WOW! A gripping, well-written page-turner. It takes you to a beautiful and dangerous place, the White Mountains of NH, propelling you through a heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding account of a powerful climber’s fateful encounter with nature at its worst, leaving you to seriously question your own fallibility. While not a mountain climber, this reader was nonetheless drawn in to the tight clutch of this haunting yet educational story. The author wastes none of your time, skillfully exploring and balancing science, risk management and humanity. You can tell he truly cares about the climber, rescuers, mountains and unique culture enveloping them — an authenticity that can’t be simulated. Kate was an amazing and powerful woman; a super achiever who seemed willing and able to overcome any challenge. Experiencing Kate’s strength, and to see it yield to nature during her last climb, leaves you with an important, timeless and terrifying lesson that even the best and most cautious of us are so often tempted to suppress because of our strength, abilities, ambitions and intrinsic need to discover ourselves. This reader, who spends free time in the ocean, is left with an uncomfortable but critical question: is there a level of risk we are all willing to take to reach our goals, even when facing the merciless elements of nature; and will we, as inherently imperfect beings, always manage it well enough to avoid tragedy? A book I’ll never forget.