Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods

Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods

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by Cary Griffith
     
 

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In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death. On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage--and did not return. More than four hours later…  See more details below

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In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death. On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage--and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened with a lump on his head from a fall and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused. Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest's solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day. After a two-day trek into a remote area of the woods, he stepped away from his campsite and made a series of seemingly trivial mistakes that left him separated from his supplies, wet, and lost, as cold darkness fell. Enduring days without food or shelter, these men faced the full harsh force of wilderness, the place that they had sought out for tranquil refuge from city life. Lost in the Wild takes readers with them as they enter realms of pain, fear, and courage, as they suffer dizzying confusion and unending frustration, and as they overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles in a race to survive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873516822
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
427,935
File size:
944 KB

Meet the Author

Cary J. Griffith is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about the outdoors.

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Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and think it will become a classic for BWCA fans and a must read for anyone considering solo hiking in the north woods. It reads very well and is also very educational on the mistakes to try to avoid and on survival realities. Does a good job on describing how the search and rescue teams work both at BWCA and Quetico. Excellent at putting you in the shoes and minds of the two lost individuals that it documents. I am going to keep my copy next to my copy of 'Canoeing with the Cree'.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The author did a great job of telling both stories at the same time and keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. You won't be able to put the book down once you start reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone serious about backpacking. I have been lost quite a few times myself in the wilderness and have never found a book that conveys the experience as well as this one. Cary Griffith does great tribute to the reality that is being lost in the wild!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may appeal more to Northwoods adventurers, and may lack some drama, but it's an accurate and direct account of what can go wrong very quickly in the wilderness. There are no excuses offered for the mistakes made that got these two gentlemen lost, and no over dramatization of how they survived and 'got found'. Two very average guys who felt in control of their situation and environment until suddenly they were out of control. A good book for any camper or hiker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done. This could happen to you. It shows how dumb we can be sometimes.