A fascinating book by Zion veterans Bo Beck and Dave Nally. This kind of book can be sorta dry (just the facts, Ma'am!), but Dave has adapted a campfire-story-telling style which is entertaining, while still being very sobering
Updated and expanded in 2017, this is the second edition to Flash Floods & Falls: Deaths & Rescues in Zion National Park.
This book includes new heartbreaking stories, such as the seven canyoneers in 2015 who all died in a flash flood in Keyhole Canyon, two separate BASE jumping deaths, rock climbing, and flash flood deaths in the Narrows.
Zion National Park is home to majestic and wondrous canyons, cliffs, crags, mesas, rivers, and slot canyons. World travelers remain in awe as they drive, walk, hike, and climb into such a unique place that is filled with vibrant, sacred, and mystical energy. Gradually becoming transfixed, many push themselves further into the wilds, oblivious to weather and dangers, deeper into the backcountry, suddenly finding themselves in extreme predicaments. These are the moments when accidents often occur. . .and these once beautiful, holy places become menacing and dangerous - sometimes leading to agonizing and horrific accidents - and even death! Since the early 1900s there have been 87 accidental deaths that have taken place inside Zion's park boundaries. Hundreds of rescues of outdoor enthusiasts have ensued as well. This book covers all of those deaths, and many of the gripping rescues that have occurred during the past century.
Bo Beck, a senior Zion Search and Rescue member for nearly 20 years, also shares his personal accounts. You will marvel at the riveting stories, and take away a better understanding of how to be smarter and better prepared for your next great adventure!