Sunday, June 16, 2019

Strangers in the Storm: Love and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jared Rund & Diane McKenney

They are hiking Mt. Rainier.  Just the notion sends chills down my spine.  Washington weather changes constantly and the mountain is tall enough it makes some of its own weather.  They pick what they think is a good day and a group of them head out.  They go at night so the glaciers will be frozen and easier to walk on.  As they go, several members of the party turn back. 

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One climber's new wife doesn't want to go on, so they return to camp.  One man is sick, so he heads back to camp.  Another is to worn to continue, so he he goes back.  Before long, it's just Jared and Diane but they intend to climb to the summit.  Then it begins to snow...

They make the summit but they lose the trail.  This is a story of survival against all the odds.  Especially since they can see no markers for the trail.  It's a whiteout and they're traveling without a guide.  They left their cellphones in camp so they had a light load.  They only have one sleeping bag and no real food, just a few snacks.  He can't remember her name.  Trying to get down is a real chore.  They think they see people but when they get there, they are big rocks.  It's hard to remain positive when you experience so much failure.

They have to go across numerous crevices.  It's a good thing they have the right equipment and Jared was an experienced mountain climber.

This book will hold your attention until the end.  It was a good read that's filled with danger.  If you're not familiar with Mt. Rainier, here is the Wikipedia info on it with several pictures:  click HERE.

It does have a happy ending.

1 comment:

Carole said...

I just don't understand the allure of climbing... Cheers

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