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Facing The Extreme : One Woman's Story Of True Courage And Death-Defying Survival In The Eye Of Mt. McKinley's Worst Storm Ever
Facing The Extreme One Woman's Story Of True Courage And Death-Defying Survival In The Eye Of Mt McKinley's Worst Storm Ever Author:Ruth Anne Kocour, Michael Hodgson She stepped into a death zone. The climbers on Alaska's Mt. McKinley called her "the woman." Ruth Anne Kocour, a world-class mountaineer, wasn't bothered. It was part of the challenge she faced as she joined an all-male team to conquer North America's highest peak...the mountain the Indians called Denali, or God. — Faced the extreme. But nine da... more »ys into this ascent, a forty-fifth birthday present to herself, the most violent weather on record slammed into the mountain. Ruth Anne and her group would be trapped on an ice shelf at 14,000 feet for the deadliest two weeks in Denali history. Pinned down by blinding snows, unable to help other teams dying around her, and her own feet freezing solid, Ruth Anne tells of a wind chill of minus 150 degrees, deadly hidden crevasses, and being trapped in a place so violent and unforgiving that it threatened to push her over the edge and into a place of no return. And yet, in prose as crystalline as the ice around her, she tells, too, of beauty, courage, and the spirit that drives true mountainers higher, as she risks all to go for the summit...and perhaps, for a transcendant moment, touch heaven.
June A. (pertdoe) reviewed Facing The Extreme : One Woman's Story Of True Courage And Death-Defying Survival In The Eye Of Mt. McKinley's Worst Storm Ever on + 186 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and told of her adventures climbing the different mountains. Expecially when she climbed Danali with her team of men. They had quite a time with the storms on this particular mountain. If you like this genre you will like this book.
Jim J. (1akmaninfl) reviewed Facing The Extreme : One Woman's Story Of True Courage And Death-Defying Survival In The Eye Of Mt. McKinley's Worst Storm Ever on + 9 more book reviews
Interesting, but the author should have researched geography and history of Denali climbs in greater detail. Having been on Mt. McKinley, I find it difficult to accept her attitude of help your self, and let others do the same. She, along with others, experienced conditions almost impossible to imagine. But there is a definite macho theme of "I saved the group". She was a strong member of the "group", but just that, a member. The two climbing guides saved the group, and rightly so.
Too much repetition and not well written. A far superior climbing adventure read is John Krakauer's Into Thin Air.