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

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

This riveting tale of Sierra adventure, personal tragedy, and personal transformation describes how Muenchrath’s grand Sierra adventure turned into a nightmare, and the transformative changes it precipitated. After skiing 200 miles along California’s rugged 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 during a blizzard, she vows to realize her greatest dreams––if she lives until morning.

Her escape from the Sierra turns into a five-day ordeal for survival. Jean’s recovery is equally daunting as lingering effects from her accident make life challenging.

Her journey spans three decades and takes her from the depths of despair and chronic pain to the heights of the Himalayas, first as a tourist,then as a mountain tour guide and seeker of wisdom.

When the specter of Mount Whitney continues to shatter her world, Jean befriends Tibetan lamas. Their ancient wisdom guides her on a path to self-realization beyond her wildest dreams.

Muenchrath has long been a naturalist at Rocky Mountain National Park.

A 2019 finalist for the American Book Awards in the Travel: Guides & Essays category.

Proceeds from sales benefit the non-profit Drikung Kagyu Buddhist organization.

“Jean Muenchrath’s powerful memoir can only be described as compelling and inspirational. It is a well-written story of how tragedy can lead to the road to transmuting trauma. Anyone who loves mountains, Himalayan cultures, Nature, and the spiritual quest … will enjoy and be inspired by this book.”
                –– Debra Denker, author of Sisters on the Bridge of Fire, War in the Land of Cain,  and Weather Menders.

2018, 272 pages, 6” x 9”, black & white photographs. Published by VajraSky Books.
ISBN 978-0-692-95581-9 trade paper 

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Listen to Muenchrath's interview on Colorado Public Radio where she discusses her Sierra adventure and book.

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