Lost in the Wild and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $1.57
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods Hardcover – March 15, 2006

94 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$9.80 $9.85

The Printer and the Preacher
Randy Petersen delivers a groundbreaking look at the strange friendship between George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Freelancer Griffith details the travails of two hikers who lost their way for several harrowing days in separate incidents in the Minnesota and Ontario wilderness and emerged alive and relatively unscathed thanks to the efforts of search-and-rescue professionals and volunteers. Hiking alone in a remote area with a changeable climate in October 2001, medical student Jason Rasmussen ran into trouble on the first day when he ventured onto a wrong path and became lost in dense forest. The hapless Rasmussen next lost a crucial map and eventually abandoned his tent, food, and hat and gloves as he tried to recover the trail. By contrast, young Dan Stephens was a savvy canoeist and guide who, in August 1998, on a routine search for his next portage, fell, hit his head and wandered away from the inexperienced group of Chattanooga Boy Scouts he was leading. Griffith writes lucidly throughout, but is more adept with flora than people, whose characterizations are bland. This doesn't have the scope and power of standouts in the adventure genre like Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild and will be best appreciated by Minnesota and Ontario wilderness buffs. Illus. (Mar. 15)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

"Absorbing and suspenseful, Lost in the Wild brings wilderness survival lessons to life."
Suzanne Swedo, author of Wilderness Survival


"[A] riveting narrative of peril in the North Woods. It is not only a cautionary tale, but a resounding testament to the power of the human spirit. Anyone who relishes the wilderness should read this book."
Peter Leschak, author of Ghosts of the Fireground : Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Borealis Books (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873515617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873515610
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Devaney on April 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in the Minneapolis Airport with the thought I would start it on my flight. Once I started reading I immediatly could relate to the plight of the two central characters and those trying to help. This is am amazingly well written book and near impossible to put down. If you have ever wondered what it was like to be lost and looking death in the face this is one book you should not miss. This is a must read for even the casual weekend hiker who ventures into the woods for leisurely strolls.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kjforjen on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in a day -- what makes it so gripping is that the facts of each account are detailed without comment, which lets the reader come to his/her own conclusions. I was frustrated with the boy scouts (they left their guide behind!) and inspired by the team that rescued Rasmussen. While the back and forth between the two stories of survival may work for some, I prefer to read one account straight through, which is easy enough to do, since the chapters are clearly laid out. Highly recommended for fans of other survival books like Into the Wild, Touching the Void, Into Thin Air, and Alive.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I started this book right after a visit to the area where these events took place. I met one of the rescuers and he casually mentioned the book. I bought it based on that comment but I didn't expect the book to be as well-written or as engrossing as it was. I stayed up well past my bedtime the first night and finished it a few days later in one sitting. It's all I could think about during that time. The author did an excellent job of researching the events so that the reader can feel what it was like to be in the wilderness with the lost men and with the rescuers. It's an amazing story and it's very well told. Highly recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on August 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Easy to get Lost in this Gripping Narrative....

You may find this book hard to put down once you delve into it. Two parallel narratives of fairly savvy backcountry trekkers who make some mistakes for which they almost pay with their lives. We so rarely encounter The Wild in our urban and suburban lives. It helps to remember sometimes just how fragile the membrane is that separates survival from death.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By john j longeretta on February 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the theme of this book, but I did not care care for the way the author went between the two stories after each chapter. It reminded me of a soap opera when you view a short segment and then break away to another story line with another set of circumstances. I would have enjoyed reading each of the survival stories from start to finish and then after completing both rescues review the similarities and all that the two have in common.

I would recommend this read to others that have an interest in the outdoors and survival stories in general.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TJ Burr on August 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I looked forward to reading from this book whenever I could. I enjoy wilderness survival stories and found this one to be well-researched and written. I haven't ever been to Northern Minnesota so the book taught me about the wilderness there and delivered a home run on the survival stories. The author did a good job of transitioning back and forth between two survival stories separated in time, but in the same general area. There were about 20 awkward words that caused me to pause and scratch my head as to the meaning . . . simpler words could have been used to make the sentences flow more smoothly. Lost in the Wild is a good book to read for anyone venturing out into the wilderness. There are some good lessons-learned from these characters. It is amazing how quickly you can get lost in the wild. If you like real outdoor adventure stories, you may also consider reading Rocky Mountain Adventure Collection. Cary, thank you for the enjoyable reading.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Co-editors Nancy Gray and Dennis Field on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am an avid reader of true stories of adventure/survival. I found this book by googling the ones I liked to come up with other recommended books. It is a heart-pounding tale (or tales) of survival.

This book contrasts the stories of two young men who become lost while hiking in the wilderness, an inexperienced third year medical student, Jason Rasmussen in October 2001, and an experienced Scout leader, Dan Stephens, in August 1998. The book alternates between both stories and is impossible to put down. If you read my other reviews, you will notice that I say that a lot. But that is because so far, I have been reviewing mostly my favorite, gripping, exciting, fast-paced adventure books. When I'm done those, I will start on the ones I found boring, many of which I also have on my bookshelf.

The writing in this book is excellent as the author recounts the thoughts that went through both men's minds once they realized they were lost, what they did to survive, and the search and rescue operations. I found that their ordeals could easily happen to anyone, even though a poor choice in both cases led to each becoming lost. In Jason's case, he used an old map and didn't check it enough; in Dan's case, he ventured too far out of sight and then compounded his error by performing a risky move to try to get back to his group.

Fascinating book, recommended highly. You too will not be able to put it down.

For other recommended books of this sort, check out all my reviews and listmania list, which is a work in progress.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews