- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: TMC Books LLC; 1st Edition edition (August 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996218157
- ISBN-13: 978-0996218153
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
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Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova Paperback – August 25, 2017
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“Ty Gagne’s account of this tragedy is one of the best 360 degree analyses I’ve ever seen. Objective
facts of the case aside—clothing, equipment, etc., the human factors for all involved provide
us with important perspectives. His research on the elements of risk and how we make
decisions should serve readers well when they venture forth in any wilderness setting.”
— John E. (Jed) Williamson, President Emeritus, Sterling College, Editor, Accidents in North
American Mountaineering, ‘74 – ‘14, Current board member: Central Asia Institute,
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“In this gripping tale—told with both grim detail and deep sensitivity—Gagne takes us into
risky terrain, where the smallest decision made by one individual can lead to life-changing
events for many. His own compassion invites us to identify with the woman whose final struggle
to survive ultimately leaves us with the sense that she was a friend we never had. Throughout
the book, Gagne reminds us that in order to assess our own risks, we must visit places in
ourselves we may not know as well as we should. The story also emerges as a testament to the
brave men and women of volunteer search and rescue teams, whose willingness to risk themselves
for others must also be tempered by good decision making. Where You’ll Find Me is many
things— adventure story, survival narrative, love story—and it contains an implicit promise
that the spirit of Kate Matrosova will live forever among the footpaths of the Presidentials.”
—Peter Kick, Author of Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the
“Destined to be a classic in the canon of mountaineering literature.”
—Peter Kick, Author of Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the
Mountains of the Northeast
“You don’t have to be a mountaineer to appreciate the human drama of this tightly researched,
vividly told story. Gagne gives voice to an impressive number of eye witnesses and
knowledgeable experts, all of whom lend perspective and authority to his own keen analysis
of the tragedy. But the big reason this book will enjoy wide appeal is the author’s ability
to draw important lessons from the mistakes that led to an untimely death while managing
to celebrate—with respect and compassion—the life force that was Kate Matrosova.”
—Stefany Shaheen, COO of Good Measures and author of Elle & Coach, Diabetes, the Fight for
My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything
“Gagne adeptly integrates a tale of high adventure gone awry with the
intriguing science behind the risks and decisions we as humans face. Within
this finely-crafted account, the various threads comprising this story are
seamlessly interwoven against the rugged backdrop of New Hampshire’s
Presidential Range. Matrosova’s fateful solo journey hauntingly unfolds
alongside an analysis of the dire climatic and geographic elements conspiring
against her. The daring rescue efforts undertaken to save her are so viscerally
penned as to transport readers right to the wind-tortured peaks being
contended with. Where You’ll Find Me serves as an example of just where
decisional missteps can lead us- and a sobering reminder of Mother Nature’s
—Edward Swanson, Award-winning author of Mesmer’s Disciple and Madoc’s Legac
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Gagne's appraisal of Kate Matrosova's last climb is thorough and insightful. At the same time, the narrative does not become weighed down with unnecessary detail. Even though I knew Matrosova's story going into the book, I was still gripped by the struggle and tension of the narrative. At the same time, I was also very interested into some of the asides that dive into risk management- Gagne's professional line of work- and the processes that are at play not only in this scenario but also show themselves in many day-to-day activities and lines of work.
One of the things Gagne does very well and which, in my opinion, is absolutely necessary for this genre is withheld judgment. That works on two levels: he neither accuses nor defends Matrosova's actions. Although Gagne alludes to the fact that in events such as this criticism and accusations can fly, Gagne never gives ear to these voices let alone adds any of his own. His depiction of what took place is gentle and respectful while at the same time not withholding details or trying to pretend like there weren't bad decisions or missteps. This allows me, as the reader, to engage with the story on its level and to draw my own lessons accordingly. This is just one of many reasons this book is a goodread.
The author looks at the mental, physical, and environmental factors that contributed to this event. There was bad weather and many have said that they wouldn't (and didn't) venture outside based of the forecast. It wasn't the decision to start her trip that killed her. That's the easy answer. There were multiple instances along the way that had she made a different decision she would have survived that day. The book addresses those decisions.
I saw the author present the underlying information at a conference earlier this year and was excited to read an expanded version of that presentation, which was great. The book was even better. It arrived yesterday afternoon and I started reading it as soon as I unwrapped and I didn't stop until I was done - read it cover to cover without ever leaving my seat. I knew the story and it still gripped me.
I'm an instructor at an outdoor leadership school and I run my own hiking group (5,000+ members). Keeping people safe while enjoying the outdoors is important to me and I plan to read this one again. There were several situations where I was reflecting back on decisions that I've made that were being described in the book. I plan to use these lessons with the people I teach and lead.
It's a great resource to help prepare your mind as well as you prepare your legs and lungs. If you venture outdoors, with a group or alone, I highly recommend you read this book.