Join us on June 7 as Seattle-based search and rescuer, EMT, and author, Bree Loewen takes the stage to feature stories from his latest memoir Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue.
Bree Loewen’s first book, Pickets and Dead Men, was her account of the three seasons she spent as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, in Washington, beginning at the tender age of 21. Through her utterly honest and often gripping stories, she revealed her struggle to gain the respect of her male coworkers, her constant internal self-doubt, and a continual pondering of that never-ending question: Why am I here?
Now in her mid-thirties, Loewen has become a wife, a mother, and a leader of Seattle Mountain Rescue (SMR), a volunteer-based search-and-rescue operation. She no longer struggles with the respect of co-workers (she has it in spades) nor crippling self-doubt (overcome after hundreds of rescues). But she does still ponder the question of why she continues to head into the backcountry, confronting danger, risk, and, often, death. SMR is involved in everything from high profile accidents to rescues that never even make the local news. And since the climbing and outdoor community in Seattle is so close knit, Loewen often finds herself involved in efforts to rescue friends and acquaintances.
A distinct and fearless voice—quiet and thoughtful, yet laced with dark humor; utterly honest and disarming; clear and graceful—Loewen conveys the intensity of rescue and recovery situations as well as the beauty of wilderness landscapes in accessible, real, and convincing language. Found reveals a woman’s effort to help, nurture, and protect her daughter, her community, and her life.
Bree Loewen has been a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, an EMT in Seattle, and a contributor to Climbing and Alpinist magazines. As a current volunteer with Seattle Mountain Rescue, Loewen has been on more than 100 rescues in the past three years—and countless more over her career. She lives in Carnation, Washington, with her husband and daughter.
BEWILD SPEAKER SERIES
The Mountaineers are proud to present the BeWild Speaker Series where we're putting passion and adventure on the stage. Come to any one of these talks - or all three - and we guarantee you'll leave inspired to seek adventure, connect with nature and work to protect wild places.
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$10 Mountaineers member
$12 at the door
LOCATION AND DETAILS
The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm
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