A Bolt From the Blue

A Bolt From the Blue

The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet

Book - 2012
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From the author of A Wall of White , the thrilling account of a spectacular mountain rescue after six climbers are struck by lightning.

FIVE INJURED CLIMBERS. TEN SEASONED RANGERS. ONE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE.

On the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six vacationing mountain climbers ascended the peak of the Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rain and colliding air currents blew in, and soon a massive electrical charge began to build. As the group began to retreat from its location, a colossal lightning bolt struck and pounded through the body of every climber. One of the six died instantly, one lay critically injured next to her body, and four dangled perilously into the chasm below. In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the story of the climb, the arrival of the storm, and the unprecedented rescue by the Jenny Lake Rangers, one of the most experienced climbing search-and-rescue teams in the country.

Against the dramatic landscape of the Teton Range, Woodlief brings to life the grueling task of the rangers, a band of colorful characters who tackle one of the riskiest, most physically demanding jobs in the world. By turns terrifying and exhilarating, A Bolt from the Blue is both a testament to human courage and an astonishing journey into one of history's most dangerous mountain rescues.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451607086
1451607083
Characteristics: 244 p., [16] p. of plates:,col. ill.;,22 cm.

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TheMule88
Aug 07, 2015

Excellent book. Very detailed and a tribute to real hero's putting their life on the line to save others.

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JannaB
Jan 25, 2014

Starts out a little slow but when it gets to describing the rescue, I could not put this book down. This is an incredible story that is well researched and very well told.

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