Finding Jim by Susan Oakey-Baker

By Susan Oakey-Baker

Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Baker’s fight to confront the realities of existence after the loss of life of her husband, well known mountain advisor Jim Haberl, the 1st Canadian to summit the main tough mountain on this planet: K2. For fifteen years that they had frolicked adventuring jointly all over the world: snowboarding the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and climbing in North the USA. In time, they bought married, solidified a house for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and deliberate on beginning a relatives. however the destiny Susan had imagined was once now not intended to be, and whilst Jim used to be killed in an avalanche within the college variety of Wrangell-St. Elias nationwide Park in Alaska, she was once confronted with a loss more than whatever she ever can have expected.

After Jim’s demise, Susan frolicked retracing the adventures they took jointly, in a determined and obsessive try and assemble and carry directly to as many stories of him as she may possibly. She travelled to where in Alaska the place he misplaced his existence; searched the Queen Charlotte Islands the place they'd first met; trekked to the head of Mount Kilimanjaro the place that they had journeyed the 12 months ahead of his dying; and scoured the hills round their Whistler domestic for lines of the fellow she had anticipated to spend the remainder of her existence with.

In the spirit of books like Joan Didion’s The yr of Magical Thinking and Maria Coffey’s Fragile Edge, Susan Oakey-Baker writes eloquently of her efforts to relive and reanalyze her husband's demise, to defy the discomfort that this kind of loss motives and include the therapeutic strength of mountains, event and barren region as she reimagines her new life.

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