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The Last Season

Postby AldeFarte » Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:03 pm

I finished reading the book. What a traumatic event for the park staff involved. From the facts layed out in the book, I tend to agree with Alden Nash. [what a great name]. You can't live in two places at once. Living in the moment served Randy well for many years, but carrying too much baggage at the wrong time ,in the wrong place seems to have caught up with him. Very well done and a good read. jls



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The Last Season

Postby gdurkee » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:14 pm

Yep, that pretty well sums it up. Good observation.

And, kind of good news: Eric just won a National Outdoor Book Award for The Last Season. Moderately cool.

http://www.isu.edu/outdoor/books/

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Postby rightstar76 » Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:42 am

Just thought of something new as to why Randy fell through the ice. Maybe it was psychotherapy. In the book, Blehm states that Randy's therapist told him and Judi that they were incompatible. Maybe the therapist was right, maybe not, but the bottom line was that the suggestion was anything but supportive of Randy's marriage to Judi. Also, the fact that the therapist suggested Randy read psychological books like Iron John, etc. may not have been what Randy really needed at his time of crisis. The question may not be why Randy was so indecisive with Judi before she had enough. Clearly, Randy was always indecisive with his marriage. The question may be why therapy was ineffective in helping Randy with his issues, why despite therapy, he still told Judi he was going back to his job in the Sierra which ended the marriage. Also, why didn't therapy help Randy deal with his emotions? One wonders if it had, Randy might not have fallen through the ice. Another interesting question the book raises.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:05 am

just finished reading last night - excellent reading. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I found myself constantly reviewing my maps and feeling drawn back into the mountains. to those of us who go we know it is it's own addiction. as I tell my therapist "I can quit any time I wish - I just choose not to wish"
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Postby rightstar76 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:14 pm

No, you never kick the addiction of going to the mountains. Once you're addicted, you're hooked for life and there's no way to stop. When Randy first told Judi he wasn't going back to the Sierra, he must have meant it, but after going camping with her, he started thinking about how much he missed the Sierra and how he couldn't bear not to go back after having spent so much of his life there. So he changed his mind and it cost him his marriage. The most tragic part is that when he finally did get to go back, he wasn't happy. What had seemed worth losing his marriage over suddenly wasn't worth that much. That's the nature of being addicted to the mountains. All those lake basins, trees, waterfalls, flowers, etc. seem worth the world until you lose what's most important to you. The problem (and the nature of the Sierra addiction) is that when you have what's most important to you (spouse, family, etc.), it becomes unbearable at times when you can't have the mountains too. This conflict really hurts and is one of the quintessential elements that gives The Last Season such wide appeal.
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Postby AldeFarte » Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:50 am

Wow, rightstar. What an awesome last post.You are spot on .And tho I for one am sure Randy did not want to die, I am sure he couldn't have picked a "better" place to release his soul.I can relate to your last post and I think Blehm did a great job, because I often reflect on his book. Much as I do on Krakauer's book of death on Everest. Though on reflection I have less regard for Krakauer after reading Anatoli Boukreev's account of the events. OOhh, sorry for getting off topic. A good vino and a spot of sherry will do that.Anyway, A post I can relate to. jls
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Renaming Peak 13,920+ To Mt. Morgenson

Postby Richard » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:20 pm

Trying to get the word out about this, so there will be more discussion.

http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/cgi-b ... 005219;p=0

http://www.mt-whitney.info/viewtopic.php?t=1497

BTW, I thought the book was excellent.
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Postby caddis » Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:59 am

Great read for anyone in general and a "must read" for high sierra backpackers. I thought Blehm did a good job researching all sides, all viewpoints, and all possibilities then bringing it all together and making it understandable. He really made you feel for all parties involved. And George, for all the times I've envied backcountry rangers now I'll temper that envy with the knowledge of how much sacrificed and hardship is involved. You may never be appreciated in an official NPS way...pay, prestige, respect (from the bureaucracy), awards... But you'll always be respected and appreciated by those closest to your realm. Thanks
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The Last Season

Postby Oubliet » Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:26 pm

I have just finished reading it this morning.

What an excellent, poignant, story about one man's love of the high, wild places and the things he sacrifices to be there.

The author did a great job knitting all the interviews and timetables into a coherant mountain mystery that keeps the reader flipping pages to see "what happens next."

I hope some of the people with the power to improve the budget for the maintenance fo the wildernesses and parks read this book and are swayed to keep the knife from whittling away at the amount each year.

The people in the backcountry need to be given more recognition than they have received in the past.
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Re: The Last Season

Postby freestone » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:30 am

I wanted to dust this thread off a bit and echo the comments on what a good read this is, especially in light of the recent search efforts for Larry. This book inspired me to go over Taboose, then over to Bench Lake and visit Randy Morgensen's old haunts. At the time, I had no idea how relevant this trip would become in my life and how it would change my view of a soloist in the "gentle wilderness". In this book you will discover that the search is never over, nor is that burning addiction for the high places.
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Re: The Last Season

Postby OzSwaggie » Tue May 14, 2013 4:18 am

It's a couple of years since I read this book and you have all reminded me how I couldn't put it down! - I must read it again. I do recall thinking that it was a sympathetic, understanding writer who could portray the love of wild nature that Randy had. He was so at home there, though, that he maybe didn't think of it as wild. I recall at one point a comment along the lines of "no-one knew the Sierra like Randy, not even John Muir. But then John Muir did not spend as much time there as Randy" (this is not a quote, just remembered ... probably wrongly!)
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Re: The Last Season

Postby Mradford » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:40 pm

Just finished this book right now an have to agree wholly with tomcat. I sat with my maps totally being drawn back to mountains. His life story was written beautifully by Blehm and his message to always look around and give everything it's deserved attention makes me want to spend multiple days in a single alpine meadow. Such a tragic event but such an amazing story and person who touched the lives of so many people who love the outdoors. Definitely will read this again someday.
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