Minus 148: First Winter Ascent of MT McKinley

Minus 148: First Winter Ascent of MT McKinley

Art Davidson / May 28, 2020

Minus First Winter Ascent of MT McKinley In 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 trag

  • Title: Minus 148: First Winter Ascent of MT McKinley
  • Author: Art Davidson
  • ISBN: 9781594857553
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofdaylight and fierce storms They were trapped at three different camps above 14,000 feet during a six day blizzard aIn 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 ofdaylight and fierce storms They were trapped at three different camps above 14,000 feet during a six day blizzard andfaced the ultimate low temperature of 148 F.Minus 148 is Art Davidson s stunning personal narrative, supplemented by diary excerpts from team members GeorgeWichman, John Edwards, Dave Johnston, and Greg Blomberg Davidson retells the team s fears and frictions andultimate triumph with an honesty that has made this gripping survival story a mountaineering classic for over 40years Minus 148 is featured among many best of reading lists, including National Geographic Adventure s The 100Greatest Adventure Books of all Time.

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    1. I am not a climber, nor a mountaineer, and I have absolutely no desire to take up either sport, yet I couldn't put this book down. Art Davidson does a phenomenal job of taking a reader to Denali in the middle of the winter while a group of young climbers attempt to summit. I thought Art did a fantastic job of bringing the reader to the mountain and giving us a glimpse into what it means to find yourself trapped 17,000 ft high, with no means of rescue. You can't help but fall in love with these y [...]


    2. Tales of extreme adventure never lose their appeal for me! I am especially drawn to stories of epic mountain ascents under horrible conditions, possibly because they are often steeped in descriptions of how each of the excursion team's personalities act, think, and react to each other and the situations in which they find themselves. This story is of the first winter ascent of Denali/Mt. McKinley in Alaska. As often is the case when climbing over glaciers, ice and snow to altitudes most of us wo [...]


    3. As a guide I have participated in 21 Denali Expeditions and for some reason had never read this book. I found it at a library sale for a buck and started it on vacation. It was fantastic. Climbing Denali via the West Buttress has become a much more routine activity than it was in 1969 and it is interesting to read about something as wild as a winter ascent taking place relatively early in the popularity of the climb. These guys were true hard men. Looking back from the vantage of the future I fo [...]


    4. A riveting mountaineering epic that doubles as one of the most incredible survival stories of all times, Minus 148 has remained a classic since its original publication, so the only question I have is: how come I didn't read this earlier? As a climber, I am familiar with the challenges when we set our sights on various summits, but even fifty years later the proposition of taking on Denali, one of the coldest mountains on the planet, in winter remains close to the realm of lunacy. The fact that [...]


    5. First published in 1969 and included on National Geographic’s top 100 Greatest Adventure Books of all time, Minus 148 Degrees, by Art Davidson retells the compelling high stakes story of a group of men who made the first winter ascent on Mt. McKinley. Art and his friend, Dave Johnston, both accomplished climbers are looking for adventure and come up with an idea to lead the first team to summit Mt. McKinley in the winter. Most climbing peers of the time think they are crazy, rightfully so, eve [...]


    6. I've done winter camping. I've gone climbing. I've gone hiking. But never have I even CONSIDERED wanting to climb a mountain in the wintertime, especially not one with McKinley's reputation! With all of that in mind, I was intensely intrigued by the cover. The title alone was enough to make me pull it off my brother's bookshelf. A winter ascent of McKinley? I've got to read this.Sure enough, I plowed through it in a day! In a blizzard, no less. But of course, I was snuggled up in a warm house, i [...]


    7. A re-publication; an expedition sets out to climb Mt Mckinley (Denali) in Alaska in the winter. Only three of them "summit", then are caught in a storm, the waiting party of four separates after they think the other three surely are dead. In the end all are rescued, although the party lost one man in a crevasse early in the climb. This version contains information on what each of the party is doing now, and other winter climbs that have been attempted on the mountain


    8. Wow! This is the best non-fiction adventure book I have yet to readI found myself anxious to get home from work in order to read more about this incredibly dangerous and heroic tale to climb Mt. McKinley in the dead of winter.


    9. I loved that this book had a "where are they now" section for the anniversary edition. Davidson was smart to include multiple points of view for the telling of this incredible escapade.



    10. Just WOW! I cannot imagine what would motivate an individual to do what these men did—attempted and in a few cases successfully climbed Mt. McKinley in the winter. The cold even when in the "warmth" of their igloo was below freezing. What a miserable experience!The worst of their climb, though, came at two points—a crevasse and the summit. They lost one man within a few days of beginning; yet, continued their journey. Then, unbelievably, three survived after being trapped in a cramped cave a [...]


    11. One of the most gripping and frightening accounts of survival in the face of appalling weather that I have ever read, and I was long a devotee of mountaineering literature. How often the image comes back to me of Art Davidson benighted on a gale-pummeled ridge of McKinley/Denali with only his sleeping bag for shelter--and then discovering that ALL of the insulating down had been driven to the downwind side by the howling winds. Few humans come through this kind of real-life nightmare alive, and [...]


    12. I couldn't put this book down, Art Davidson's storytelling and prose keeps the reader engaged and wanting to know 'what happens next'.





