At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks

Praise for At the Mercy of the Mountains

"For every hiker, climber or canoeist who gets into trouble, there are thousands more who don't. Peter Bronski's compelling account of misadventures in the Adirondacks is a necessary corrective for those who go into the mountains unwary of the dangers."

Jim Wickwire
First American to summit K2
Author of Addicted to Danger: A Memoir About Affirming Life in the Face of Death

"Bronski is a skilled writer... If you like the Adirondacks or adventure writing, you will find At the Mercy of the Mountains compelling and highly readable."

The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY
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"Author Peter Bronski knows the perils of New York's Adirondacks all too well. In his former career as a Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue team member, this veteran climber often personally experienced the extreme conditions of this wilderness region. In At the Mercy of the Mountains, he draws on that hard-won expertise and the harrowing survival stories of others to chart the often-tragic history of these wondrous, unforgiving mountains."

Barnes & Noble

"Peter Bronski’s newest book, At the Mercy of the Mountains, is a top-notch addition to the genre of books dedicated to alpine adventure… Bronski has by far compiled the best contemporary collection of information on misadventure and survival in the Adirondack range. He writes from an insider’s perspective and his local knowledge is clear, concise, and fascinating… I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of mountaineering literature, but more specifically, I recommend this book to anyone who spends time in the Adirondacks… At the Mercy of the Mountains was one of those books that I was sad to see end.

Killswitch Magazine
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"Instant Classic! An Outstanding Read! Fabulous! Could not put it down."

Amazon.com customer reviews
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Honorable Mention, Top 10 Book of 2008 (about NY's Capital Region or by author from that region) - "Publishers, booksellers and authors will tell you that fewer people are buying books and reading today...but good books are still being written. The books selected...were chosen because of their link to the Capital Region and the quality of their writing."

The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY

"...Peter Bronski's painstakingly researched book...describes harrowing travails involving lightning strikes, plane crashes, lake squalls, treachereous rapids, and other perilous phenomena. Though the narrative sometimes drifts, excitement and danger are never more than a few page flips away. A former member of a mountain search-and-rescue squad, Bronski knows well all the bad things that can happen on peaks, as well as in valleys and on water. So the various misadventures are not just gripping stories but also cautionary tales, and Bronski's epilogue is a guide of sorts to surviving such disasters."

Appalachia, Books of Note, Winter/Spring 2009 issue

"This book is a quick but engrossing read... Bronski's low-key writing style with actual quotes and touches of humor make the chapters a good read for almost anyone, even those who have never been to the Adirondacks. Bronski's background as a SAR team member adds much to every aspect of this book."

summitpostGEAR.org
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"Before you decide to head up the river rather than face another cocktail party, take a look at Peter Bronski's At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks. The book begins with tales of 19th-century mountain guide John Cheney, who once hiked 14 miles after shooting himself in the leg, and continues through a 2003 rescue of canoeist Carl Skalak at Alder Bed Flow. Some version of Murphy's Law has always been the maxim of a prudent outdoorsperson, but these accounts are good reminders for anyone who has grown careless."

Adirondack Life magazine, Nov/Dec 2008






 

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