Loewen, who lives in Carnation, writes a page-turner of a memoir about her volunteer work with Seattle Mountain Rescue.
“Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue”
by Bree Loewen
Mountaineers Books, 202 pp., $17.95
Reading Bree Loewen’s memoir, “Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue,” seems just about as emotionally exhausting as dashing out in the middle of a stormy winter night to slog miles through mushy snow in hope of saving some hapless mountaineer who has compound fractures, hypothermia and who-knows-what internal injuries after tumbling like a rag doll down an icy cliff near Snoqualmie Pass.
Just writing that sentence has left me drained.
Yet that is the kind of Adrenalin-pumping, survival-in-the-balance call-out around which life revolves for this at-home mom who lives in Carnation.
The author of “Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue” will speak at 7 p.m. June 7 at
The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center,
7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle; tickets are $12 at the door or at mountaineers.org/blog/bewild-2017-speaker-series
Loewen’s stream-of-consciousness storytelling makes for a page-turner. The tales of adventurers in trouble kept grabbing my attention the way calls for help come on her cellphone — relentlessly, without warning, sometimes in the middle of the night.
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She drops what she’s doing every time there’s an avalanche on Mount Snoqualmie, or a stranded climber on Guye Peak. Anyone who’s ventured east of Issaquah with a day pack in the Subaru will read about plenty of familiar places. Each chapter is titled for the mountain, waterfall or hiking route where a life is in peril: Rattlesnake Ledge, Pebble Creek, Otter Falls …
Some victims survive to make amazing recoveries; others go home in a body bag.
Ultimately, a subliminal message emerges through the murky whirl of snowflakes that seems to blow from the pages every time…