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Harvest Dinner 2017: “A Life in Mountain Rescue”

October 21-22, 2017 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with a special harvest dinner in our lakeside dining hall on Diablo Lake, a fascinating presentation on mountain rescues in the Cascades and comfortable overnight accommodations in the heart of North Cascades National Park!

Join North Cascades Institute for a special feast featuring the bounty of the local harvest. Our chef will prepare a dinner showcasing the flavors of our regional foodshed, with an emphasis on local growers and producers in Skagit and Whatcom counties. Our bar will serve local microbrews and wine to compliment the palette of autumnal flavors.

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After dinner, we'll enjoy an intimate evening presentation on “A Life in Mountain Rescue” with Seatttle-area author Bree Loewen. Bree Loewen’s to-do list isn’t quite the same as most people’s. On any given day, it might include:

  • Go grocery shopping

  • Bake pie seen on Pinterest
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  • Figure out what to do with my life

  • Rescue climbers caught in avalanche on Chair Peak

  • Pick up Vivi at Mom’s 


Harvest Dinner 2017: A Life in Mountain Rescue

Bree Loewen has been a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, an EMT in Seattle and a contributor to Climbing and Alpinist magazines. As a current volunteer with Seattle Mountain Rescue, Loewen has been on more than 100 rescues in the past three years — and countless more over her career. Locals will recognize many of the Cascadian locations where her dramatic stories take place: Snoqualmie Falls, Little Si, Chair Peak near Alpental, Rattlesnake Ledge and others.

Bree and her fellow volunteers provide critically important help, reaching stranded individuals when mountain conditions are too difficult for helicopter access, and collecting data for the medical examiner when it’s too late for a rescue.

Bree is the author of the acclaimed mountain memoir Pickets and Dead Men, which Adventure Journal calls “A deeply drawn memoir . . . and an achingly true picture of the raw grace we find in the outdoors.” In her new book Found, she shares the drama and the camaraderie of this work, as well as the challenges of trying to fit her other roles as wife and mother into what is still largely a masculine environment. In a fearless voice — disarming yet laced with humor — Bree guides us through intense recoveries, vivid wilderness landscapes and the grounding she discovers in motherhood, community and finding her purpose.
 


Praise for Found:


“Bree Loewen is in a class by herself. Found is not only her masterful tale of mountain rescue, it also clearly articulates a hero’s journey filled with existential angst, internal conflicts, and ultimately, balance.” —Brent Bishop, climber and SMR team member
 


“In Found, Bree Loewen brings readers along with her in a constant race against death, while illuminating the people and work of mountain rescue—as well as her own challenges to juggle family demands and discern her life calling. A great read for anyone who enjoys the adventure, peril, and responsibility that goes with life in wild places.” —Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey.

Click here to register, email or call (360) 854-2599.

Your registration includes the Harvest Dinner, Bree Loewen presentation, overnight accommodations in our guest lodges and breakfast the next morning. Commuter option featuring dinner and presentation is available for $50. The Harvest Dinner sells out every year, so don't delay!