Strangers In The Storm

Jared Rund and Diane McKenney were strangers when they set out to climb Mount Rainier, but they had one thing in common: they weren’t going to let anything stop them from reaching the mountain’s imposing 14,411 foot summit, one of the tallest and most challenging peaks in the United States. But when a sudden storm swallowed the mountain and hid their trail, their weekend hike turned into the adventure of a lifetime—and they would need each other if they were going to find their way home.

“Jared and Diane tell a gripping story of adventure that becomes the most harrowing setting for a truly horrific first date. Few stories have an ending as good as this one.”


2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year & Founder of Adventure Not War

Love & Survival on Mount Rainier

“The question he couldn’t get out of his mind, though, was this: How much water do you need to survive? More than they had.”

Two complete strangers become lost in a blizzard on one of the deadliest mountains in the United States. Through each new challenge the mountain throws at them, death becomes an increasingly real threat. They have to rely on one another for a chance at survival, creating an everlasting bond that ultimately leads them to love, marriage, and an adventure-filled life together. Join Jared and Diane through their gripping journey to survive Mount Rainier. A must-read for adventure enthusiasts, mountain climbers, and anyone who enjoys a good love story.

About the Authors

Diane McKenney is an orthopedic physical therapist, long distance runner, mountaineer, and lifelong adventurer. When she is not on a trail, she can be found helping veterans and athletes recover from their injuries and climb their “mountains.”

Jared Rund served for eight years in the Air Force as an active-duty logistics officer, and was twice deployed to Afghanistan. He looks forward to every new adventure that he has the opportunity to experience. Jared currently runs a real estate investment company in Park City, Utah, and he loves to mountain bike, ski, and climb.

“Love forged through adventure. An unyielding mountain, a near-death experience… Jared and Diane’s story is a beautiful account of survival and love in the most interesting of places.”


2016 U.S. Track and Field Olympian & Outdoor Enthusiast


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