A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, by Jennifer Woodlief

By Jennifer Woodlief

At the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six touring mountain climbers ascended the height of the Grand Teton in Jackson gap, Wyoming. Rain and colliding air currents blew in, and shortly a big electric cost started to construct. because the team started to retreat from its situation, a giant lightning bolt struck and pounded in the course of the physique of each climber. one of many six died immediately, one lay seriously injured subsequent to her physique, and 4 dangled perilously into the chasm lower than. In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the tale of the climb, the arriving of the hurricane, and the remarkable rescue through the Jenny Lake Rangers, essentially the most skilled mountain climbing search-and-rescue groups within the state.

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Splendide gemme, rosso oro, uomini, armi, cavalli, vestiti, prenditene dalla mia mano tanti che tu parta contento e possa conservare la tua liberalità. Così alto è il tuo valore ' di cavaliere che se anche tu fossi nato a Gylstram, o venuto qui da Ranculat (1), ti terrei altrettanto caro. Ma tu sei, fuor di dub­ bio, mio fratello». « E Sire, voi, da uomo bènnato quale siete, siete mosso a lodarmi. allora manifestatemi la vostra benevolenza. Se voi e la madre mia volete dividere con me i vostri beni mobili, allora salirà, non certo scemed, la mia fortuna.

Ella, con la sua stessa mano, gli prese la briglia - il burgravio dovette lasciargliela - e gli sciolse il laccio della visiera. Anche i valletti di Gahmuret non tralasciarono di seguire da vicino il · loro signore. Si vide l'accorta regina condurre attraverso la città il suo ospite, che aveva conquistato la palma del combat­ timento. Quando le parve tempo, smontò di cavallo. « Oh, voi scudieri, quanto siete fedeli ! Temete di perdere il vostro signore ? Anche senza di voi egli verrà curato conveniente­ mente.

Domandò l'ardito uomo. Il vincitore rispose subito : « Sono Gahmuret, l'Angioino » . Quegli allora : « Ti sia data la mia sicurtà » ( 1 ). Egli la ricevette e io rimandò dentro la città. Molto ne lo loda­ rono le dame che lo avevano visto. Ed ecco, da quella parte, giungere in corsa Gaschier di N or­ mandia, il fiero guerriero pieno d'ardimento,' il forte campione. Allora - bello a vedersi . si fermò anche Gahmuret pronto a un'altra tenzone : teneva una lancia, larga nella punta d'acciaio, dal legno robusto.

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