The Next 15 Minutes: Strength From the Top of the Mountain

The Next 15 Minutes: Strength From the Top of the Mountain

by Kim Kircher

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ISBN-13: 9781933016115
Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Kim Kircher has logged over six hundred hours of explosives control, earning not only her avalanche blaster's card, but also a heli-blaster endorsement, allowing her to fly over the slopes in a helicopter and drop bombs from the open cockpit, while uttering the fabulously thrilling words "bombs away" into the mic.

An Emergency Medical Technician, she has received both a National Ski Patrol Purple Merit Star for saving a life as well as a Green Merit Star for saving a life in arduous conditions. Before working in the ski industry, she received her BA and teaching certificate from the University of Washington, and taught high school English for five years. Her articles have appeared in River Explorer, Couloir Magazine and Off-Piste Magazine.

She is a current member of the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association and co-authors a blog about her job at Crystal Mountain Ski Area. Kim starred in a reality show about ski patrollers on the cable channel TRU-TV. Her husband's family owns and operates ten ski areas in the United States and Canada, including Crystal Mountain, where she was worked for twenty years.

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Next 15 Minutes: Strength From the Top of the Mountain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
l_manning on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kim Kircher's life has always been a bit of a balancing act. As a member of the ski patrol, she always has to balance her own safety with her ability to keep other people alive and well. On top of this, Kim has diabetes, so keeping her activity and blood sugars balanced is sometimes very difficult. Kim managed to keep things running fairly smoothly until her husband John's health began to decline. He had a liver disease, and this soon put him in a critical state. John desperately needed a liver transplant. Now they had to search for a living donor as trying to get a liver from a deceased donor would take longer than John had. Kim must used every bit of knowledge she's gained from her life and experiences on the mountains to help cope with what is happening. This book was so inspirational! At first I thought I would have a hard time reading it because I did not understand skiing terminology. While the author tries to explain everything, I had a really hard time with it. However, I soon found myself having a fairly good understanding of what was going on, which made things so much easier to understand. I was incredibly moved by the story. Seeing Kim struggle with the realities of her husband's medical problems was sad yet heartwarming. She had so many things that helped her cope, and I think everyone can learn from those same coping strategies. One of the main ones as learning to take things in 15 minute intervals. In general the time interval is not the important part, but learning to take things one step at a time very helpful.This would be wonderful book for anyone struggling with hard times, but it will probably be most helpful for people who are dealing with medical issues. It will help give inspiration and comfort. It would be a wonderful gift to give someone whose loved one has just received a difficult diagnosis or even just someone who wants an uplifting story that brings peace and comfort. It is beautifully written, and I'm sure it will help many people.Book provided for review.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Kim Kircher's life has always been a bit of a balancing act. As a member of the ski patrol, she always has to balance her own safety with her ability to keep other people alive and well. On top of this, Kim has diabetes, so keeping her activity and blood sugars balanced is sometimes very difficult. Kim managed to keep things running fairly smoothly until her husband John's health began to decline. He had a liver disease, and this soon put him in a critical state. John desperately needed a liver transplant. Now they had to search for a living donor as trying to get a liver from a deceased donor would take longer than John had. Kim must used every bit of knowledge she's gained from her life and experiences on the mountains to help cope with what is happening. This book was so inspirational! At first I thought I would have a hard time reading it because I did not understand skiing terminology. While the author tries to explain everything, I had a really hard time with it. However, I soon found myself having a fairly good understanding of what was going on, which made things so much easier to understand. I was incredibly moved by the story. Seeing Kim struggle with the realities of her husband's medical problems was sad yet heartwarming. She had so many things that helped her cope, and I think everyone can learn from those same coping strategies. One of the main ones as learning to take things in 15 minute intervals. In general the time interval is not the important part, but learning to take things one step at a time very helpful. This is be wonderful book for anyone struggling with hard times, but it will probably be most helpful for people who are dealing with medical issues. It will help give inspiration and comfort. It would be a wonderful gift to give someone whose loved one has just received a difficult diagnosis or even just someone who wants an uplifting story that brings peace and comfort. It is beautifully written, and I'm sure it will help many people. Book provided for review.
Meg-ABookishAffair More than 1 year ago
Kim Kircher is tough by definition. As a ski patroller, she had been in a lot of really tough situations before. She did things like set explosions to protect the slopes from avalanches. She helped people who were hurt without batting an eye. Through it all, she had her husband by her side as he also spent a lot of time managing and maintaining the slopes. Their world comes crumbling down when John is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a horribly scary world. With as tough as Kim and John are, they are absolutely terrified about what might happen. Kim feels like she needs to be the strong one. She goes with what she knows: the lessons that she learned on the slopes. One thing that she looks to (and the lesson that I'm going to try to practice in my own life) is living your life 15 minutes at a time, which means not getting stuck on the future what ifs. I know that I personally have a tough time with not looking too far ahead. This book is about holding onto what you know when faced with tough situations. This is a great read for anyone who needs a pick-me-up or just a book to show you how much power you can have over how you deal with things! Bottom line: This is a great story about overcoming!