Official Review: Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney

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Latest Review: Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney by Marvin D. Cope

Official Review: Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney

Post by Camille Turner » 07 Jul 2018, 11:49

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney" by Marvin D. Cope.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney by Marvin Cope is a non-fiction autobiographical account of when the author went missing on Mount Whitney in 2017. Despite eight previous successful hikes up the mountain, the 2017 excursion went awry when Cope was separated from the rest of his hiking party. This book serves both as an account of what happened leading up to, during, and following Cope’s frightening experience and a guide to how to prepare for hiking Mount Whitney and how to survive if you wind up in a dangerous situation. The book includes details about the members of Cope’s hiking group—he was the leader—and how they got ready for this strenuous but exciting undertaking. Readers have a first-person account of what happened during and after the hike, and how the search-and-rescue process works. The book also includes what gear one should have if hiking Mount Whitney, what conditions to prepare for, what to do if you get into trouble, and how to geographically orient oneself while hiking this trail.

I think this is an interesting read for everyone, whether hiking Mount Whitney or not, but is especially beneficial for those who hike regularly. Although the information is specific to hiking Mount Whitney and will best serve those wishing to undertake this endeavor, the story can be applied to any outdoor activity or hike where it’s necessary to take extra precautions, plan well, and remain calm in unforeseen events. One thing I really liked about the book is that you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to understand the terms used. Cope always takes the time to define equipment and other hiking jargon that may be new to someone like me who regularly hikes but has never gone on a really serious high-altitude hike. For example, he defines terms like “graveyard hiking” and explains how to use things like crampons and microspikes.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because I think it is a well-constructed, professionally edited, relevant guide to hiking Mount Whitney and surviving in extreme circumstances. I briefly considered giving it 3 stars since I found some parts to be a bit repetitive, but decided 4 stars was appropriate given it’s written in the style of a guide and can therefore be read in any order, which is likely the reason for the slightly repetitive nature.

I enjoyed that there are several different accounts from other hikers in the 2017 group, so you get to hear the story from various perspectives. I also liked that Cope includes a lot of helpful images and maps throughout the book. This helped me to see exactly what he was talking about at any given point and to better understand what he was going through during his night spent alone on the mountain. The book is highly-detailed which can either appeal to or disinterest readers depending on one’s preference. I personally found the details to be helpful since the book serves as a guide, and the main theme is that one little choice or changed external condition can make all the difference when hiking this iconic mountain.

Despite knowing that the author survived to write this account of his story, I still felt a lot of suspense while reading. There are such tense moments like when someone in the group is sliding down a snow hill or when the author has left his space blanket behind and doesn’t know if he’ll spend another night stranded in freezing temperatures. Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney definitely succeeds in doing what it intended, as I came away considering how I under-prepare in certain hiking situations and reflecting on Cope’s advice that patience is key to avoiding fatal mistakes when hiking.

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Post by Ayansisolomon » 10 Jul 2018, 04:15

Official Review: Hiking Tall: Survival on Mount Whitney is a wonderful story by the author which tells on what she went through on the Mountain of Whitney. It was scary and fictioned... Great write up..

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 10 Jul 2018, 04:31

This can be a complementary read to me to what I'm reading right now 'The Altitude Journal' by David Mauro. If I want to take hiking and climbing the mountain seriously, I find this is an essential read for a total rookie like me before I embark my journey.
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Post by Rose Anne03 » 10 Jul 2018, 06:26

This story seems helpful. Especially to all newbies like me. Im going to put it in my list. Thank you for the great review

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Post by Chesang » 10 Jul 2018, 08:28

The book is a awesome read according to me. The writer has clearly brought out the clear picture of the adventure. I like the book.

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Post by Humble8 » 10 Jul 2018, 09:19

To me this is a most read,I take it as a complementary to what am reading successful jurony. Thanks I will read this one too.

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Post by Joshua0503 » 10 Jul 2018, 13:42

This book is very helpful for hikers it will help them alot whenever they get in trouble in extreme snow or dangerous terrains. Good write

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Post by Paulus ogola » 10 Jul 2018, 14:28

The book is well clearly written and interesting

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Jul 2018, 15:30

This isn't my usual go to genre, but I'm very interested in what happened to the author. How he survived. How he was rescued. All of that. Thanks for the great review. I'll definitely keep this one in mind next time I'm looking for another book to read.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Jul 2018, 18:35

I like that the book offers the perspective of different survivors. The suspense factor really appeals to me, too. Great review!

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Post by Camille Turner » 12 Jul 2018, 08:14

ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
10 Jul 2018, 04:31
This can be a complementary read to me to what I'm reading right now 'The Altitude Journal' by David Mauro. If I want to take hiking and climbing the mountain seriously, I find this is an essential read for a total rookie like me before I embark my journey.
Wow, that book by Mauro looks really interesting (I just looked it up!). I would love to read that one as well. "Hiking Tall" is definitely a great read for you since you're considering some excursions. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by Camille Turner » 12 Jul 2018, 08:16

Rose Anne03 wrote:
10 Jul 2018, 06:26
This story seems helpful. Especially to all newbies like me. Im going to put it in my list. Thank you for the great review
It is quite helpful! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for commenting! :)

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Post by Camille Turner » 12 Jul 2018, 08:18

kandscreeley wrote:
10 Jul 2018, 15:30
This isn't my usual go to genre, but I'm very interested in what happened to the author. How he survived. How he was rescued. All of that. Thanks for the great review. I'll definitely keep this one in mind next time I'm looking for another book to read.
It's a very fascinating story! Thanks for reading my review and commenting! :)

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Post by Camille Turner » 12 Jul 2018, 08:19

Cecilia_L wrote:
10 Jul 2018, 18:35
I like that the book offers the perspective of different survivors. The suspense factor really appeals to me, too. Great review!
Yes, the suspense was one of my favorite factors as well. Thank you, and thanks for leaving a comment! :)

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