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Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park (Anglais) Broché – 1 juin 1995

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Death in Yellowstone Intriguing stories of how people have died in Yellowstone warn about the many dangers that exist there and in wild areas in general. Full description

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Par Apreyat le 29 octobre 2010
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
J'ai commandé ce livre après un voyage à Yellowstone, un des plus bizarres et fascinants endroits de la planète, il faut bien le reconnaître.

L'ouvrage couvre une large période de temps (1838 à 1994) et une encore plus large variété de façons de mourir. De l'accident d'avion à la pure stupidité, tout est documenté de manière rigoureuse (l'auteur est tout de même en charge des archives du parc).

Vous n'y trouverez pas les détails de chaque histoire (cela deviendrait vite rébarbatif) mais une sélection exhaustive des plus marquantes. Cependant un renvoi vers d'autres sources d'informations est toujours présent, au cas où vous voudriez en savoir plus.

C'est une excellente mise en garde contre toutes les imprudences qu'il ne faut pas faire dans ce type de lieux. Souvent le touriste, emporté par l'excitation du moment, ne se rend pas compte du danger mais il est bien réel et les panneaux ne sont pas là que dire "on vous avait prévenus".

Je conseille fortement cette lecture si vous prévoyez de vous y rendre, ou alors comme une présentation de la bêtise humaine dans toute sa splendeur (non, les ours ne sont pas de gentilles peluches de 2m).

Merci de m'avoir lue.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Should be required reading 13 septembre 2012
Par Duncan Idaho - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book should be required reading for anybody going to Yellowstone National Park. Especially if you are a parent with children. We visit Yellowstone somewhat regularly and you would not believe some of the idiocy displayed by park visitors. This book puts enough of a scare into you that you will definately think twice before doing some of those things that little voice in your head says not to do. Be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. It tells it like it is and often times I found myself almost in tears. While some of the stories are amusing, many are flat out sad. But the stories drive home the point that you have to obey the rules, which are put in place for specific reasons. Each time we go to Yellowstone we have a safety talk with our children on what you will not be doing. After my wife read this book to us on our way up to Yellowstone in 2009 the safety talk took on new meaning. And as one reviewer has already said, we began to watch people and would comment to ourselves, "And then they stepped over the barrier." I do highly recommend this book. Just understand that it does not pull any punches.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Disturbing, but Absolutely Fascinating 3 juillet 2010
Par ghost of a red rose - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This nonfiction work is chilling but utterly fascinating, and serves as an emphatic caution for anyone who (like me) is planning a visit to the park. It is an account of all of the known deaths in the history of the park except for car accident fatalities and deaths due to illness.

The author lived and worked as a bus guide and then ranger in Yellowstone for over twenty years. He was involved in some of the incidents and knew several of the people mentioned in the book. He did a massive amount of research while writing it, and it shows. Each incident is thoroughly and impeccably documented, and Whittlesey often also provides detailed information from personal interviews with witnesses and family members.

The book is organized by means of death, with each chapter focusing on one particular type.

Being the unique place that it is, Yellowstone provides some unique ways to die. The book grabs the reader's attention instantly by starting right off with the strangest and most gruesome of all: by falling into one of the boiling hot pools of water for which the park is famous. I've always wondered if that has ever happened, and the answer is "yes." At least 20 known times, and probably 21, according to the author. (Since the book was published in 1995 there has been yet another such death.) Names, ages, and details are provided for each; and two victim's stories are told in great (and extremely intense) detail. It is impossible to convey the horror and morbid fascination of these accounts, yet they are a way of honoring the dead: by recognizing them as real people and realizing the extent of their suffering. And I guarantee that the stories will make anyone who reads them really, REALLY careful when they visit the park.

What's particularly surprising is that some people have actually survived falling into the hot springs. These were always people who were submerged only partially, though, such as up to their knees.

Being eaten by a grizzly bear runs a close second in the most gruesome ways to die in Yellowstone. Fortunately, this has happened less often (5 times as of 1995.) Each of these deaths is related in detail.

One of the most common means of death is by falling from a great height. Although that can happen many other places as well, these stories are also horrifying. Also common are fatalities due to hypothermia and drowning.

One of the saddest accounts tells of a little girl who was killed by boys throwing rocks in play from the cliffs above. The worst part is that when the boys - and their parents - were confronted by the girl's parents, they showed no remorse and did not even apologize, although they were told that the rocks had inflicted a severe head injury on the child.

Another unusual death was caused by toxic gas fumes that were emitted naturally from underground.

