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Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon: Gripping Accounts of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders By Michael P. Ghiglieri Thomas M. Myers,

  • Title: Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon: Gripping Accounts of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders
  • Author: Michael P. Ghiglieri Thomas M. Myers
  • ISBN: 9780984785803
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World s Seven Natural Wonders Two veterans of decades of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the first complete and comprehensive history of Canyon misadventures These episodes span the entire era of visitation from the time of the first river exploration by John Wesley Powell and his crew of 1869 tGripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World s Seven Natural Wonders Two veterans of decades of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the first complete and comprehensive history of Canyon misadventures These episodes span the entire era of visitation from the time of the first river exploration by John Wesley Powell and his crew of 1869 to that of tourists falling off its rims in Y2K These accounts of the 550 people who have met untimely deaths in the Canyon set a new high water mark for offering the most astounding array of adventures, misadventures, and life saving lessons published between any two covers Over the Edge promises to be the most intense yet informative book on Grand Canyon ever written.
    Over the Edge Death in Grand Canyon Gripping Accounts of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World s Seven Natural Wonders Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World s Seven Natural Wonders Two veterans of decades of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the first complete and comprehensi

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    1. This is one of those books you see in the gift shop at Grand Canyon NP, and you think yeah, that might be interesting It is absolutely riveting Basically, it is a chronicle of every known fatality that has happened in the park While that sounds kind of morbid, due the authors in depth research and great story telling ability, each incident takes on a life of it s own It is a must read for anyone who would venture below the rim on foot or in a boat down the Colorado The lessons learned here could [...]

    2. This can kind of be viewed as a companion volume to Death in Yellowstone Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park, despite being by different authors They re both the same basic concept this is how everybody who died in the national park died Which is ever bit as morbidly fascinating as you might imagine What struck me in relationship to the Yellowstone book is that, although the causes of death are quite different, the thought processes that lead to them are remarkably similar the [...]

    3. I borrowed this book from the library prior to a trip to the Grand Canyon a few years ago I found it interesting and a good warning to be careful when I was there and was preaching to my husband and my children the whole time Crazily enough, we ended up witnessing a man falling to his death that same trip N Rim Bright Angel Point , and the warnings of the book were really driven home They were selling it at the gift shop when we were comfort shopping after the incident shock does weird things , [...]

    4. As an outdoor adventure enthusiast, I thought it might behoove me to read this book The take away lesson is that the overwhelming preponderance of deaths and other mishaps are the result of poor judgement or a lack of knowledge Some of these matters are no brainers, such as guard rails with warning signs Others are easily learned, such as the amount of water you need to hike when the temperature is over 100 degrees, or the fact that hiking back out of the canyon at the end of the trip is much ha [...]

    5. I picked this book up in the gift shop at the Grand Canyon, and call me morbid, but I really enjoyed it I m just glad I read it AFTER I had left Divided into sections on how people have ultimately met their demise at the Grand Canyon, this book is packed with interesting, historical and often grisly stories The section on people accidentally falling over the edge was probably the worst for me, as often times their family members were standing right there I also have a slight fear of heights prob [...]

    6. Not sure why I didn t review this before I read it years ago The story I remember the most is the idiot that was a practical joker who pretended to fall off of the wall of the rum as his daughter was walking by She thought he was joking, and he was, but he didn t understand physics and terminal velocity This will have to be a re read sometime in the future It was a good one.

    7. Being a somewhat paranoid person when it comes to edges and my children, I am glad I read this book AFTER our vacation to the Grand Canyon Which I just have to say was amazing it is one of the most beautiful places on earth Just stay on the trail and watch your step and drink lots of water This book is completely fascinating and full of crazy, sad, shocking, scary, and amazing stories about death in the Grand Canyon Truth is definitely stranger than fiction I learned so much, for example, I had [...]

    8. This was an excellent read, if not a little morbid Definitely recommended before and during a trip to the Grand Canyon as it gives a good insight into how tourists foolishly take for granted that nature can kill you Plenty of stories and statistics that help you plan your journey better, especially in regards to the amount of water you need to take should you decide to do any hiking below the rim Further, it demonstrates how easily one s common sense can disappear when facing one of the wonders [...]

