Denali's Howl is the white-knuckle account of
one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all
In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska's Mount
McKinleyknown to the locals as Denalione of the most popular and
deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five
Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time,
investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors,
lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In
Denali's Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an
expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the
first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men
endured an arctic super blizzard," with howling winds of up to 300
miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes.
All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use
As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm,
Denali's Howl is the story of those caught outside it
trying to save themHall's father among them. The book gives
readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and
raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy.
Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed
when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?