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Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
This book, the story, the way it was told, has stayed with me for a month now. I didn't want it to be over, so I reread portions, have talked with my husband endlessly about it. Hated to finish it and hand it over to him to read. Eric clearly relates to the high country in the way that Randy did, in order to portray him that way. That's what drew me in so quickly and so thoroughly, because that's what the high country does to me. That's how I feel, that's how I sense it, that's how much it is a part of me. I'm no backcountry ranger, and as I age I'm not getting there as much or as far as I'd like, so there is this longing always there. It was so fulfilling to read about Randy's love of the Sierra. (My backcountry is not the Sierra but equally loved). It was haunting the way Randy disappeared and wasn't found for so long. And that was fitting, too. I was grateful for Alden Nash's final theory on what happened to Randy. That made the most sense. This book was absolutely beautiful, bittersweet and heart wrenching. Thank you Backpacker Magazine for the recent list of 10 classics to read. This is one of my all time favorites. Thank you Eric Blehm!