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Jean Muenchrath
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Amazon Best-selling



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Photo credit: Jena Sampson


Best Book Awards Finalist, 2018

Travel & Essays Category

(sponsored by the American Fest)

Reader's Favorite Book Reviews, 5-stars

"This is a story of courage—the author’s drive to survive, to heal, to manifest a new reality.

If you are looking for an inspiring story, then this is it!"

Backpacker Radio

"An incredible, beautiful story."

Story Circle Book ReviewsEditor's Pick, 5-stars, Sept. 2018

(Reviewing books by, for and about women)
"This is an inspiring book, and well written.

Highly recommended for all who love mountains, nature—and life"

Pinehurst Living Magazine (NC),

Editor's Choice, September/October 2021

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A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation

Mount Whitney in late afternoon clouds, photo credit:


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Photo Credit: Jena Sampson

Podcast Interviews

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Noiser British podcast network 
Clinging to a Mountains:Ski Trip Gone Wrong

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Armchair Explorer podcast
Cheating Death on the John Muir Trail

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Australian podcast—To Be Human
The 5-day Survival Story of Facing Death

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Backpacker Radio podcast 

Jean Muenchrath—Near Death in the High Sierra

United Kingdom podcast—Tough Girl 
Hiking, Skiing and Exploring Wild Places
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Photo Credit:Hart Van Denburg, CPR
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South African podcast—The Matt Brown Show
How to Survive Anything with Jean Muenchrath 
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The Sharp End 
Mountaineering podcast
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Trending Who What Where and When
Luxury Travel Magazine Intervie

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Photo credit: Hart Van Denburg, Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Public Radio Interview:
How This Park Ranger Survived
Being Injured and Trapped

in a Blizzard on Mount Whitney
The Crux True Survival Stories Podcast, Jean Muenchrath
The Crux Podcast -True Survival Stories
 Escape From Mount Whitney
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BYU Radio Constant Wonder
If I Live Until Morning—Skiing Survival 

Documentary Film

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At this time, the full-length documentary film can only be viewed

on demand on ROKU TV, or on the Rocky Mountain Channel on YouTube.

Media Interviews


Her wilderness adventure turned into a nightmare. After skiing 200 miles along California's 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, she vows to realize her greatest dreams if she lives until morning. Her escape from the Sierra Nevada Mountains turns into a five-day ordeal for survival. Jean's recovery is equally daunting. Her journey spans three decades and takes her from the depths of despair and chronic pain to the heights of the Himalayas and on travels around the world. When the specter of Mount Whitney continues to shatter her life, Jean befriends Tibetan lamas. Their ancient wisdom guides her on a path beyond her wildest dreams.

Now available in


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Paperback $16.95), 

eBook ($5.99) 


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My Colorado childhood gave me an insatiable appetite for mountain adventures. I love to explore wild places under the power of my own two feet, and to feel the connection between my heart and soul and the natural world. Traveling throughout Asia broadened my perspective about myself, humanity and the planet we share. Before I became an author, I was a park ranger with the National Park Service for over three decades, led trekking tours in Nepal and Thailand, and worked in Bhutan with the World Wildlife Fund. To balance my outer and inner worlds, I spend two months a year in solitary retreat. 

Jean Muenchrath


VajraSky Books blossomed out of a personal catastrophe. I wrote

If I Live Until Morning to heal myself. Then I realized that my story could inspire others to live their dreams and to find the courage and strength to deal with their greatest challenges. I attribute my survival and recovery to the power of the mind. In the spirit of supporting others to discover their mind’s potential, I am donating 100% of my profits from book sales to the non-profit Drikung Kagyu Buddhist organization. Donated monies will be used for Tibetan lamas to teach meditation techniques in the West, to translate ancient Buddhist texts that elaborate on the nature of mind, to educate Buddhist nuns in Ladakh, India and to provide relief for suffering Ukrainians

VajraSky Books


Best Selling Books


Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest 2018

Travel: Guides & Essays Category

Bio & Business



Jean Muenchrath
VajraSky Books
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2018 Created by Jean Muenchrath

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