminated in his epic first winter ascent of Mount
McKinley. His book Minus 148° has been a mountaineering classic since its first publication in 1969. He lives in
Anchorage, Alaska.

I found an article posted on November 20, 2013 by Bredan Leonard with questions to Art and his answers on adventure journal The Deeper You Get, The Deeper You Get

My Review:  October 2013   ~ Review Copies ~

Minus 148: First Winter Ascent of MT McKinleyMinus 148: First Winter Ascent of MT McKinley by Art Davidson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads first reads. I liked this book, I thought it was well written and depicted their experiences quite well.

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