Pickets and Dead Men: Seasons on Rainier

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A funny and sometimes cringe-inducing story of a young woman's experience as a climbing ranger where respect is hard won and on-the-job performance can be the difference between life and death.

Being a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier proved to be a life-altering experience for Bree Loewen. As one of only a handful of women on staff, Bree fought to prove herself among men in the field, while confronting the often unrealistic expectations of ...
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Pickets and Dead men: Seasons on Mount Rainier

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Overview

A funny and sometimes cringe-inducing story of a young woman's experience as a climbing ranger where respect is hard won and on-the-job performance can be the difference between life and death.

Being a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier proved to be a life-altering experience for Bree Loewen. As one of only a handful of women on staff, Bree fought to prove herself among men in the field, while confronting the often unrealistic expectations of the public on a mountain that shows little mercy. With honesty, self-deprecation, and wry humor, she reflects on her experiences on Rainier: assisting injured climbers, rescuing lost children, battling inscrutable bureaucracy, lugging heavy equipment, and trying to make sense of it all. Whether it's her account of a solo climb in dicey conditions or trying to protect her good jacket while cleaning the outhouses at Camp Muir, Loewen's writing is engagingly human and humane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594851018
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

BREE LOEWEN has been a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, an EMT in Seattle, and has written for Climbing magazine. She currently teaches rigging and navigation classes for search and rescue groups and lives in Carnation, Washington, with her husband and daughter.
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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Gripping, funny, and exciting, I loved this book!

    I loved this book! As a climber, I appreciate Loewen's acknowledgment of the physical and mental challenges she struggled through. Her descriptions brought her stories to life and gave me an idea of the harsh world she faced while working on Rainier. The dry, self deprecating and humorous style made this an exceptional climbing book and I think it would enthrall non-climbers as well. Raw, and tough.....and a macaroni and cheese eating delight. I loved the level of detail and personal introspection, great book!

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