This author relates harrowing reality in his memoir as a member of the Utah seach and rescue team. I found the interplay between the search and rescue volunteers and the paid progessionals to be an eye opener. Sad that the rift caused so many truly experienced people to leave the team. I recommend this book for anyone who spends time in the outdoors, or who would like a good read.
If you live and play in the mountains, and have ever wondered what happens when the call for help goes out, read this book. As a volunteer SAR professional myself - and (full disclosure) one who participated in several of the call-outs described in this book - Achelis captures the detail, emotion and mechanics of how we assist those in need, with equal skill. I found myself reliving them as if they occurred yesterday. I think you will too.
For those of you who are familiar with and enjoy reading the "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" annual reports, you will find these stories equally accessible, yet more engaging because this format is unhindered by space and content restrictions.
This is a collection of real-life rescue stories set in the mountains (and sometimes urban streets) of Utah, as experienced by volunteer rescuers working for the Sheriff's department of Salt Lake County. This isn't a study of world-class mountaineers scaling Everest. It's about ordinary people stuck in bad situations because of their own foolishness, or bad luck, or the sheer evil of others. The stories are short, and as with eating potato chips I found it hard to stop.
I wish this book existed in 1970 when I was a newbie! I highly recommend that new responders read this book. Steve's writing is real, honest and gripping honed by years of writing articles for various journals. He knows the topic intimately and gives voice to the feelings and emotions all reaponders share but rarely speak of. I use this book in my classes and the student's love it. It allows them to open up about fears and feelings as no "textbook" can. It places a human face on the stories from the nightly news. A must read for anyone involved in emergency care and rescue operations.