When I was hiking with Maryanne and Seth, they recommended that I check out A Bolt From The Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet. What a great recommendation it was!
The book tells the story of a 2003 rescue on Grand Teton. Six climbers attempted the mountain and the party was struck by a bolt of lightning. One climber died immediately but the remaining five climbers needed to be evacuated swiftly before darkness. Fortunately, the Jenny Lake climbing rangers were in charge of the rescue.
Woodlief relates the story of a complicated rescue that could have only been pulled off by some of America’s best high country rescue teams. As someone who has been involved in EMS (and hopes to obtain a wilderness EMT upgrade soon), I was fascinated by how the rangers organized the rescue. The story is absolutely riveting—I finished the book within a day.
If you like stories of the outdoors, adventure, and rescue, A Bolt From the Blue is a great read.