In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes listeners into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping's remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.
"About damn time a book on wildland firefighting was written!!!"
In 1898 the dashing young British explorer Ewart “the Leopard” Grogan was in love. In order to prove his mettle to his beloved - and her aristocratic stepfather - he set out on a quest to become the first person to walk across Africa, “a feat hitherto thought by many explorers to be impossible” (New York Times, 1900). In 2007 35-year-oldAmerican journalist Julian Smith faced a similar problem with his girlfriend of six years…and decided to address it in the same way Grogan had more than 100 years before: He was going to retrace the Leopard’s 4,500-mile journey for love and glory.