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The Last Season by Eric Blehm
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The Last Season by Eric Blehm

The Last Season by Eric Blehm

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: The Last Season by Eric Blehm

Manufacturer: Harper Collins

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Page By: tarol

Created/Edited: Jan 29, 2007 / Jan 29, 2007

Object ID: 2360

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Product Description

This book tells the true story of a seasoned backcountry ranger, Randy Morgenson, who patrolled some of the most remote and beautiful areas of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks for many years but one day went missing. The book tells the history of how Randy became a ranger, it gives us insight into his fascinating daily life in the backcountry, and of course gives us the details in the extensive search and rescue operation that was conducted.

This book is available in hardback, and soon, paperback. Here is the info for the hardcover edition.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 4, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060583002
ISBN-13: 978-0060583002

Recommended bookstore to purchase from: The Sequoia Natural History Association



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tarolGreat book

Voted 5/5

I couldn't put it down once I started it! It was very suspenseful, especially towards the end... this is even after I knew most of the story from having worked at SEKI for a couple of seasons.

I also liked the fact that Eric included excerpts from Randy's personal writings and journals. Randy had a touch of John Muir in him and his writing was very inspirational and beautiful.
Posted Jan 29, 2007 7:04 pm


Voted 5/5

I read this book shortly after it came out and LOVED it. It's very well written and the story just pulls you in and you can't put the book down. I even had the opportunity to meet Eric when he came to speak at the REI Santa Ana store. Plus just this last summer I hiked through the same area where Randy had disappeared, its one of the most beautiful sections of the Sierra and it was very striking to have just read that book and to then be hiking through the same area.
Posted Jan 31, 2007 6:10 pm

KirtDavisNice Read

Voted 5/5

Saw this in Backpacker Magazine, and went out and bought it. What a great read!
Posted Feb 20, 2007 4:42 pm

stevepackGreat book

Hasn't voted

I read the "teaser" in Backpacker and then bought the book. I may read it again this summmer.
Posted May 5, 2007 11:53 am

silversummitJust finished this book

Voted 3/5

Reading this book is like reading an autopsy of sorts; an autopsy of Randy Morgenson's life. While I didn't find this book exactly boring it had me thinking that certain parts were being stretched out to make the book longer.

I did enjoy the descriptions of Randy's hikes in the backcountry and excerpts from his ranger logs and diaries. He was an eloquent writer and thinker and obviously a troubled person. Blehm will have you ready to drop everything and hike to the places you read about and see the beautiful isolated valleys and meadows Randy loved so much.

The section about his life growing up in Yosemite was fascinating and I found myself thinking that this was so way beyond average, how could anybody do better than this? than his parents?

But that wasn't the root of his problems and I really hated reading about how others noticed his angst and didn't push harder to get him help.

A disturbing book but not because he disappeared without being found but because of the way it was written and how those around him attributed his problems to his personality etc. without helping him.
Posted Feb 17, 2009 7:04 pm

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