BOOK SUMMARYPanic Rising
is the collection of 20 true accounts of outdoor adventure gone awry in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. Nunn's factual approach is stated clearly in the introduction: "If you have ever been through a survival situation, it is all too easy to sum up someone else's desperate crisis as the result of pure stupidity. This is far from the truth. It can happen to anyone. Those who are comfortable in their chosen outdoor pursuit may be the most susceptible. The difference between lost and found, between danger and safety, is a thin line that everyone walks sooner or later. Once crossed it is hard to get back, often easier to keep moving forward, and always too late when the seriousness of the situation becomes apparent." Nunn portrays each incident from this viewpoint.
And perhaps unique to this book is the number of times coincidence and/or sheer luck played a major role in saving lives. Nunn points this out in an understated way as well as the role seemingly insignificant choices make in the survivor's eventual outcome.
The incidents included range from backpacking, skiing, whitewater rafting, tobogganing, snowmobiling and a few other assorted outdoor adventures. A few of the accounts might sound familiar since they have been popularized in TV shows such as "I Shouldn't Be Alive" in the last few years.
silversummit - Jun 9, 2009 11:10 pm - Voted 5/5Excellent read!
But for anyone who hikes or camps or goes out into the snow you can also learn something from this book. It might only be that your emergency kit in your day pack isn't as complete as it should be or maybe you need to remember to stick to your original trip plans instead of changing direction on a whim. If nothing else this book will give you vivid pictures of what not to do.
I found the backpacking incidents especially engrossing since they hit home. While I probably wouldn't have made the same decisions as the people involved I could understand in some way why they had chosen to go astray, little by little.
This is also a quick read with good drawings to illustrate the locales so you can pick it up to pass time on a plane or car ride. You won't regret it!