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When Geraldine "Gerry" Largay first went missing on the Appalachian Trail in remote western Maine in 2013, the people of Maine were wrought with concern. When she was not found, the family, the wardens, and the Navy personnel who searched for her were devastated. The Maine Warden Service continued to follow leads for more than a year. They never completely gave up the search. Two years after her disappearance, her bones and scattered possessions were found by chance by two surveyors. She was on the US Navy's SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School land, about 2,100 feet from the Appalachian Trail.  

This book tells the story of events preceding Geraldine Largay's vanishing in July 2013, while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, what caused her to go astray, and the massive search and rescue operation that followed. Her disappearance sparked the largest lost-person search in Maine history, which culminated in her being presumed dead. She was never again seen alive. The author was one of the hundreds of volunteers who searched for her. Gerry's story is one of heartbreak, most assuredly, but is also one of perseverance, determination, and faith. For her family and the searchers, especially the Maine Warden Service, it is also a story of grave sorrow.

©2019 Denis Dauphinee (P)2019 Tantor

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Sincere and Respectful

I can't explain how deeply this book touched me. I love the authors approach to how respectful they were to the family and all who knew and were involved in this experience. It's a touching story of a woman's own quest and how she touched so many lives in so many different ways. Heartfelt, sad and yet so very respectful. The narrator did a great job conveying the story and its many emotional nuances.

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R. I. P. Inchworm

I’m 62 and hope to hike the AT at retirement. I vow to take a course in how to read a compass and some type of survival class. She didn’t die in vain.

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Wow

As a novice hiker who will one day get into back packing and more intense trails this was so informative on several aspects. I was able to take several bits of information from this tragic story of inch worm. Definitely recommend!

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Sensitive treatment of tough topic

Provides easy more background information than if seen before, filled in a lot of gaps. Well explained and sensitive treatment of a myriad of difficult issues involved with this tragedy.

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This book changed me

I will be thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in March 2021. I wasn't going to bring a compass. I sure am now.

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Not exactly what I expected

I saw the Northwood’s Law episode about Geraldine Largay and thought this was going to be a book about her. Although the author talked about her, I felt like more of the book was about the history of the trail, the author, and the psychology of/procedures taken by a lost person. It was a good book.. just not what I expected.

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must read please

This is a MUST read book. If you are thinking about hiking anywhere you NEED to read this book. Very thought provoking. Thank you for the solid advice and insights. This book leaves you wanting more. wanting to learn more. Be a more responsible hiker. know my skills practice my skills so my skills over and over until I can do it in my sleep or under extreme fear anxiety or stress or hunger aka starvation dehydration. made me realize doesn't matter how prepared you think you are by just taking a class or reading books or magazines, You will always need to do your skills practice your survival skills you read about. otherwise you might need to be rescued too!
narrator was great day to listen and stay engaged.

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A Cautionary Tale

I first learned about Geraldine “Gerry” Largay on an episode of Northwoods Law when she went missing. I also watched the episode where her remains were found.

Gerry seemed to have prepared well for her hike and had in fact completed around 900 miles. One simple misjudgment, getting off the trail, in a heavily wooded area in Maine, to go to the bathroom cost her her life. So many “what ifs” and “why” through my mind while listening to this book.

The book is well written and narrated. There is a lot of AT background given which those unfamiliar with the trail should find helpful.

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Sad, but true, story

Sometimes, a seemingly simple action/decision has great consequences. In this case, it didn't end well. She sounds like a lovely person with a loving family. My heart goes out to them all.

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Great book made me think a lot

This book is very interesting. I have spent a lot of my life hiking and in the woods but this book really made me think about what to do if I was lost and ways to prevent getting lost. It made me realize I need to teach my daughter key navigational skills. This is a very good cautionary story thank you for sharing her story.

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