Things did not end well.
I have zero interest in climbing the high mountains, nor do I want to visit the “Death Zone,” before I’m at least 80 and preferably while I’m poolside in Boca, but for some reason I love reading about these places. Andy Hall’s “Denali’s Howl” documents a deadly event that went down on the slopes of America’s wildest peak. What I gained from this book is a better understanding of weather patterns in the region, as well as a myriad of things in regard to climbing this peak. I didn’t know the particulars about why this peak is so deadly and why the weather and storms are the way they are.
I tip my hat to the people who played this game. The guys who perished were normal men doing something they loved to do. They knew the risks, but it makes the reality of that first radio call saying “We found a body,” no easier to read about. If you like adventure stories with a painful ending then this book is for you. And frankly there is good that comes from this tale. Better preparation for subsequent expeditions, better rescue planning and the story of the man (the author’s father) who said “No,” to the park service when they wanted to end climbing on Denali.