* A women's perspective on the macho world of climbing rangers
* Rescues, egos, and breakfast burritos on Mt. Rainier
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.
About the Author
BREE LOEWEN has been a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, an EMT in Seattle, and has written for Climbing magazine. She has taught rigging and navigation classes for search and rescue groups and lives in Carnation, Washington, with her husband and daughter.