Holding Fast: The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy
In December 2006, millions of people across the world prayed and waited in anguish to learn the fate of 3 climbers trapped on Mt. Hood. The worst storm in the last decade was pounding the mountain with hurricane-force winds that would not permit the army of rescue workers to do their work. No one bel ...more
I had followed the Mt. Hood tragedy when it happened, but I never really found out what really happened. Since I love reading climbing books (and I love actually climbing), I had high hopes that I would find out "The Untold Story of the Mt. Hood Tragedy". I was certainly wrong. I expect most climbers would agree.
First of all, I rarely rate a book less than 3 out of 5. I am not trying to be judgmental or insensitive. The back cover of this book simply didn't match the contents or I never would ha...more
In December of 2006, three friends vanished when a snowstorm struck while they were climbing Mount Hood. For days the families stood vigil and prayed for their survival and rescue. One of the climbers, Kelly James, had been injured and was alone in a snow cave near the summit. He was able to have one final phone call with his wife and family before his phone went silent. Knowing something of his position, rescue worked to reach him. Before they could find him, Kelly di ...more
How one woman held on to her faith after her husband's tragic death
In "Holding Fast for Purpose," Karen James tells the story of losing her man to a mountain. Kelly James was a man's man; a follower of Jesus; a lover of life; a godly dad and hopeless romantic. He was a 25-year veteran mountaineer who had straddled the world's most famous summits. But the final peak swallowed him whole and refused to give him back.
In her book, Karen shares her desperation as a rescue operation is mounted ...more
This book was a surprise. When the preface tells you how the story ends (yes, i know the title has tragedy in it, but i had not actually heard of the story -- i generally don't watch the news), it leaves you wondering how the rest of the story could be engaging. Wow, was i wrong.
Karen James walks you thru the period before the tragedy and after in a manner that is interesting and even suspenseful. As the characte ...more
But, when I started reading this book I got hooked really quick. Karen James is a phenomenal writer. While reading this book you know what the end result of the mountain climbing of Kelly, Brian, and Nikko but not all the background or who they were. Through Karen's bo ...more
I think it took me a day and a half to read the book, with Gord & Ash giggling at my river of tears. Y ...more
Holding Fast is the true story of a wife’s anxiety, agony, and faith as her husband was stranded and eventually killed in a mountain climbing accident on Mt. Hood. A trip, planned to last 2 days, turned into days of anxious trepidation for the family of Kelly James as he did not come down from the mountain.
Very sad read. I was looking for something a bit more exciting. Guess that'll teach me not to look more closely at what I"m checking out at the library.