Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

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For twelve years Andrea Lankford lived in some- of the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working as a ranger-a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes.

Hell yeah, it was the best job in the ...

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Overview

For twelve years Andrea Lankford lived in some- of the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working as a ranger-a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes.

Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

In this candid and wryly humorous account of her and others' extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the inside story of the nation's crown jewels-including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762752638
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 232,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Lankford is a former national park ranger and the author of three books, including Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America’s National Parks, which was featured in USA Today, chosen by People as a 2006 Travel Pick, and described by Newsday as “spell-binding.” Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Arizona Highways, and Backpacker.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vi

1 This Is Your Brain on the Grand Canyon 1

2 Plover Patrol 7

3 Faint at Heart 16

4 As Yosemite Falls 23

5 Our First Summers in the Sierra 31

6 Dead Bear Walking 42

7 The Ranger Olympics 49

8 A Girl in Boys Town 58

9 The Partner 68

10 The Tell-Tale Backpack 74

11 Mary, the Split-Tail Clerk-Typist 79

Gateway to the Underworld 91

13 Scorpion Karma 94

14 Predator-Prey Relationships 103

15 Cruel World 113

16 Crash 119

17 A Cold Wet One 125

18 Dry Heat 136

19 The Devil's Corkscrew 146

20 Friday the Thirteenth 150

21 The Gut of Darkness 154

22 Thunder and Lightning 157

23 Pine Pigs 165

24 Dangerous Types 170

25 Thanksgiving Ledge 180

26 Stuck in the Fee Booth 191

27 What's So Wonderful about Wonder Lake? 197

28 Separation Canyon 204

29 Place of Emergence 212

30 On the Mountain 217

31 The Ranger's Burden 226

32 The Last Call 233

Epilogue 235

Acknowledgments 239

Index 241

About the Author 246

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    Try the Library

    This book was okay. I wish I could give it two and a half stars. I was expecting more humor. I don't regret reading it, but I certainly won't re-read it.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    Retired Park Ranger/Writer's Perspective

    Even though I spent more than 32 years as a National Park Ranger and lived many experiences similar to those depicted in Ranger Confidential, I found the book exciting and riveting. Andrea Lankford is a gifted writer and story teller who passes on experiences she lived first hand in some of our most popular and risk filled parks. The risks portrayed in this book are taken by park visitors and result in the danger and stress placed on park rangers attempting to protect them from the park, themselves, and other human predators.
    I remember hearing of many of the adventures in this book in National Park Service Morning Reports and at ranger training courses and meetings. Ms. Lankford relates the inside back-story of these incidents in an accurate and colorful way. I found the book hard to put down.
    The book honestly reflects the emotional and physical consequences of being a National Park Ranger. Although I was not there hanging off Half Dome or the edge of the Grand Canyon with these rangers, this book stirred many of the same emotions, frustrations, and challenges I faced in my career.
    I highly recommend Park Ranger Confidential to anyone interested in our National Parks or what it takes to be a National Park Ranger in a major park today.
    Bruce W. Bytnar, Author of A Park Ranger's Life: Thirty Two Years Protecting Our National Parks

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