Brad & Melissa McQueen, author of Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing

Friday, June 26 - 6pm

Off the Beaten Path welcomes Brad & Melissa McQueen, authors of Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing. Brad and Melissa will share the story of the events and mistakes leading up to their rescue from Mount Evans along with other stories from their experiences climbing peaks.

About the Book:

In May of 2001, the author and his wife, Melissa, and his father were stranded overnight on Mount Evans during a freak late-spring blizzard. Melissa punched through snow into a creek and ended up spending the night out in the cold, with her feet bare. She suffered severe frostbite on both feet and had to have eight of her toes amputated. This is the never-before published full account of this accident and their rescue from the mountains, as well as numerous other adventures in the mountains including: the author’s successful quest to complete all 54 Colorado 14ers; climbs of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Grand Teton, Denali, and Ecuador’s Antisana and Cotopaxi.

Told with humor, compassion and deep honesty, and written with the skill of a seasoned writer, Exposed is not just a recounting of their mountain climbing excursions; it is a guide for other ambitious mountain climbers on how to survive while traversing our many peaks, and it is a story of the beautiful tenacity and determination of the human spirit.

About the Authors:

Brad McQueen is an avid hiker and climber and a partner in the Denver-based CPA firm EKS&H, where he audits public and private companies in a variety of industries. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. He has climbed all of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks along with other mountains in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the American Alpine Club and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.

Melissa McQueen is a passionate educator and outdoors person. She has climbed 11 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and 19,330-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in addition to attempts on Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton. Her frostbite story was first told on Colorado Public Radio’s Here’s What Happened program and she was featured in Backpacker Magazine’s 2012 Survivor Edition. She unofficially holds large numbers of “firsts” and “speed records” for two-toed people. She is a member of the American Alpine Club and volunteers each summer with Big City Mountaineers, taking groups of inner city high school girls on their first backpacking trips.

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Event date: 
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
68 9th Steet
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing Cover Image
By Brad McQueen, Melissa McQueen (Joint Author)
ISBN: 9781555664596
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Johnson Books - March 1st, 2015