Finding Jim

Finding Jim

Susan Oakey-Baker


Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Bakers fight to confront the realities of existence after the loss of life of her husband, popular mountain consultant Jim Haberl, the 1st Canadian to summit the main tough mountain on this planet: K2. For fifteen years they'd frolicked adventuring jointly world wide: snowboarding the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and mountain climbing in North the US. In time, they bought married, solidified a house for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and deliberate on beginning a kin. however the destiny Susan had imagined was once no longer intended to be, and whilst Jim was once killed in an avalanche within the college diversity of Wrangell-St. Elias nationwide Park in Alaska, she was once confronted with a loss more than whatever she ever may have expected.

After Jims demise, Susan hung out 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 perhaps. She travelled to where in Alaska the place he misplaced his lifestyles; 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 yr earlier than his dying; and scoured the hills round their Whistler domestic for strains of the guy she had anticipated to spend the remainder of her lifestyles with.

In the spirit of books like Joan DidionsThe yr of Magical Thinking and Maria Coffeys Fragile Edge, Susan Oakey-Baker writes eloquently of her efforts to relive and reanalyze her husband's dying, to defy the soreness that any such loss motives and embody the therapeutic strength of mountains, experience and desert as she reimagines her new life.

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