August 17, 7pm
Author Bree Loewen
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
With an engaging writing style and a distinct and clear voice, Loewen conveys the intensity of rescue and recovery situations as well as the beauty of wilderness landscapes. Each chapter is framed by a geographic location and a rescue in The Cascades and includes Bree’s introspection on her life, the choices she’s made, and the bonds she’s forged with an incredible search and rescue crew, as well as why she is uniquely suited to the high risk, human-centered work that she does. The book will appeal to anyone who ventures in the outdoors for hiking, camping, climbing, and skiing and makes a great summertime or vacation read.
Bree’s first book Pickets and Deadmen was about her account of being a climbing ranger at age 21 on Mount Rainier. Now 10 years later, Bree Loewen has become a wife, a mother, and a leader of Seattle Mountain Rescue (SMR), a volunteer-based search-and-rescue operation. She ponders the question of why she continues to head into the backcountry, confronting danger, risk, and, often, death. Bree feels like the job of search and rescue suits her uniquely. Competent yet nurturing, her peers feel like if they ever needed to be rescued they’d want her to do the job. It’s not an easy task especially when what she does is so physical and emotionally demanding and when many of the rescues turn in to retrievals –sometimes from within the close knit community of skiers and climbers she counts as friends. More importantly she feels that search and rescue “is a job for a human, not a hero, a human that has nothing else to do today but this.”
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