#50725 - 05/18/0610:49 AMRe: "The Last Season" - anyone read this yet?
It is absolutely a must read for anyone who is a creature of the outdoors, especially the Sierras. The vivid imagery from the descriptions of the Sierras, especially in his childhood while rubbing elbows with Ansel Adams, makes anyone who loves the mountains immediately bolt out the door to go hiking. The book is also great at creating mystery behind Randy's disappearance (did he have an accident? did he take his own life? did he ditch the high country to start a new life?). It is especially great for people who frequent the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. I can picture exactly where his ranger station was (Bench Lake) and other sights he patroled. I read it in 3 days, due to its addictive nature!
Having met a couple of backcountry rangers, I have to say they are some of the happiest people I've ever met. They possess a perpetual excitement and caring about the lands we have entrusted them to protect.
#50727 - 10/28/0606:23 PMRe: "The Last Season" - anyone read this yet?
I realize this post started a while ago, but I'm new to the forum so wanted to toss in a comment about "The Last Season." Absolutely a great book that can be enjoyed on several levels. It provides some excellent insights in the lives of backcountry rangers in the High Sierra, is a well-written mystery/adventure story and is just downright great writing. Eric Blehm spend years in detailed research on this true story and his love of the outdoors comes through in the book.
Loc: San Francisco, CA
I'm just about to finish this book and I'm very much enjoying it. It's been many late nights as I read "Just one more page...". It's great insight into not only the individual and his family, but the NPS Backcountry Rangers, SAR Operations and Area History. It take place in an area I'll be walking through this summer, the John Muir Trail.
Just got it from the library and had to read it all today. A well-written book that combines a sympathetic portrait of Morgenson and his life with the suspense in finding out what exactly happened to him. A sad read but a good one.
Loc: Northern California
This was a great read. I live in Northern California and have not had the time to make it to this area yet. It makes you think how lucky he was in his childhood to be growing up in such a beautiful place like Yosemite.