Lost in the Wild:
Danger and Survival in the North Woods
Cary J. Griffith
True survival odysseys of two wilderness trekkers who entered
the woods in search of tranquility but found something else
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.
Cary J. Griffith is a freelance writer who specializes in
writing about the outdoors.
Available March, 2006
Cloth, 288 pages, 5˝ x 8, 20 b&w photos, 2 maps
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