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Snowstruck: In The Grip of Avalanches

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2005 non-fiction book by Jill Fredson

Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches—some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box—with deadly results. Avalanche expert Jill Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when they will strike, deliberately … see full wiki

Author: Jill Fredston
Genre: Instructional, Natural Disasters, Outdoors & Nature
Publisher: Harcourt
Date Published: November 1, 2005
1 review about Snowstruck: In The Grip of Avalanches

Human nature may be the biggest obstacle in preventing avalanche deaths.

  • Feb 1, 2010
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Human beings are a pretty stubborn lot.  People insist on building expensive new abodes along the San Andreas fault.  Others ignore the dangers posed by hurricanes and build homes and hotels right on the water all along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.  It is not a question of "if" devastation will strike these areas but rather a question of "when".   Likewise, over the past quarter century as people play and build in ever more remote areas of this country the threat of death or serious injury at the hands of an avalanche have increased dramatically.  This is particularly true in the State of Alaska.  For more than two decades author Jill Fredston and her husband Doug Fesler have been fighting the good fight in our nation’s largest state trying to educate everyone about the dangers posed by avalanches.   The results have been mixed.  In "Snowstruck:  In The Grip of Avalanches" Jill Fredston speaks of the exhiliration of working in the wilds of Alaska and of the heartbreak when individuals gamble and lose their lives to an avalanche.  What is so frustrating to people like Jill and Doug is that most of the folks who are killed in avalanches are experienced individuals who really should know better.  In "Snowstruck" Jill Fredston explains how she goes about the task of predicting where an avalanche might occur and what is involved in deliberately triggering them with explosives.  In addition, you will accompany Jill and Doug on a number of heart wrenching rescue missions.  You will quickly come to understand how frequently these rescue missions become recovery missions.  It is very sad particularly in cases where Doug and Jill know the victim.

I found "Snowstruck:  In The Grip of Avalanches" to be particularly interesting because being from Rhode Island it is a topic I knew virtually nothing about.  Impressive photographs at the beginning of each chapter further illustrate the magnitude and destructive power of avalanches.  If you enjoy the great outdoors this is a book you are certainly going to want to read.  Recommended.
Human nature may be the biggest obstacle in preventing avalanche deaths. Human nature may be the biggest obstacle in preventing avalanche deaths. Human nature may be the biggest obstacle in preventing avalanche deaths. Human nature may be the biggest obstacle in preventing avalanche deaths.

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