    13. This book was probably the first book I had to read in one straight push, cover to cover (I could not put it down). It was a Sunday, and I sympathized while I was eating dinner (KFC chicken) as the author and his buddies were starving, storm-bound at 17.2K ft on the side of Denali/Mt. McKinley. The book is about the first winter ascent of Denali.Why climb mountains? Art Davidson says: "To eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in peace."The title comes from the unrounded lowest figure typically [...]


    14. This was a stunning story of survival made compelling despite the writing talents of the author. Davidson does his best but there is no prerequisite for mountain climbers to be good writers. There was a persistent awkwardness in his attempts to recreate the dialogue that passed between the various climbers and I never felt that I had a complete understanding of his own motivation to be there. He was more successful in his attempts to portray the power and beauty of the mountains surrounding them [...]


    15. It's bad enough to want to get really cold in the summer, but to do it in the winter buggars rational thought. These idiots decided to climb Mt. McKinley in the dead of winter. Art Davidson was disappointed as a child when he learned that all the continents had been discovered. It's no wonder then that he just had to climb McKinley in winter. Many thought it was impossible. Temperatures hovered around -60 and winds often reached 160 mph. Indeed, in December there is only about 4 hours of sunligh [...]


    16. This is a fascinating book about a truly great adventure. Art Davidson was in the first winter ascent of Mt. McKinley. Of the nine who started, most did not make it to the top but even for those who didn’t, it was still the adventure of a lifetime. This is far better than an fictional thriller!I love the details of how the camp is set up each night and what they ate and what they did in their down time. Details from diaries kept by the various climbers are included and that gives a great insig [...]


    17. This is a book I won in the First Reads program. I enjoyed how this book described how people work together in extreme conditions. I especially like the vast sections of introspection from the author's eyes and the other people in the party. The introspective parts allowed me to feel like I was looking deep into their soul and finding out what kind of person they really were. Throughout the story there were several places that I am glad I have never gone through the same situation they have gone [...]


    18. In my opinion, one of the best mountaineering books ever written. The story of an ambitious winter expedition to climb Denali (McKinley), it really has all you could ever want out of this kind of novel - the majesty of Alaska, the toils of mountaineering, difficult decisions, ingenious solutions, bad luck, human perseverance, nature's wrath you name it. It takes you into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, and, just as interestingly in this case, into the mindset of an individual. I think for [...]


    19. "The scientists just shook their heads in disbelief at the human wrecks the mountain had sent back to them. They described us in clinical terms such as "obtundation" which denotes dullness or depression. They hooked our heads back up to the electroencephalograph and recorded mental patterns common for a person sleeping lightly. Physically we had set out lean and fit, with a very low percentage of body fat. After five weeks on the mountain Dave, Pirate and I had lost an average of 35 pounds each, [...]


    20. This was another outstanding memoir in the mountaineering genre, and it was great read in tandem with "Forever on the Mountain," which was also about a troubled climb of Mount Denali in 1967. While "Forever" was written 40 years after the fact and was based on much research with the survivors, this book was written not very long after the actual climb itself by one of the climbers. Art Davidson is a fine writer, and has wonderful insights about climbers, climbing, the "relationship" between man [...]


    21. Well written and candid story of audacious attempt to climb the South Peak of Mt. McKinley in the winter of 1967. Fatal crevasse fall, confinement to an ice cave at 19,000 feet for the duration of a ferocious wind storm, frostbitten appendages, dehydration, altitude sickness, starvation, and miscellaneous other injuries ensue. Afterward, describing what each climber did in succeeding years was also interesting. Some made this experience the foundation of a mountaineering career, while others sim [...]


    22. An adventure is never bigger than exploring the unexplored.This is about something that was never tried before. Not just that, everyone doubted that this could be accomplished.I visited Talkeetna, Alaska and there, I talked to someone who mentioned this book and that made me add this to my read list. A wonderfully adventurous story, you can only imagine feeling the state the climbers were in and Art Davisdon makes a good effort to write from a personal yet neutral (all the fellow climbers') pers [...]


    23. Account of first winter ascent of Mt. McKinley. Took place in 1967. Author, Art Davidson, was one of the climbers and he did summit (only 3 in group of 8 summitted). One of the members of the team died the second day of the expedition when he fell into a crevasse. Very honest account, including team discord and difficult decisions that were made. The three that summitted nearly died on descent when they were forced to sit out a windstorm for 4 days with dwindling food, gas and insulation.


    24. Mountaineers Books Staff: This is a classic of outdoor adventure writing and is on several lists of the best adventure books of all time. The "148" refers to the lowest temperature that can be recorded, since the climbers trapped on Denali in this nonfiction story only know that it was that cold at a minimum. On this first-ever winter ascent of Mt. McKinley (Denali), Davidson lived to tell about it. Not everyone on the expedition did. Warning: Once started, you won't be able to put it down.


    25. The story of a winter ascent of Mount McKinley. As much about the people that even think of doing such ridiculous things and the beauty of mountain climbing. If it was just the latter, you wonder why they have to go in the winter, with little daylight and non-human supporting temperatures. In this age, where there is little left to pioneer or discover, there is little left for the adventurer than this. Good story.


    26. Really enjoyed this book! Read a couple that weren't so great or exciting before this and this was a relief to finally read something that so captured my attention. I thought it was well written and portrayed their experience quite well. I have the wonderful blessing at looking at this breathtaking mountain everyday that it's visible and I loved reading about something that happened in it's peaks. I almost want to climb Denali now (although, NOT in the winter)! Maybe someday : )


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