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Minus 148

First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley

In 1967, eight men attempted the first winter ascent of Mount McKinley, now known as Denali. They faced winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and temperatures more than fifty below zero. The windchill temperature reached –148°. Three team members reached the summit only to be trapped at more than 18,000 feet by a six-day storm. In an ice cave less than a thousand feet below, their teammates waited helplessly until all hope ran out, and the three above were left for dead.



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Art Davidson

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In 1967, eight men attempted the first winter ascent of Mount McKinley, now known as Denali. They faced winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and temperatures more than fifty below zero. The windchill temperature reached –148°. Three team members reached the summit only to be trapped at more than 18,000 feet by a six-day storm. In an ice cave less than a thousand feet below, their teammates waited helplessly until all hope ran out, and the three above were left for dead.

Art Davidson's narrative, supplemented by diary excerpts from team members, recounts the tragedy and ultimate triumph of the ascent with an honesty that has made this gripping survival story a mountaineering classic.

Minus 148° tops many "best of" reading lists for mountaineering and adventure—including National Geographic's "The 100 Best Adventure Books of All Time."

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Author Art Davidson
About the Author Art Davidson is the author of several books on indigenous peoples and the environment. He lives in the mountains near Anchorage with his wife and three children.
Endorsements "Minus 128° is one of the few true classics in the literature of mountaineering." —David Roberts
Publisher Mountaineers Books
Edition Revised edition, 2013
Format Paperback
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches, 240 pages
ISBN-13 9780898866872

Endorsements

"Minus 128° is one of the few true classics in the literature of mountaineering." —David Roberts

About the Author

Art Davidson is the author of several books on indigenous peoples and the environment. He lives in the mountains near Anchorage with his wife and three children.

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