By Jennifer Woodlief
At the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six touring mountain climbers ascended the height of the Grand Teton in Jackson gap, Wyoming. Rain and colliding air currents blew in, and shortly an enormous electric cost started to construct. because the workforce started to retreat from its place, a significant 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 lower than. In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the tale of the climb, the arriving of the hurricane, and the unparalleled rescue by way of the Jenny Lake Rangers, some of the most skilled mountaineering search-and-rescue groups within the nation.
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