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.