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Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon (2001)

– tekijä: Michael P. Ghiglieri, Thomas M. Myers

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Gripping accounts of all know fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Seven Natural wonders.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 20) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Long. Exhaustively detailed. sometimes difficult to follow. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. I think it's a must read if you're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon. Particularly the first several chapters regarding falls, drowning, etc. The last part of the book gets into the area of sheer bad luck... not much you can do about random boulder from above or kidnapping. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
Contents

Why a book on Death
Cross Section
Map
1 Say, How many People Fall Here From the Rim
From Within the Canyon
2 The Desert Crucible: Environmental Deaths within the Inverted Mountain
3 Flash Flood!
4 Killer colorado
5 If Looks could kill: Deaths from the air
6 Lightning... Freak Errors and Accidents
7 Suicide
8 Murder
Eiplog
continuing research
Author Profiles, Order form
Reference
Index

This book is fascinating enough that it didn't take long to read it. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
The Grand Canyon is a magnificent natural landmark. Situated almost entirely in the great state of Arizona, the Canyon is massive in scope. The colors are gorgeous, and the sheer immensity and scale of the canyon take your breath away. Unfortunately, the Grand Canyon is also extremely dangerous. Since its ‘discovery’ over 150 years ago, the Grand Canyon has aided over 700 people in leaving this mortal coil.

I have visited the Grand Canyon, and I was taken aback by several things. First of all, the scope of the Canyon itself, I cannot emphasize enough how huge this thing is. Secondly, I was surprised that there was a settlement right by it, allowing one to have hotel accommodations. Thirdly, I was never that good at geography in other states, so it was a bit colder than I thought it would be. Fourth, the squirrels are the most dangerous creatures in the park. Finally, a lot of the Canyon is open to just casually walk off the edge. In one sense I can understand this; with both the south rim and the north rim together, the Canyon would require a massive amount of steel. Also, that would not stop everyone from dying at the Canyon. If you build it, they will climb, right?

Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon covers this subject, not as an attempt to embarrass or entertain, but rather to inform and educate. Although it will never be a foolproof method, it is more economical than fencing the entire Canyon. The book is written by two veterans of Grand Canyon exploration, Michael P Ghiglieri, and Thomas M Myers. The book is exhaustive and is as comprehensive as possible. With a lot of the old records and scattered accounts, a majority of the book was researched as a cold case. The book is separated into chapters, with each chapter talking about a different place or method of death. It goes as follows, Death from Falls on the Rim, Death from Falls within the Canyon, Death from Exposure to the Elements, Death from Flash floods, Death from the Colorado River, Death from Plane Crashes or other Air Travel, Death from Freak Accidents, Death from the Flora and Fauna of the Canyon, Suicides, and finally, Murders.

The book contains a checklist to avoid danger, another checklist on what to bring with you and a number of maps and charts. So as with most dangerous places, the idea is to be prepared and respect the environment. I enjoyed this book a lot, even if the subject matter is rather gruesome. If you plan on going to the Grand Canyon, this book is pretty good. I wouldn’t say it’s a must-read, but it was quite informative and interesting. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
2.5**

The subtitle is all the summary anyone needs: Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders. And the cover adds to this by showing skeletal remains and a mid-air collision. The authors recount all the fatalities occurring in the canyon area, from falls off the rim, to flash floods, to drownings, to murders, and yes aircraft mishaps.

The chapters are divided by cause: falls from the rim, falls within the canyon, environment (i.e. dehydration), etc. They have a pretty engaging style when they are recounting a specific scenario, giving the reader insight into the ways in which various visitors met their fate – mostly due to ignorance or callous disregard of warnings. But they tend to get preachy about the causes of most of these fatalities. (No. 1 risk factor is being a young male … especially one fueled by alcohol.)

I had the second edition, with is easily 100 pages longer than the original. Presumably this is because of additional information provided to them since the book was first published. While each chapter includes several detailed scenarios, a table at the end of each chapter outlines ALL the deaths attributed to that particular cause.

On the whole it was rather dry and somewhat boring.

In the interest of full disclosure, however … a couple of years before we met, my husband went on a Colorado River rafting trip in Grand Canyon. His raft broke apart when going over Crystal Rapids, dumping all passengers into the river. Here is a snippet of what he wrote about that experience:
Your mouth is dry, your knuckles are white, your muscles are knotted, and ... you’re going over the edge. Time is now measured in hundredths of a second; everything seems to move simultaneously in slow motion and at lightning speed.

We’re falling towards the sluice hole. Opposite the sluice hole is an eight-foot standing wave crashing uphill into the sluice hole.

The bow of the raft touches the surface of the sluice hole. The raft is being hit by tons of water from every direction. That’s normal. But something is wrong. Something is very wrong.

Only later am I to learn that the raft has broken up. Thirteen people are in the water. But again, I don’t know this. It all happened too fast for me to comprehend. All I know is that I can’t breathe, and that it’s getting darker and darker.

I’m in the sluice hole. I’m being tossed, tumbled, turned and twisted. I’m being pulled down. I’m being pummeled by a thousand soft blows. I know that something has gone terribly wrong. I’m being pulled down and down. It’s getting darker and darker. It’s quiet, there is no sound. A warm stream flows down my leg. I’ve got to fight out of this. I’ve got to get to the surface.

Up … I’m going up. But I hit the underside of the capsized raft, and then I’m slammed back down, and down, and down. I go back up once more and once again hit the bottom of the raft, and then it’s back down and down. I’ve been under water for a long, long time. My head is about to explode, my lungs are on fire. I’ve got to breathe. I think about dying. I begin to see white flashes, something like stars or lightning. I just can’t hold my breath any longer. It’s black, it’s so black.

I start up again. This time I see light. This time I break the surface. I take in a huge breath of air. I’m in a churning, roaring mass of water. A wall is closing down on me, and then I’m slammed back down and down.


After being thrown out of the eddy and catapulted downstream by the river’s strong flow (over yet another set of rapids – without a raft), he was eventually plucked from the water by another boat. Amazingly no one drowned; another rafting expedition gave them extra blankets and food, and luckily for my husband, HIS “ammo box” of personal gear was one of the bits of flotsam retrieved, so he had his spare pair of glasses. They had to spend the night, before they could be airlifted out the next morning. ( )
  BookConcierge | Sep 28, 2018 |
Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the Grand Canyon. A comprehensive guide on what not to do. ( )
  jrthebutler | Jul 20, 2018 |
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For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the general was lost.
For want of a general, the battle was lost.
For want of the battle, the war was lost.
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For the millions who come to Grand Canyon in the future, that they each may walk away enriched - and in one piece.

And also in recognition of each member of every search and rescue team from Arizona and Utah and Nevada and of every guide, companion, and Good Samaritan who has risked his or her own life to save those of us who otherwise never would have walked away at all.
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