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Pickets & Dead Men

Mountaineers Books


by Bree Loewen

Being a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier proved to be a life-altering experience for author Bree Loewen. As one of only a handful of women on staff, Bree fought to prove herself among men in the field, while confronting the often unrealistic expectations of the public on a mountain that shows little mercy. With honesty, self-deprecation, and wry humor, she reflects on her experiences on Rainier: assisting injured climbers, rescuing lost children, battling inscrutable bureaucracy, lugging heavy equipment, and trying to make sense of it all. Whether it's her account of a solo climb in dicey conditions or trying to protect her good jacket while cleaning the outhouses at Camp Muir, Loewen's writing is engagingly human and humane.





Author Bree Loewen
Title Pickets and Dead Men: Seasons on Rainier
Edition 0
Publisher Mountaineers Books
Publication Date March 1, 2009
Pages 189
Format Paperback
ISBN-13 978-1594851018


"This is a fine, enjoyable read... Loewen's prose is so disarming -- at one point she says she wants her last thoughts to be about white chocolate macadamia nut cookies — you don't notice the seriousness of her trade until people actually start to dying. (Cailin Smart, Gripped)

"3.5 stars -- The book is engaging, honest and often painful." (Alison Osius, Rock & Ice)