Death in the White Mountains is the first book to focus on fatalities in the entire White Mountain region. “A great deal has been written about deaths on Mount Washington, yet in recent years, more people have died elsewhere. I wanted people to realize that dangers exist in many areas of the White Mountains.” Boardman wrote Death in the White Mountains in the belief that by studying past fatalities and identifying the mistakes that caused them, we can learn how to be safe while hiking. She compiled a list of 219 hikers, climbers and backcountry skiers who have died in the mountains, categorized the fatalities according to cause of death, and determined what fatal errors were made by the victims. These errors are illustrated through stories of some of the victims. Each chapter includes short summaries of all the deaths in each category along with advice on mountain safety.
Julie Boardman is the author of When Women and Mountains Meet, a book about the women who shaped the interesting history of the White Mountains. Her work has appeared in Appalachia (the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club), Sierra (the magazine of the Sierra Club), Connecticut Audubon and many other publications. Since moving to New London, New Hampshire in 1990, she has hiked extensively throughout New England and climbed all the peaks in the region that are over 4,000 feet high.
Written for beginners and others who want to know what makes the difference between safety and disaster in the mountains, Don’t Die on the Mountain covers good judgement, decision-making, and leadership in the outdoors -- backpacking, hiking, mountain climbing.
Dan Allen was born in 1932, did a stint in the Army after college. He has lead winter hiking trips for the NH Chapter of the AMC, the SRK Greenway, and his own Boot and Paddle Gang. 'Retired from the NH DES in January of 1990. He began hiking sections to the AT in February, finishing on 3/10/2001, apparently the first person to complete this stunt.