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A Perilous Playground: Misadventures in Snowdonia and the Development of the Mountain Rescue Services 1805-1990s Paperback – 19 Jun 1999


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Books (19 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872424651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872424651
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two centuries of misadventures in Snowdonia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 1999
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This exciting chronicle of mishaps in the mountains of Snowdonia, a follow-up to the fascinating Countdown to Rescue, provides a salutary lesson to all who would venture onto the slopes of that wonderful area of Wales. Starting with the first recorded fatal accident in the early 19th century, Bob Maslen-Jones takes the reader through a series of graphically described incidents to the early beginnings of the Mountain Rescue Service, and on through its development into a highly skilled force of expert mountaineers who are prepared to venture out into some of the worst conditions that nature can throw at us to seek out folk in trouble.
One sobering revelation that emerges from this book is the fact that it's not just thoughtless, ill-equipped trippers who get into difficulties on the mountains - although there is a fair share of them represented here; but occasionally even experienced walkers and climbers come unstuck - in some cases quite literally.
Bob Maslen-Jones has undertaken meticulous research in preparing this book, and has brought to life through his pages some of the major characters who feature in many of the stories related here, especially the prime movers without whom the Mountain Rescue Service, and its offshoot, the Search And Rescue Dog Association (SARDA), might never have come into being.
The book is endorsed with a foreword by George Band, President of the British Mountaineering Council. It should be on the reading list of everyone who walks or climbs in the mountains.
Graham Brown
March 1999
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A very interesting and useful read, and if you know the area then you will really appreciate it. If you are willing then you will learn some really good lessons from the mistakes described here -lessons that may very well save your life! I got out my OS map and checked out the terrain for each of the accounts given for the accidents and near-misses.
It describes the courage and dedication of the people who risk their lives to help fellow mountain enthusiasts and gets the message across that although the mountains are by their very nature dangerous, there is so much we can do to minimise the risks involved in our adventures and it is our responsibility to do so.
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By David Alec Pybus on 21 Nov. 2013
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I find this book difficult to put down. I know this area fairly well having walked there for the best part of 40 years and so I can see where they are talking about. But I don't find the folly of some peoples actions unimaginable as I have often seen this sort of thing myself when out on the Snowdonia Mountains.Excellent book, well written and highly descriptive.
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