Review: Local author/climber Bree Loewen writes about a life in mountain rescue

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.

Author appearance

Bree Loewen

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…

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