    9. A fascinating book about all of the known deaths in the Grand Canyon Overall a good read though I struggle between giving it three stars or four stars The good chapters are really good, even great Sometimes however, the authors drag certain stories out or include long stories that don t result in death and they don t add to the book but may even detract from it The longest chapter covering drownings in the Colorado river was for me the least interesting The authors repeatedly gave the cubic feet [...]

    10. I bought this in the gift shop at the Grand Canyon I found it such a great book The stories were very riveting and some of them quite sad Perhaps the saddest ones were the deaths that could have easily been avoided I think the huge tourist presence at the Grand Canyon gives people a sense of security that can give them false confidence and make them disregard the real dangers of traveling and hiking in and around the area The book gave me a new respect for nature and reminded me that there s a r [...]

    11. Well written and researched and for some who fell in love with the Canyon and its grandeur at first sight, it was a great read It is not great because of the gory details and there are plenty because of what it teaches you about survival generally and in the Canyon Plus, the final chapter is a captivating one discussing the various murder mysteries that have bloomed from the Canyon and which may never been definitely settled.I learned much from my solo, overnight hike into Grand Canyon this past [...]

    12. Oh.My.Word I m always looking for books when we travel, picking up local histories and maps and such This turned out to be one of the best travel books we ve ever gotten Grim, yes, but amazing nonetheless.After witnessing some incredibly stupid behavior while we were in Grand Canyon, behavior that thankfully did NOT result in a fatal fall, it was sobering to read about those who did fall and die or drown and die, or hike and die, or crash and die There aren t alot of funny stories in this book, [...]

    13. This was a fascinating read It never delved into becoming morbid or graphic The book is an accounting of how deadly the Grand Canyon has been over the years Each death reads like an historical account, and goes into the reasons of the tragedy Anybody who has seen the Grand Canyon knows the awestruck viewpoint of looking out across the rim This is a fascinating look at the Canyon itself and what makes it so deadly The facts of the incidents are clearly stated as well as what factors played into i [...]

    14. Forewarned, it is then up to the personal responsibility of each of us to avoid killing ourselves and thereby also avoid tacitly accusing the wilderness of being our murderer Forewarned enough, perhaps we and our vanishing wilderness will both survive Five stars Yes Full disclosure I m a member of my local search rescue organization This may have influenced my rating just a tad Uniformed people in the desert mountains make up the majority of our calls, and I wish we could make them all read this [...]

    15. I would never have read this book had I not recently visited the Grand Canyon Everyone knows the appearance of the Grand Canyon from photographs but to actually see it in person is an extraordinary experience I wandered along the south rim for several days gazing into its depths at the incredible rock formations, and feeling my duration on earth insignificant in the scale of the many millions of yeas that the Canyon took to form.With such thoughts in mind when I came across this book, I was unab [...]

    16. Quotable P osing for or taking photographs account for 6 and 4 victims 20 percent of the 50 total victims of accidental lethal falls from the rim.Another fatal factor is nightfall Six other victims five of them males fell at night while camping or walking alone A possible culprit in many of these fatalities may be the male urge to urinate off high places combined with dizziness and possibly alcohol consumption Other male victims likely have fallen to their deaths from heights within the Canyon o [...]

    17. This book is interesting than it sounds It lives up to its promise of detailing the details of every known death in the Grand Canyon since we have been keeping records, and relating when the parks department thought those records were not relevant and either did not collect them or threw them away.The strange thing about this book is the way the author s tried all through the book to draw statistical conclusions when the sample size was, even as a reader I could see, way to small to support som [...]

    18. Almost forgot to add this one to my list.I was fortunate enough to visit Grand Canyon National Park in October of 2011 with friends We hiked rim to rim over five days with a grand total of fifty plus miles hiked in temperatures ranging from over 100 on the second day of our hike to a low of 40 on the final morning when we reached the south rim Snow was falling as we dropped our packs and headed for the nearest restaurant for the first good meal in five days.To impart a little wisdom to some who [...]

