By Jennifer Woodlief
At the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six traveling mountain climbers ascended the height of the Grand Teton in Jackson gap, Wyoming. Rain and colliding air currents blew in, and shortly an important electric cost started to construct. because the staff started to retreat from its situation, a massive lightning bolt struck and pounded during the physique of each climber. one of many six died immediately, one lay significantly injured subsequent to her physique, and 4 dangled perilously into the chasm less than. In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the tale of the climb, the coming of the hurricane, and the unheard of rescue by means of the Jenny Lake Rangers, probably the most skilled mountain climbing search-and-rescue groups within the nation.
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He chewed his lower lip, thinking. He’d do something about it if he could, but for the moment it was no real business of his. It was only an accident of fate that he was in the vicinity at all. He’d spent the last few days visiting his mother, who resided in a Selûnite convent in Thentia, and was on his way back to Hulburg. It was usually an uneventful journey, since no one lived along the coastland between Thentia and Hulburg, and most traffic between the two cities went by sea. There wasn’t even much reason for highwaymen or marauders from the wilds of Thar to come this way.
He resigned himself to a night with little rest and found a spot where he could sit with his back to a wall and have a good view of the overgrown fields outside. The night was still and quiet. He dozed off a couple of times during the night, but no one came along to interrupt their rest. Finally, as the eastern sky began to gray, he roused himself. He didn’t think Kraken Queen’s men were anywhere nearby, but his trail would be easier to follow in daylight. He packed up the camp quietly, allowing Nimessa to sleep a little longer, then he woke her.
The old lord would spend the day getting drunk and loosing quarrels at anything that moved. While one might naturally assume that Marstel rarely hit anything, the man was a far better shot than he had a right to be, and he often collected a fair assortment of game. He also occasionally feathered one of his own dogs or beaters, especially late in the day after he was well in his cups. Fortunately Hulburg had no shortage of poor foreigners anxious to earn a few coins any way they could. “Suit yourself, then,” Marstel said with a sniff.
A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet by Jennifer Woodlief