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If I Live Until Morning: A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation

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Her grand adventure turned into a nightmare. After skiing 200 miles along California's John Muir Trail, Jean faces death from a mountaineering accident on Mount Whitney. Broken and bleeding on the highest peak in the continental United States, she vows to realize her greatest dreams if she lives until morning. Her escape from the Sierra Nevada Mountains turns into a ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published March 18th 2018 by Vajrasky Books
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Rhonda
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was great to hear Jean speak at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, CO and see slides of her epic skiing adventure on Mt. Whitney in 82 before reading the book. I know & love the physical therapist who helped her heal her once broken body 20 yrs after the accident.
Mt. Whitney is a magical place that could have turned so tragic for both Jean & Ken. I found the book full of adventure. Jean’s travels in Asia were delightful and the meditation piece very critical to her healing
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Judy Churchill
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author has a true love for mountains - and climbing them. She and her future husband were undertaking the trip of a lifetime. They were following the John Muir trail across the Sierras on cross country skis culminating with the ascent of Mount Whitney. On the descent Muenchrath fell 150 feet and was grievously injured. This is the story of her survival and long road to healing.
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The title of Jean Muenchrath's book, If I Live Until Morning and the book's moody cover of high mountains provide more than a hint of what story awaits readers. Something tragic is going to happen that will leave the author near death. And that is exactly how the tale unfolds. Caught in a storm high on Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the author slips and falls. She comes close to death before she and her cross-country skiing companion painfully make it down the mountain five days ...more
Jann Hurley
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that will be enjoyed by adventurers, travelers, hikers and climbers. It also explores meditation and belief. Readers who want to learn more about Buddhist healing and teachings will find fascinating insights. Jean tells a very gripping, fascinating, and beautiful story. Jean's love of climbing and of the mountains shine through in this story. Her real-life story is incredible. It reads like a fictional adventure story, yet it is real. Jean's honesty in describing her struggles ...more
Heather
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not only was reading If I Live Until Morning a life-changing experience - SO WAS MEETING HER!
A story of growth and survival and perseverance, I still can't believe it. Because I'm no such mountain climber myself, much of this was difficult to envision. The pure natural gusto of it all is shocking, and then the pain and rebuilding she went through. I'll read this again. And then probably again. And maybe even one more time.
Lizzy
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jean shows through firsthand experience that disaster can open the door to a new perspective and even new adventures. What at first appears as a journey to conquer physical pain soon reveals itself as a journey to overcome the emotional trauma from dealing with the aftermath of a near-death experience. This inspiring book is well worth the read, especially for others dealing with their own difficulties.
Andrea
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reading

I loved this story, well written and informative. Insightful and thoughtful, delves into how fear can disable us. Enjoyed the authors ' physical and mental journeys
Tara R Shrake
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly inspiring

Starts out as an outdoor adventure. Ends as an internal assessment and opportunity for spiritual growth. Just lovely. Jean is a true inspiration. Namaste.
Cynthia Elkins
This is a book that makes me want to live to my best each day and be thankful.
Kathy
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mountains, hiking, winter, wilderness, Colorado, Himalayas... what is not to like?
Rachel
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A compelling story of survival and healing of body and mind. Ms. Muenster shares her journey with descriptive prose which allows the reader to experience her journey.
NIKKI  NELSON
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book

This is a wonderful book. I found it personally inspiring and I related to it on a emotional level I was not expecting. Read it.
Diane Winger
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating true story of a woman's astounding outdoor adventures and recovery from a devastating accident. I loved her descriptions of the John Muir Trail and trekking in Nepal.
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Jean Muenchrath’s insatiable appetite for adventure has taken her on mountain escapades across North and South America and Asia. She loves to explore wild places under the power of her own two feet. She has been a park ranger for over thirty years, led treks in Nepal and
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