Once you pick the book up you won't want to put it down. My husband isn't much of a reader but we went camping in the eastern Sierra last summer and he had the book in his hand the whole time we sat in camp. We couldn't pack up the last day until he finished it!
Amazing read. Depicts a NPS Ranger with a vivid hero like quality, makes me wish I had met him. =)
This is the story of the life of a back country ranger in California's high sierras. The joys and anguishes and his dedication to his biggest love, the outback, the pristine meadows. Dangerous, low paying and often thankless job. His love for the country he patroled was described in beautiful prose, from every individual flower to the birds, and his fight to keep the outside world from destroying it. He became acquainted with John Muir, Wallace Stegner and Ansel Adams. And then he went missing and one of the largest Search and Rescue missions was launched, never to find him. It's also a great detective story and a love story.
This book was a little too detailed for me and I got bogged down - especially in the parts that dealt with Morgenson's mental state at the time of his death. However, my husband, who is much more of an outdoorsman, thorougly appreciated this book. It is certainly well researched. I did like the descriptions of the Sierra Wilderness and the sentiments expressed about the value of wild places.
A really thrilling true adventure.
Reads like a novel -- but the true story of a missing seasonal National Park Ranger, his life, and some insider notes on the National Park Service itself.
Interesting, thought-provoking book.
Very well done book, really lets you get to know the people involved. Sad, of course, but beautiful in its way.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It told a lot about how search and rescue teams work to find missing people in the wilderness. It also also gave insight as to what it was like being a back country seasonal ranger for the National Park Service in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was suspenseful and told a touching story of a man who loved the outdoors.
Very well researched and tastefully told, it was neat to both learn about the life of a backcountry ranger as well as to understand how a search-and-rescue works. At times the detail was a bit tedious, but I could appreciate the author's plight at deciding what to respectfully include and what to leave out. I found it to be an enjoyable read.