Conversation of the Valley: ‘Real Mountains – A Grief Journey’ with Author Dan Seftick

The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. The normal course of life has been altered. Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. The future now bears little resemblance to the visions of past dreams. To call the road ahead devastating is an understatement.

St. Croix Valley Foundation

In his new book Real Mountains, Dan Seftick shares the story of this tragic accident and memories of his son Greg. Dan is the guest speaker at Conversations of the Valley on March 15 at the Lowell Inn. (Photo courtesy of St. Croix Valley Foundation)

On the night of April 16, 2011, Dan Seftick’s 31 year old son Greg died with his friend in an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park. Despite taking all proper precautions, following requirements for a backcountry activity, and the best efforts of highly skilled search and rescue personnel, the search for these two experienced mountaineers took seven days. In his new book Real Mountains, Dan shares the story of this tragic accident and memories of his son Greg.

About the author: Born, raised, and educated in Detroit, Michigan, Seftick wasn’t meant for big city life. His move to Afton set the stage for his sons’ interest in even more remote settings and activities. Greg’s death in Grand Teton National Park solidified Dan’s enthusiasm for the mountains and points west, where he feels closest to Greg. Dan continues to enjoy mountain hikes, gardening, reading, writing, and a variety of volunteer work. He is a retired engineer. Real Mountains is his first published work.


Conversations of the Valley Details

  • When: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 15
  • Where: (NEW LOCATION!) The Lowell Inn Event Center, 102 N. Second St.
  • Cost: Lunch and program costs $17 and must be paid in advance to guarantee your reservation. (Any payments received on the day of the event will be charged $20 a ticket, if seats available.)

To make a reservation (due in SCVF office by noon prior to the day of luncheon) mail a check to: SCVF, 516 Second St. #214, Hudson, Wis. 54016, or make your reservation online using PayPal.

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