Book Review: Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen
Mountains are the ultimate playground. Anytime we head into the mountains to ski, hike, climb, or explore it comes with a certain amount of risk. Usually things go according to plan, but sometimes they go horribly wrong. When people are in trouble in the mountain environment, the heroes of Search and Rescue are the first responders.
Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen provides an honest and insightful look at Loewen’s life on Seattle Mountain Rescue. With hundreds of rescues under her belt, Loewen has seen a wide variety of intense situations in wilderness settings.
Avalanche accidents, lost hikers, stranded climbers, alpine fatalities, and missing people are common SAR call outs. Every time Loewen gets a call, she knows “that, even though it’s hard to answer the phone, there is something awesome about having the person on the other end tell you about a life-or-death emergency where the team needs you, immediately, to stave off unimaginable disaster.”
No matter what time of day or what else is going on in their lives, search and rescue volunteers are willing to drop it all to come to the rescue. Found shines the spotlight on the detailed rescues these volunteers perform in wild conditions and the tragic accidents that can occur in the mountains. It’s a fascinating lifestyle “that draws people who are inclined toward universal positive regard.”
SAR volunteers are a close knit community of “mismatched, ridiculous bunch of craftsmen with complementary skills who are not being paid to do this job.” They see it as their “job to rescue people, no matter what has just happened to them.” It’s a vital and under-appreciated service that mountain communities rely on. Hopefully you never find yourself in an unfortunate situation in the mountains that requires rescue. If you do, you’ll want someone like Bree Loewen to be there by your side.
In Found, Loewen searches to find a balance between her life, her career, her family, and her role in search and rescue. That’s no easy task. Venturing into the mountains in the middle of snowy night, rigging rescues down plummeting cliffs, going on multi-day epics, or searching for missing hikers is an adrenaline pumping adventure. But Loewen sees it as “a job for a human, not a hero, a human who has nothing else to do today but this.” That’s what dedication is all about.
Loewen is a talented storyteller whose flowing, stream of consciousness style of writing is captivating. Her attention to detail combined with a hint of humor will transport you to the scene of a gory rescue, the excitement of a search, or the safety of every day life as a happy mother. This 202-page book is an adventure that you can easily read cover to cover.
Every mountain enthusiast needs to read Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen. Hopefully it inspires you to join your local SAR organization so that you can “be a part of something awesome.”
We give Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen two big thumbs up!
Disclaimer: Mountaineers Books send Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen to Mountain Journey to read and review.
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