Angels in the Wilderness: The True Story of One Woman's Survival Against All Odds

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Elite Books, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 280 pages
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This book is a first-person account of a disaster on a solo hiking trip. Author Amy Racina was hiking in a remote part of King's Canyon National Park in California's Sierra mountains when she lost the trail. With no warning, she suddenly fell sixty feet, breaking both legs on the rocks below. She survived for four days and nights, battling pain, fear and exhaustion, pulling herself along with her hands and refusing to give up. She was miraculously saved, her calls heard by a man who was partially deaf. It describes her dramatic rescue as she was airlifted out, swinging helplessly from two straps, dangling fearfully beneath a helicopter high above the ravine where she had fallen.It is an amazing tale of despair and courage and hope. It speaks of incredible strength and heartbreaking weakness as it details what one woman believed might be the last days of her life. It is a memory of the darkest of times and an affirmation of miracles.
 

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Contents

The Fall
11
For Love of the Mountains
15
On the Trail of the Ancestors
23
The Trip of a Lifetime
29
Before the Fall
35
The Day of the Fall
43
In the Ravine
49
A Dozen Ways to Die
53
The Fourth Day
113
Rescue
119
Dangling by a Thread
125
Repairing Amy
131
An Unknown Wilderness
139
Almira
145
Helping Amy
149
The Purple Ambulance
155

Talking to God
59
The GoLite Girl
65
The First Day
71
Pain
79
Longing for Life
83
The Second Day
87
The Lure of the Solo Experience
91
The Third Day
95
Two Toots of a Whistle
101
Contact
105
The Three Rescuers
107
At Carlas
161
Many Firsts
167
Many Heroes
171
Like a Junkyard Dog
175
The Questions
185
After the Fall
191
Gifts and Revelations
195
Spiritual Tools for Physical Survival
201
Gratitude
211
Back to the Mountains
215
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About the author (2005)

Amy Racina has traveled all over the world by herself. Introduced to backpacking at the age of sixteen, Amy began soloing in her early twenties. She has trekked hundreds of miles through the wilderness that she loves, especially in the high country of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and particularly in Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks. She leads hiking groups, and works as a graphic artist.

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