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 Post subject: Book: The Last Season
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:10 am 
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Anyone pick this book up?

I grabbed it last night, read the first 100 pages. I'm enjoying it.
It's about a backcountry park ranger who disappeared after 28 season on duty. Part wilderness book, a little detective book...all Sierras.

anyone recommend more stuff along the lines of this?


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Not to post the obvious but John Muir's books are absolutely amazing. No detective part but the amatuer science is really easy to read and very interesting--at least to me. Writing about white man's (his) discover that the Sierra really did have glaciers, scary storms, wildlife encounters, etc. Not too Sierra Clubby either. A few racist, anti-Indian comments which show the sign of the times I guess.

I've seen that book around and have planned on getting it. I think I will now.


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I can't read. ;)


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bcrider wrote:
I can't read. ;)


how ya know what this post is about then? :lol:


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Good Detective work MT, looks like your learning as you read. And I plan to buy that one this weekend. Unless you want to leave your copy on top of some peak and I can pick it up.


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Is that the ranger that was out in kings canyon or sequoia?

I read most of an interesting magazine article about a seasoned veteran who disappeared from that area.

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mmcpheet wrote:
Is that the ranger that was out in kings canyon or sequoia?

I read most of an interesting magazine article about a seasoned veteran who disappeared from that area.


yeah, in backpacker right?

He was based out of Bench Lake, just over Taboose Pass (from Independence). I read it also but I found out about the book a month ago and wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it. It's good. It was 20% off and I think the author was just book signing in Bishop recently too.

It's a true story, he went missing in 1996. He was "the guy" the NPS called to locate other people so the speculation is that he may have commited suicide or foul play of some sort.


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In search of Captain Zero-must read surf adventure, soon to be a movie, also Goran Kropps book forget title, about riding his bike with all his gear from Switzerland to Everest and then climbing it.


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Cool, I'll be checking out some of those Utah. Thanks.

Finished this "TLS" Sunday night. Overall good read.


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Hey Leavitt crew, funny none of us mentioned the book while crossing that snow bridge.

I finished it a few days ago. Overall a good read. I recommend it to people that like the mountians, like splitboarders. Others might like it as well but some might just pass the dude off as a kook and not really understand what's making him tick.


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UTAH wrote:
also Goran Kropps book forget title, about riding his bike with all his gear from Switzerland to Everest and then climbing it.

Ooh, I'm going to have to check that one out. There was also a movie documentary about that adventure (I think he was from Sweden though) that was shown at the Banff film festival a few years ago. Very inspiring. He was within I think a few hundred feet of the summit one day, and decided to turn back due to bad weather. How difficult it must have been to make that decision when so close to the goal, after everything leading up to that, but also shows the kind of mountaineer he was. I believe the next day was when those other folks didn't make the right decision, and some of them died. This was the event described in "Into Thin Air". Kropp helped rescue some of those folks. Then on the next good weather day, he summited. Then rode his bike back to Sweden. Solo! Amazing.


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Yep, Cool book. just finished it on our Hawaii trip. Now need to go to Seq & Kings to retrace the steps !


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thanks for tipping this ecob, stole my buddy's copy and read through it right quick. one of my favorite areas in the high sierra, pretty creepy reading it knowing how close i'd been to that spot...

and it was lodged in my head squarely out solo hiking to Granite Dome this weekend, hiking on snow by frozen lakes, lots of running water :?

good guy, it's a loss for the wilderness when some one like that passes :( but the attention he brings to preservation and complete protection of the wild is the silver lining

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