Trail of the lost : the relentless search to bring home the missing hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail / Andrea Lankford.
- ISBN: 9780306831959
- ISBN: 0306831953
- Physical Description: xviii, 327 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2023.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-327).
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Author's note -- Maps -- Introduction -- Part one: Points last seen. An antidote to the ills of civilization -- Without compass : the case of Chris Sylvia -- The things they carry -- Border fever : the case of Kris Fowler -- Lucky Dave : the case of David O'Sullivan -- Dots on a map -- Part two: Search and investigate. Welcome to the club -- The man in Brazil -- The volunteer -- Hiker box -- Search planning -- Exposed -- By land and by screen -- Part three: Fact and theory. Predator -- Cult farmers -- Weird science -- Fracture -- Blue eyes at the yellow deli -- Signs -- Fire -- The king of trail trolls -- Part four: Witness and clue. Greenwater -- Voluntary -- Unis testis -- Smoke and feathers -- Magical thinking -- The bone finders -- From the mud -- Accept, learn, let go -- Afterword.
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- Baker & Taylor
"From an award-winning former law enforcement park ranger and investigator, this female-driven true crime adventure follows the author's quest to find missing hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail by pairing up with an eclectic group of unlikely allies"--
- Baker & Taylor
When three young men vanish from the Pacific Crest Trail, a former park ranger launches an investigation with an eclectic team of amateurs who are determined to solve cases by land and by screen and find their hardships bearing strange fruitsâones that lead them to places and people they never saw coming.
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From an award-winning former law enforcement park ranger and investigator, this female-driven true crime adventure follows the authorâs quest to find missing hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail by pairing up with an eclectic group of unlikely allies.
As a park ranger with the National Park Service's law enforcement team, Andrea Lankford led search and rescue missions in some of the most beautiful (and dangerous) landscapes across America, fromÂ Yosemite to the Grand Canyon. But though she had the support of the agency, Andrea grew frustrated with the service's bureaucratic idiosyncrasies, and left the force after twelve years. Two decades later, however, she stumbles across a mystery that pulls her right back where she left off: three young men have vanished from the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,650-mile trek made famous by Cheryl Strayed's Wild, and no one has been able to find them. Itâs bugging the hell out of her.
Andreaâs concern soon leads her to a wild environment unlike any sheâs ever encountered: missing person Facebook groups. Andrea launches an investigation, joining forces with an eclectic team of amateurs who are determined to solve the cases by land and by screen: a mother of the missing, a retired pharmacy manager, and a mapmaker who monitors terrorist activity for the government. Together, they track the activities of kidnappers and murderers, investigate a cult, rescue a psychic in peril, cross paths with an unconventional scientist, and reunite an international fugitive with his family. Searching for the missing is a brutal psychological and physical test with the highest stakes, but eventually their hardships begin to bear strange fruitsâones that lead them to places and people they never saw coming.
Beautifully written, heartfelt, and at times harrowing,Â TRAIL OF THE LOSTÂ paints a vivid picture of hiker culture and its complicated relationship with the ever-expanding online realm, all while exploring the power and limits of determination, generosity, and hope. It also offers a deep awe of the natural world, even as it unearths just how vast and treacherous it can be.Â
On theÂ TRAIL OF THE LOST, you may not find what you are looking for, but you will certainly find more than you seek.