Best Book Awards Finalist - Travel and Essays Category (Sponsored by the American Book Fest)
An inspiring memoir about a courageous woman's survival and recovery from an adventure-induced trauma - and the power of her dreams to overcome tragedy and live life to the fullest.
Her wilderness adventure turned into a nightmare. After skiing more than 200 miles along California's John Muir Trail, Jean faces death from a mountaineering accident on Mount Whitney. Broken and bleeding on the highest peak in the continental United States, she vows to realize her greatest dreams if she lives until morning. Her escape from the Sierra Nevada Mountains turns into an amazing five-day survival story. Jean's recovery is equally daunting.
In this outdoor adventure memoir, her three-decade journey takes her from the depths of despair and chronic pain, to the heights of the Himalayas and on travels around the world. When the specter of Mount Whitney continues to shatter her life, Jean befriends Tibetan lamas. Their ancient wisdom guides her on a path beyond her wildest dreams.
"This is an inspiring book, and well written. Highly recommended for all who love mountains, nature - and life." (Story Circle Book Reviews - reviewing books by, for, and about women)
“An incredible, beautiful Story.” (Backpacker Radio)
“This is a story of courage, and at the center of the story is the author’s drive to survive, to heal, to manifest a new reality. If you are looking for an inspiring story, then this is it! Narrator Sarah Brands voice is warm, pleasant and clear. It fits perfectly with the book’s style and tone.” (Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews)