The Last Season (Paperback)

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Sometimes a book takes on
a life of its own, propelling the reader along like a swift stream,
unable to stop or get out of the current. The Last Season by
Eric Blehm is just such a book. It is about the life (and death) of
Randy Morgenson, a much-loved back country ranger for the National Park
Service in the High Sierras of Southern California. Even if this story
was only about Morgenson's legendary knowledge of this territory, or of
his fascinating childhood, or his friendships with Ansel Adams and
Wallace Stegner, this would still be a compelling read. But, add to that
the fact that in 1996, at the age of 54, after 30 seasons in the High
Sierras, Morgenson, while on duty mysteriously disappears. Not until
five years later, after search and rescue by hundreds of people, is his
body found. The final pages poignantly memorialize his life and leave
the reader wondering why and how his death may have occurred.

— Karen L.

Sometimes a book takes on a life of its own, propelling the reader along like a swift stream, unable to stop or get out of the current. The Last Season by Eric Blehm is just such a book. It is about the life (and death) of Randy Morgenson, a much-loved back country ranger for the National Park Service in the High Sierras of Southern California. Even if this story was only about Morgenson's legendary knowledge of this territory, or of his fascinating childhood, or his friendships with Ansel Adams and Wallace Stegner, this would still be a compelling read. But, add to that the fact that in 1996, at the age of 54, after 30 seasons in the High Sierras, Morgenson, while on duty mysteriously disappears. Not until five years later, after search and rescue by hundreds of people, is his body found. The final pages poignantly memorialize his life and leave the reader wondering why and how his death may have occurred.

— From Karen L

Description


Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada—mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

About the Author


Eric Blehm is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. His first book, The Last Season, was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and was named by Outside magazine as one of the "greatest adventure biographies ever written." He has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve.

Praise For…


“A legendary tale of wilderness devotion.”
— Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“A first-rate detective story but an even better love story—an account of the love for wild places.”
— Bill McKibben, author The End of Nature

“A gripping account. . . . I couldn’t put it down.”
— Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Nature Noir

“A deeply layered, meticulously researched, greatly entertaining read.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060583019
ISBN-10: 0060583010
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 30th, 2007
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: P.S.
 

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