Thursday, January 17, 2013
Storms of Denali, with longtime Seattle journalist and author Nicholas O'Connell. In his vivid, bracing first novel O'Connell uses his experience as a mountaineer to tell the tale of survival and ambition as four men attempt to climb Denali.
Soaring 20,320 feet into the thin Arctic air, Denali is the highest and coldest summit in North America and one of the most coveted mountaineering prizes on the planet. During the ascent the men battle avalanches, fierce winds, and mind-numbing cold before the group splinters, leading inexorably to tragedy. Throughout the book, the author's first-hand experience brings to life the formidable challenges and otherworldly beauty of the
mountain as well as the bonds formed and broken in the pursuit of its summit.
Nicholas O'Connell is the author of several books, including Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers and On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature. He contributes to Newsweek Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, the
Wall Street Journal, Sierra, and many other publications