Reviewed in The Seattle Times!
In Found, Bree writes about her experiences as an on-call volunteer (and board member) with Seattle Mountain Rescue in the Cascades. Taking emergency calls around the clock--from assisting lost hikers and injured back country skiers to rescuing stuck climbers and worse, recovering bodies—Bree ruminates about why she is drawn to do the work she does and why, it turns out, she is the best person for the job. She does all this while juggling motherhood and family, nursing school, and managing her own risk and safety.
Each chapter of Found is centered around a rescue, but is also interlaced with Bree’s personal reflections on life—her life and life in general. A highly competent female search and rescue leader in a traditionally male field, Bree writes with an engaging and thoughtful, yet distinct voice about intense rescue and recovery situations, the camaraderie and bonding with fellow volunteers, as well as the raw beauty of wilderness landscapes. Western Washington readers will recognize the nearby locations—Rattlesnake Ledge, Chair Peak, Granite Mountain, Little Si, and others—where events of her narrative unfold.
Bree Loewen has been a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, an EMT in Seattle, and has written for Climbing and Alpinist magazines. As a current volunteer with Seattle Mountain Rescue, Loewen has been on more than 100 rescues in the past three yearsand countless more over her career. She lives in Carnation, Washington, with her husband and daughter.