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 incredible electric cost started to construct. because the crew started to retreat from its situation, a massive lightning bolt struck and pounded in the course of the physique of each climber. one of many six died immediately, one lay severely injured subsequent to her physique, and 4 dangled perilously into the chasm under. 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 via the Jenny Lake Rangers, the most skilled hiking search-and-rescue groups within the kingdom.
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A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet by Jennifer Woodlief