By Susan Oakey-Baker
Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Baker’s fight to confront the realities of lifestyles after the loss of life of her husband, well known mountain advisor Jim Haberl, the 1st Canadian to summit the main tricky mountain on the planet: K2. For fifteen years that they had frolicked adventuring jointly worldwide: snowboarding the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and climbing in North the United States. In time, they acquired married, solidified a house for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and deliberate on beginning a kin. however the destiny Susan had imagined was once now not intended to be, and whilst Jim was once 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 may have expected.
After Jim’s loss of life, Susan frolicked retracing the adventures they took jointly, in a determined and obsessive try and assemble and carry directly to as many thoughts of him as she might. She travelled to where in Alaska the place he misplaced his existence; searched the Queen Charlotte Islands the place that they had first met; trekked to the head of Mount Kilimanjaro the place that they had journeyed the yr earlier than his demise; and scoured the hills round their Whistler domestic for strains of the fellow she had anticipated to spend the remainder of her lifestyles 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 any such loss reasons and include the therapeutic energy of mountains, event and desolate tract as she reimagines her new life.
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