Stuff in the ‘Christopher Van Tilburg’ Category

30 August, 2017

SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Wilderness Doctor’s Life-and-Death Tales of Risk and Reward, Christopher Van Tilburg, MD

SEARCH AND RESCUE: A Wilderness Doctor’s Life-and-Death Tales of Risk and Reward (Falcon Guides/September 2017) is a thrilling collection of first-hand accounts of search and rescue operations from Oregon’s legendary Mount Hood and other exotic locations around the world, by wilderness physician Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg. The exciting tales offer a fascinating inside look at how SAR teams operate, as well as the importance of taking risks and how to mitigate outdoor accidents.

SEARCH AND RESCUE combines hard science and a gripping narrative to analyze the relationship between risk and reward in the mountains, and in daily life. Author and mountain rescue doctor Van Tilburg’s tragic, sudden, life-altering accident on Oregon’s Mount Hood, where he has saved countless lives himself, provides the springboard for a deep, complex story on how risk is essential to success, personal fulfillment, and wellness in our lives. But it is also a cautionary tale, from a mountain rescue doctor’s perspective, on how to mitigate risk and maximize safety to avoid dire consequences.

Christopher Van Tilburg, MD is an emergency physician, journalist and author.

29 March, 2014

Weather watching on Mt. Hood, one of America’s most dangerous mountains

Christopher Van Tilburg,M.D.,  author of MOUNTAIN RESCUE DOCTOR and THE ADRENALINE JUNKIE BUCKET LIST, is no stranger to danger.  In fact, you could say he courts it.  Dr. Van Tilburg is a member of the oldest search and rescue team in the nation, The Crag Rats, all volunteers.  Here’s a recent clip of Chris on The Weather Channel.  The images of Mt. Hood are stunning, but also belie the treach51kbKq4Wx0L._AA160_erous nature of the weather systems on the mountain.

I know I’d feel better knowing that Chris and the remarkable Crag Rats are at the ready whatever the circumstances.

–Joelle Delbourgo

25 March, 2010

Van Tilburg


Author, mountain rescue doctor, global adventurer: there’s no shortage of adrenaline in Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg’s days. His life list just released, Adrenaline Junkie’s Bucket List: 100 Extreme Outdoor Adventures to do Before You Die (St. Martins, 2013) details action-packed journeys around the world. From surfing the Fiji, ascending Kilimanjaro, and back-51kbKq4Wx0L._AA160_country skiing Iceland, the tour of the best adventures of a lift time may have you quitting your job, selling your house, and setting out for a life of fun.  Fully illustrated with dramatic color photos, this is the perfect gift book for outdoor enthusiasts and armchair adventurers.

Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature (St. Martins, 2007), was shortlisted for both Oregon Book Awards and Banff Mountain Book Awards and received accolades from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. The book recounts harrowing and heartwarming stories from his years with Crag Rats, the oldest mountain rescue unit in the nation.

Mountain Rescue Doctor

 Dr. Van Tilburg has a day job. He is a physician specializing in wilderness, travel, occupational and emergency medicine. In addition to working as a practicing physician, his posts include Communications Editor for International Society of Travel Medicine, Editor Emeritus for Wilderness Medicine, member of Mountain Rescue Association Medical Committee, and staff physician at Mountain Emergency Services on Mount Hood.

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