Holding Fast: The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy  -     By: Karen James
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Holding Fast: The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy

Thomas Nelson / 2008 / Hardcover

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As hurricane-force winds pounded Mt. Hood in December 2006, Kelly James, trapped in a snow cave, called his wife for the last time. In this gripping story of adventure, love, and loss, Karen James reveals the story of that fateful climb, Kelly's final cell phone messages to his family, and never-before-published photos from Kelly's camera. 256 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 1595551751
ISBN-13: 9781595551757
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 08/29/15.

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Publisher's Description

A journey of adventure, tragedy, love, and loss on the summit of Mt. Hood.

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 below could forget the last phone call Kelly James placed to his wife, telling her that he was trapped in a snow cave just below the summit. What happened next would change the lives of everyone involved and deeply touch millions of people who desperately hoped to see a Christmas miracle.

For more than a week, the search dominated the news as family members huddled below, praying for the climbers' safe return. But the story did not end when Kelly James's body was airlifted off the mountain and the cameras stopped rolling. For Karen, the year after Kelly's death was spent searching for answers to what really happened on the mountain. In this journey of adventure, tragedy, love and loss, she reveals never-released information about the fateful climb and behind-the-scenes details of how the family coped with the shocking news.

Author Bio

Karen James is a former award-winning journalist who has reported at ABC, NBC, and CBS TV news affiliates across the country. In addition to working in communications at AARP for a number of years, she is an accomplished painter and is co-owner of the public relations consulting firm James Nuñez Group. Karen was married to Kelly James, one of the climbers who tragically died atop Mt. Hood in 2006. Today she shares her life with her four stepchildren and greatly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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  1. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    February 7, 2012
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    It was an interesting story, but there didn't seem to be a conclusion. It is a description of what the family went through. There aren't answers to what really happened. Mountaineering is a selfish endeavor, and this book confirms that.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 23, 2010
    Karla Meachem
    With an unexpected death, we all have questions that we would like to have answers to. Karen was the same. She shares her grief with transparency, as she looks to God for the answers.If you are asking the same questions about where God is in your grief and loss; then you will want to read how Karen found the answers to her questions (step-by-step) along the road of healing.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 10, 2009
    Sharon A Lavy
    I look for the relationship angle in any book I read. This was an inspirational read. A book with take home value.Kelly was Karen's prince charming, and he lead her to God by the sheer strength of his own faith. Karen wanted what Kelly had. He had mended her broken dreams, and she wanted to live the rest of her life with him.I read the book and learned how much goes into planning a mountain climb. I gained a little more insite on how climbing can get into a man's blood. Sort of like my own husbands love of flying a small plane. It becomes part of who the man is and a wise woman knows this. The thing that helped Kelly refuse to give up the search was her knowledge of her man. How careful he was. His keen planning ability. Knowing that he was not reckless. As I took the journey with her I could relate to her fears, her hopes, her despair. Her growing friendship with two other women whose husbands were also missing on that mountain ~~ the ups and downs of the search. I could not put the book down.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 6, 2009
    Cal Habig
    This book was of initial interest to me because I live in Portland, OR and many of the events depicted happened on the mountain we see every day (at least when it isn't covered up by clouds): Mount Hood. I have had friends and relatives climb Mt. Hood and know it is doable if you are in good shape and have a good guide, but I also hear of the dangers. Those dangers came to be no more real than in December 2006 when three men were reported as lost on the mountain.This book is the recounting of the story from the eyes of one of the wives of the three men (and the only one whose body ever was found): Karen James. Her husband, Kelly James, was a climber with 25 years experience. Karen gives a brief, but sufficient, relaying of highlights of Kelly's life and of their marriage and life together, but she does not dawdle in getting to what the book is about: how God moved in the situation of the lost climbers. It is a heart wrenching book. It is a book of faith. It is an honest book; Karen shares her anger, her doubts, her fears. But in the end it is about God shaping one woman and using the worst experience of her life to do so. The recounting of the story is the familiar news story and a fascinating read. The events, the news reports and the once-in-a decade snow storm are things I remember well. But that is not really the point of the book. The point of the book is what God was doing in Karen James's life through this most tragic of events.It is a book that is part adventure story, part love story, but mostly an inspirational story about one woman's journey of faith through the valley of the shadow of her husband's death. I would highly recommend it.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 5, 2009
    This book not only tells the dramatic story of the Mt. Hood tragedy, but it also walks us through the healing process the author underwent her first year after losing her husband. While I found some of the writing unreal in certain places, overall the book is one full of life lessons and drama.
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