Jean Muenchrath

Amazon Best-selling Author

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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"


A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation

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Full-length documentary film can only be viewed at this time

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

Photo credit: Hart Van Denburg, Colorado Public Radio
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Backpacker Radio Podcast Interview #68

Jean Muenchrath on her Near Death Experience in the High Sierra

Tough Girl Podcast
Hiking, Skiing and Exploring Wild Places
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Colorado Public Radio Interview:
How This Park Ranger
Survived Being Injured and Trapped
in a Blizzard on Mount Whitney
The Matt Brown Show
How to Survive Anything with Jean Muenchrath 
Luxury Travel Magazine
Virtual Author Interview
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The Sharp End Podcast
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BYU Radio Constant Wonder
If I Live Until Morning—Skiing Survival 




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. 

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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 to teach meditation techniques in the West, to translate ancient Buddhist texts that elaborate on the nature of mind and to educate Buddhist nuns in Ladakh, India.

VajraSky Books


Best Selling Books


Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest 2018

Travel: Guides & Essays Category

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Jean Muenchrath
VajraSky Books
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