    19. An interesting book, and just as described an accounting of every death in the Grand Canyon National Park between 1889 and the publication of this book in 2001 The authors are Ghiglieri, and experienced whitewater rafter and a former park river ranger and Myers, an accomplished hiker and physician who treated many injuries received in the park.Each chapter is dedicated to a particular kind of fatality, and the book begins with the most interesting stuff First there are the falls like people just [...]

    20. While the topic of this book might seem morbid, it really is a fascinating and instructive set of essays on human behavior Well researched and engaging, this revised and updated edition recounts stories of what most often amount to tragic tales of sheer human stupidity.What really resonates most strongly is the authors desire to communicate that the Grand Canyon is not some man made, man controlled theme park, but instead a heartbreakingly beautiful and very dangerous natural phenomenon, to be t [...]

    21. I bought this book back in 2011 when my family and I went on an Auto Club Rails to the Rim Grand Canyon vacation It took me awhile to finish this book but it was so worth it Death, death and death Well, actually there were many stories where no one died I was fascinated with these deathly tidbits especially the ones dealing with falling from the rim into the canyon I also really enjoyed the last chapter on murder at the canyon I paused several times to look up most of them on the internet so I [...]

    22. This book is surprisingly interesting because it is not just a catalog list of every person who has fallen over the edge, but because every death is recounted like a miniature story The book is a gripping account of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World s Seven Natural Wonders.It is also somewhat humorous because you get an insight as to the lack of intelligence of some people Seriously, some tourists simply don t have any common sense If anyone related to someone who has died [...]

    23. Yikes Emily and Rory brought this back from Grand Canyon NP as a souvenir for David Now that I ve read it I might be too scared to go This was mostly a fascinating read It s an account of recorded deaths that have occurred at GCNP with the hope that people will learn from other s mistakes I only gave it three stars because sometimes it gets a little too detailed for the purpose of the book Maybe if I d been there in the exact places the authors are talking about I would care about the extreme d [...]

    24. Whew book in 2015 Pretty fascinating, titillating read of survival, death, and everything in between From the mid 1800s to just a few years ago, every imaginable type of disaster has occurred The most intriguing story was of Glen and Bessie Hyde, honeymooners in the 30s who tried to set a rafting record on the Colorado River disappeared mysteriously, but really mourns abound about their fate Great read for this AZ vacation, and a reminder that life is wonderfully dangerous and surprisingly wild [...]

    25. A fascinating book cataloging and detailing deaths which have occurred in one of the seven wonders of the world the Grand Canyon It does an excellent job of investigating the whats and whys of what occurred to people who have gotten themselves killed while visiting the canyon An excellent read for anyone who has ever been to the canyon and wondered, how many people have fallen here Not morbid but it actually gives insight into why people are injured or killed while visiting one of the last virtu [...]

    26. After visiting the canyon and seeing some stupid tourist take some very stupid risks I wondered how many people have died for the sake of a good picture This book was a very compelling It chronicled every recorded death in the canyons from falls over the rim to murders Some of the chapters got a bit tedious but overall I really enjoyed reading this book I especially loved the amazing stories of survival they included.

    27. In preparation for visiting the Grand Canyon next month, I decided to read this book I m glad I did And not just because I will be sure to stay away from the cliff edge now The authors have a great respect for the Grand Canyon and want readers to also The awe and majesty of the canyon are revealed As is the stupidity of some humans I found it fascinating.

    28. Thorough and fascinating book on those have perished in Grand Canyon The book gives you an incredible sense of place and a healthy respect for the vastness of the beautiful natural wonder It s a must read for anyone considering a trip there or anywhere in the many canyons of the American southwest It just might save your life

    29. I have been to the Grand Canyon twice and I am glad I read this book AFTER I got back I did not realize how dangerous it is there I can t believe anyone would hike there in summer during the monsoon season as its just too dangerous I read about some very expert hikers who died Those who want to hike during the monsoon should read about The Big Thompson.

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