By Susan Oakey-Baker
Finding Jim describes Susan Oakey-Bakers fight to confront the realities of existence after the dying of her husband, popular mountain advisor Jim Haberl, the 1st Canadian to summit the main tricky mountain on the earth: K2. For fifteen years that they had hung out adventuring jointly all over the world: snowboarding the Himalaya, rafting in Nepal and mountain climbing in North the US. In time, they acquired married, solidified a house for themselves in Whistler, British Columbia, and deliberate on beginning a kinfolk. however the destiny Susan had imagined used to be now not intended to be, and whilst Jim used to be killed in an avalanche within the collage diversity of Wrangell-St. Elias nationwide Park in Alaska, she was once confronted with a loss more than whatever she ever may have expected.
After Jims demise, Susan hung out retracing the adventures they took jointly, in a determined and obsessive try and assemble and carry directly to as many stories of him as she might. She travelled to where in Alaska the place he misplaced his existence; searched the Queen Charlotte Islands the place they'd first met; trekked to the pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro the place they'd journeyed the 12 months earlier than his dying; and scoured the hills round their Whistler domestic for strains of the guy she had anticipated to spend the remainder of her existence with.
In the spirit of books like Joan DidionsThe 12 months of Magical Thinking and Maria Coffeys Fragile Edge, Susan Oakey-Baker writes eloquently of her efforts to relive and reanalyze her husband's dying, to defy the discomfort that this type of loss motives and include the therapeutic energy of mountains, experience and desert as she reimagines her new life.