Backpacker Radio 68 | Jean Muenchrath on Her Near Death Experience in the High Sierra
Today we are joined by Jean Muenchrath, mountaineer, escaper of death, author, and spiritual being. Simply put, Jean’s story is remarkable. Jean gives us a play by play of the time she nearly died after catastrophic fall near Mount Whitney in winter conditions. She walks us through not only this harrowing tale, but the long process to physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery, the subject of her book If I Live Until Morning: A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation.
Chaunce and Badger wrap up the show with some listener emails, Poop Stories, and a new segment, One Line Movie Reviews. This is our last in-person podcast until the apocalypse blows over, so please do savor the flavor of this one.
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- Interview with Jean Muenchrath
- QOTD: What is your least favorite animal?
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Interview with Jean Muenchrath
00:03:14 – QOTD: What is your least favorite animal?
00:05:18 – Intro to Jean (backpacking, mountaineering, and skiing background)
00:08:50 – The Cross Country John Muir Trail Ski Expedition
00:10:16 – Muenchrath’s Backpacking Experience
00:11:12 – How did Ken and Jean meet?
00:14:14 – How many miles were you doing per day (during the XC JMT Ski Expedition)?
00:15:10 – Going up Mt.Whitney
00:18:22 – Ken goes sledding down the mountain all of a sudden
00:24:00 – The Fall on Mt.Whitney
00:30:00 – Jean’s Extensive Injuries
00:32:40 – After the Fall (Jean Woke Up The Next Morning)
00:34:25 – A Detailed List of Jean’s Injuries
00:36:40 – Getting Out
00:39:40 – Getting a Ride to the Hospital
00:42:00 Jean Had a Bad Feeling Before Leaving
00:43:40 – If you could do it again, would you?
00:49:00 – Jean’s Journal
00:51:25 – How did Jean and Paul meet?
00:53:00 – The Second Half of Jean’s Book
00:54:00 – The Himalayas
00:58:20 – Returning to Asia
00:59:30 – Have you always been a spiritual person?
01:02:40 – Jean’s Spiritual Transition
01:05:00 – Opioid Withdrawals
01:12:45 – Getting Started with Meditation
01:14:10 – Final Thoughts?
01:17:00 – Sign up for Hikerlink!
01:17:40 – Trek propaganda – Kelly Floro – How to Choose the Proper Rain Gear For Your Hike
01:18:20 – One sentence movie plots
01:26:00 – Mail Bag
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