On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak, by Jon Bell (Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books, 2011), 211 pp. Paperback edition published on April 23, 2013.
On Mount Hood is a contemporary, first-person narrative biography of Oregon’s greatest mountain, featuring stories full of adventure and tragedy, history and geology, people and places, trivia and lore. The mountain itself helps create the notorious Oregon rains and deep alpine snows, and paved the way for snowboarding in the mid 1980s. Its forests provide some of the purest drinking water in the world, and its snowy peak captures the attention of the nation almost every time it wreaks fatal havoc on climbers seeking the summit. On Mount Hood builds a compelling story of a legendary mountain and its impact on the people who live in its shadow, and includes interviews with a forest activist, a volcanologist, and a para-rescue jumper.
Jon Bell will be giving a book talk at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland on April 24 at 7:30pm. On his blog, he mentions that there will be a few special guests at the event.