Forever on the Mountain by James Tabor audiobook

Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters

By James Tabor
Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio 9780393061741
15.88 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781415941652

In the summer of 1967, an Arctic hurricane trapped seven veteran climbers, members of Joe Wilcox’s twelve-man expedition, at 20,000 feet on Alaska’s Mount McKinley. Ten days passed while the storm raged. Despite the availability of massive resources, no rescue was mounted, and all seven men died. The tragedy was one of the most controversial, bitterly contested, and mysterious tragedies in all of mountaineering history. No bodies were ever recovered. No cameras, diaries, or films shed light on the climbers’ final agonizing days. Yet agenda-driven critics and officials fearing lawsuits pronounced self-serving verdicts. Further obscuring the truth, two prominent expedition members offered conflicting versions of the catastrophe. Through interviews with those involved, unpublished correspondence and diaries, and sensitive government documents, James M. Tabor uncovers an array of new information: a feud between the expedition leader, Joe Wilcox; a stillborn rescue operation thwarted by the Park Service bureaucracy; and the heroic efforts made by other civilian climbers. To interpret the details, he consults experts in disciplines as diverse as forensics, meteorology, and psychology. In the end, Tabor has pieced together for the first time the complete, untold story of this expedition whose victims and survivors both remain, in many ways, forever on the mountain.

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Summary

In the summer of 1967, an Arctic hurricane trapped seven veteran climbers, members of Joe Wilcox’s twelve-man expedition, at 20,000 feet on Alaska’s Mount McKinley. Ten days passed while the storm raged. Despite the availability of massive resources, no rescue was mounted, and all seven men died. The tragedy was one of the most controversial, bitterly contested, and mysterious tragedies in all of mountaineering history.

No bodies were ever recovered. No cameras, diaries, or films shed light on the climbers’ final agonizing days. Yet agenda-driven critics and officials fearing lawsuits pronounced self-serving verdicts. Further obscuring the truth, two prominent expedition members offered conflicting versions of the catastrophe.

Through interviews with those involved, unpublished correspondence and diaries, and sensitive government documents, James M. Tabor uncovers an array of new information: a feud between the expedition leader, Joe Wilcox; a stillborn rescue operation thwarted by the Park Service bureaucracy; and the heroic efforts made by other civilian climbers. To interpret the details, he consults experts in disciplines as diverse as forensics, meteorology, and psychology.

In the end, Tabor has pieced together for the first time the complete, untold story of this expedition whose victims and survivors both remain, in many ways, forever on the mountain.

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Author Bio: James Tabor

Author Bio: James Tabor

James M. Tabor is the bestselling author of The Deep Zone, Blind Descent, and Forever on the Mountain and a winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. A former Washington, DC police officer and a lifelong adventure enthusiast, Tabor has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Outside magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He wrote and hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and was co-creator and executive producer of the History Channel’s Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Vermont, where he is at work on his next novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 15.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English