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

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

by Andrea Lankford

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762752638
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 149,529
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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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Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
bwbytnar More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved the variety of stories . Gives an honest glimps into the lfe of a ranger without glorifying it or exageration.
NatureGeek on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book was interesting to me because I have been a National Park Ranger in Yosemite, and have friends at Grand Canyon, and have known, loved and visited the locales in the book... but Lankford's writing is not good. She includes "juicy" details, but in the dry, blunt style of a report. Still, a good eye-opener into the tough job of being a law enforcement ranger in a large national park.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the stories are true, the first few stories peak interest but midway through it gets boring as it appears to be similar stories. I couldn't finish after the first several chapters.
El_Boh More than 1 year ago
Great read. Needs to be turned into a TV series (are you listening Netflix?). Found myself looking up all the landmarks she mentioned just so it would take longer to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!...I could not book this book down!! This book has everything adventure, romance, humor, and a couple of brought tears to my eyes....
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘Ranger Confidential’ is an uncensored look at those who protect America’s National Parks.  Well written and poignant, the book is a must read for those who are thinking about working in the national parks, and those starting to learn about the outdoors.  However if you’re looking for something that makes you want to grab your back and head out to the trail look somewhere else.  Reading the article about this book in ‘Backpacker’ magazine I knew parts were going to be sad and gory but I figured that they would be interspersed with sun antidotes about pranks or fun times in the back country, but I was wrong.  While there are some (very few) times where the beauty of the parks shows through, or something goes write, if you were to believe this book the life of a ranger really sucks.   The book  seems to say that they pretty much go from one search and rescue to another while getting paid like crap, and after a while it makes the author seem to be a bit whiny. 
psychedforreading More than 1 year ago
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.