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Buried - Updated Edition

Buried - Updated Edition

by Ken Wylie
Buried - Updated Edition

Buried - Updated Edition

by Ken Wylie

Paperback(2nd Revised ed.)

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An unparalleled memoir that grapples with the complex relationships that exist within the mountaineering community and how personal choices can have deep and tragic consequences.

On January 20, 2003, at 10:45 a.m., a massive avalanche released from Tumbledown Mountain in the Selkirk Range of British Columbia. Tonnes of snow carried 13 members of two guided backcountry skiing groups down the 37-degree incline of a run called La Traviata and buried them. After a frantic hour of digging by remaining group members, an unthinkable outcome became reality. Seven people were dead.

The tragedy made international news, splashing photos of the seven dead Canadian and US skiers on television screens and the pages of newspapers. The official analysis did not specifically note guide error as a contributing factor in the accident. This interpretation has been insufficient for some of the victims’ families, the public and some members of the guiding community.

Buried is the assistant guide’s story. It renders an answerable truth about what happened by delving deep into the human factors that played into putting people in harm’s way. The story begins buried metres deep in snow, and through care-filled reflection emerges slowly like spring after a long winter, nurturing a hopeful, courageous dialogue for all who make journeys through the mountains of their life. The story illustrates the peace that comes from accountability and the growth that results from understanding.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771603850
Publisher: Heritage Group Distribution
Publication date: 09/04/2020
Edition description: 2nd Revised ed.
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 898,523
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ken Wylie is an internationally certified mountain guide and a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and the American Mountain Guides Association. He has led expeditions around the world, including Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Denali, and Joshua Tree. He has 30 years of experience as a mountain guide and experiential educator for organizations including Yamnuska Mountain School, Outward Bound Canada, and Outward Bound USA. Ken has also taught courses at the University of Calgary and as a faculty member at Mount Royal University and Thompson Rivers University. Courses include leadership; rock, ice, and alpine climbing; and ski touring and expedition planning. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Ken founded Mountains for Growth in 2013 to help individuals and groups gain personal insight and wisdom through outdoor adventures. Most recently, Ken has worked with men who are transitioning out of being homeless, offering journeys of connection and healing to those who have suffered deeply, which is profiled in the CBC documentary "The Weight We Carry". He is currently writing and developing programs for men that include practices that bring participants back to the 2500 year old adventurous mystical roots of western society. Ken lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Author's Note xiii

Chapter 1 The Durrand Glacier 1

Chapter 2 Buried 39

Chapter 3 The Abyss 81

Chapter 4 Battle with Deception 97

Chapter 5 Lesson One: Acceptance 107

Chapter 6 Lesson Two: Courage 123

Chapter 7 Lesson Three: Connection 149

Chapter 8 Lesson Four: Self-discovery 173

Chapter 9 Lesson Five: Peace 193

Chapter 10 Lesson Six: Acting on Intuition 205

Chapter 11 Lesson Seven: Truth 229

Chapter 11 Lesson Eight: Grace 243

Epilogue 249

Glossary 251

References 255

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