The Last Season (Paperback)
Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada—mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.
About the Author
Eric Blehm is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. His first book, The Last Season, was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and was named by Outside magazine as one of the "greatest adventure biographies ever written." He has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve.
"As Jon Krakauer did with Into the Wild, Blehm turns a missing-man riddle into an insightful meditation on wilderness and the personal demons and angels that propel us into it alone.” — Outside magazine
“Blehm recounts the search for Morgenson with a thriller’s pacing. . . . A potent testament to the enduring power and allure of wild spaces. — Men's Journal
“Part detective story, part sensitive biography and part Park Service procedural, Blehm’s book probes the mystery of Morgenson’s disappearance. . . . Blehm blends his love of the mountains (he was a competitive snowboarder and winter sports writer for years) with serious journalism skills to produce a deeply layered, meticulously researched, greatly entertaining read.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Just try to put down The Last Season, Eric Blehm’s gripping detective story about the disappearance of Sierra super-ranger Randy Morgenson. We couldn’t.” — Backpacker
"Blehm, a snowboarder and journalist, deftly interweaves the story of Morgenson’s lifelong devotion to wilderness with a riveting account of the hunt for him." — National Geographic Adventure Magazine
“Some considered Morganson the Park Service’s best backcountry ranger, and when he went missing while on patrol in the summer of 1996, his friends were at first astonished, then suspicious. . . . Blehm ably evokes the world of seasonal backcountry rangers, whom the Park Service slights even as they put in long days protecting the land they manage and coming to the aid of backpackers in trouble.” — Washington Post Book World
“[A] compelling picture . . . of the pristine backcountry and the lonely, bittersweet lives of those charged with protecting it. . . . Well reported , and like the country in which it is set, it glows in serene places.” — Chicago Tribune
“A legendary tale of wilderness devotion.” — Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“A first-rate detective story but an even better love story—an account of the love for wild places.” — Bill McKibben, author The End of Nature
“A gripping account. . . . I couldn’t put it down.” — Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Nature Noir
“A deeply layered, meticulously researched, greatly entertaining read.” — San Francisco Chronicle
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