Lisa Baile grew up on a farm in England with her parents and 4 older brothers. After completing nursing training in 1964 she headed for Montreal, Canada, saying, "I'll be back in two weeks if I don't like it." In 1976 Lisa obtained a master's degree in Experimental Medicine from McGill University. She moved to Vancouver in 1977 and continued her research career at the University of British Columbia. It was in BC that Lisa discovered the Coast Mountains; she is a long-time member of the BC Mountaineering Club and the Alpine Club of Canada. Lisa balanced her career in medical research with family life, mountaineering and backcountry skiing. In her spare time, she built a log house on Pender Island, with help from her husband Peter. More recently she has created a burgeoning garden, taken up ocean kayaking and woodworking—oh yes, and writing! As a close friend of John Clarke, Lisa was privileged to do several mountaineering trips with him. She and John co-founded the school-based Wilderness Education Program in 1996, which continues today. Lisa has published extensively in the medical literature but this is her first book.