By Susan Oakey-Baker
Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Baker’s fight to confront the realities of existence after the demise of her husband, popular mountain consultant Jim Haberl, the 1st Canadian to summit the main tricky mountain on the planet: K2. For fifteen years they'd frolicked adventuring jointly all over the world: snowboarding the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and climbing in North the United States. In time, they bought married, solidified a house for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and deliberate on beginning a relatives. however the destiny Susan had imagined used to be now not intended to be, and while Jim was once killed in an avalanche within the collage diversity of Wrangell-St. Elias nationwide Park in Alaska, she used to be confronted with a loss more than something she ever may have expected.
After Jim’s loss of life, Susan hung out retracing the adventures they took jointly, in a determined and obsessive try to 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 that they had first met; trekked to the head of Mount Kilimanjaro the place that they had journeyed the 12 months ahead of his dying; and scoured the hills round their Whistler domestic for strains of the fellow she had anticipated to spend the remainder of her existence with.
In the spirit of books like Joan Didion’s The 12 months of Magical Thinking and Maria Coffey’s Fragile Edge, Susan Oakey-Baker writes eloquently of her efforts to relive and reanalyze her husband's dying, to defy the discomfort that one of these loss reasons and include the therapeutic energy of mountains, experience and barren region as she reimagines her new life.
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