The only car accident included (because it was so unusual) was when a man (with his wife as passenger) accidentally backed a car off a very high cliff. Both were killed instantly.

Other means of death were: murder, suicide, lightning, earthquake, bison, eating poisonous plants, avalanches, cave-ins, falling trees, forest fires, battles (between Indians and whites in the1800's), horses, accidental shootings, diving, structural fires, stove explosions, stagecoach accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, airplane crashes, etc. The book also contains a chapter on people who are missing (usually for unknown causes) and presumed dead.

There are some great black and white photographs and drawings, often historical. (Don't worry, there are no graphic photos of corpses.) Besides an extensive bibliography and footnotes section, appendices also include maps of the three Yellowstone cemeteries and known gravesites that are located outside of the cemeteries.

This is a very disturbing but excellent book for adults. I definitely wouldn't recommend it for kids or for anyone with a weak stomach.

(246 pages)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read if You Are Going to Yellowstone or Just Would Like To 1 décembre 2012
Par Sara Jennings - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I first bought this book before I got married and we were deciding where to Honeymoon. We were deciding between Hawaii, Yellowstone, and overseas - we ended up going to Hawaii. A few years later I finally got the opportunity to go to Yellowstone and then I returned the following year again and I hope to go back in a few years. I've only been to Hawaii once (ha, I'd rather go to Yellowstone). That said, it is extremely important to stay on marked trails and this book DRIVES this point home. The buffalo are not domesticated dogs, don't try to approach them. The book is full of mishaps, unfortunate events, falls, suicides, animal attacks, murders, and just plain stupidity. The first story (or one of the first) is about a guy jumping in a hot spring after a dog. Other people think they can win the "father of the year" award by trying to place their kids on top of a buffalo for a picture. Other people have been badly burned falling through the sinter by walking off trail. Recently (within a few years ago), a woman was actual badly burned ON TRAIL when she broke through to hot mud at Artists Paintpots. The landscape constantly changes and you will see steam at the side of the roads, and there are parking lots with sections blocked off because steam vents appeared under the asphault and broke through. The boardwalks are there for your safety. Stay on them. Read this book because nothing drives home the point like "Stay Away From The Animals" and "Stay On the Boardwalks" like reading about the deaths resulting from not heeding that advice.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An "edge of seat" look at Yellowstone! 23 mars 2017
Par Pat in NH - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Great read if you're hooked on Yellowstone! I read everything I can find written about this gorgeous piece of land, so it was interesting to read of the many fatal mistakes travelers have brought upon themselves in the name of adventure!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Wild and Unpredictable Wilderness 31 juillet 2010
Par Happy Camper 2 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
My husband and I purchased this book before our 3 week camping trip to the Zion, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in early June as I was fascinated by the reviews and subject matter described in this book. Generally I do not sleep well in tents, so I was able to read this book while trying to sleep when the temperatures reached the lower 30's in Yellowstone. Did not help me relax (!), but provided an added sense of adventure and danger....of course our experiences and wonder of the parks were excitement enough!
The stories and history of the park were interesting as we explored the park each day and remembered the events described in the book that occured at some of the sites. We did observe quite a few episodes such as "foolhardy" folks who walked off of the walkways (someone with kids and a small dog walking in the Midway Geyser Basin area!), or someone who turned their back to an elk! We were shocked that people could be so foolish...
Since our return home, there has been a freak thunderstorm in the Tetons causing lightning strikes to several climbers (with one death) ,a tranquilized bear attacked a hiker near Yellowstone, flash floods in Zion causing 3 hikers to be carried down 40yds, then 60yds down a river,a woman gored and tossed by a Bison when she got too close in YNP, and most recently a fatal bear attack (rare for a bear to attack multiple tents with food stored as directed) at the Soda Butte campground near the NE entrance to Yellowstone! (We had travelled to all of these areas in our trip)
The danger of the beautiful wilderness is unpredictable and man's interaction with it can be disastrous. There were even reports of Grizzly bears in our campground. Many of us have positive experiences, but a certain respect for nature and common sense can help.
This book was fun to read and share (i finished it when i got home to the comfort of my own bed!).
I also ordered Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park from Amazon and this book was helpful in navigating our way through this beautiful park and its varied treasures...from geysers,fumaroles, paint pots,expansive green valleys, canyons, waterfalls, bison "jams", and yes, a Mama Grizzly and her cubs-were greatly apprciated and respected by these two "happy campers"! Sharing some of the stories from this book with fellow campers was kinda fun, too! Especially at night around the campfire...
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