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Critical Hours
Search and Rescue in the White Mountains
Sandy Stott

2018 • 304 pp. 24 illus. 6 x 9"

$22.95 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0040-7
$17.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0176-3

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“Stott focuses on the heroism of SAR workers and what these incidents can teach us about staying safe in the mountains.”—Outside

A perilous history of search and rescue in a changing landscape

A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp—and suddenly a leisurely hike turns into a treacherous endeavor. In the past decade, inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have led to alarming levels of overconfidence on the trail. Adding to this worrisome trend, the increasing popularity of ventures into mountainous terrain has led hikers seeking solitude—or an adrenaline rush—into increasingly remote or risky forays. Sandy Stott, the “Accidents” editor at the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club, delivers both a history and a celebration of the search and rescue workers who save countless lives in the White Mountains—along with a plea for us not to take their steadfastness and bravery for granted. Filled with tales of astonishing courage and sobering tragedy, Critical Hours will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and armchair adventurers alike.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“You need this book whether you’re a White Mountains veteran or someone slinging on a pack for the first time. Stott’s wise and urbane writing on the search and rescue culture has us compulsively reading these narratives of (mostly) loss, and of those who rescue us from our own misjudgments. Here’s the last word in staying safe and self-aware in the mountains. Add this book to your ten essentials as required reading!”—Laura Waterman, author of Forest and Crag: A History of Hiking, Trail Blazing, and Adventure in the Northeast Mountains


Outside magazine's 'Best New Books for Spring 2018' list Commendation

SANDY STOTT is a former editor of Appalachian Mountain Club’s journal Appalachia, a longtime English teacher, and a lifelong wanderer in the White Mountains.

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