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Young Donn Fendler, twelve years old and a Boy Scout from Rye, New York, thought the few steps down from the rocky summit of Mt. Katahdin would take him to his waiting father and brothers. He did not know he was about to begin a journey that would bring him close to death. Fighting off hallucinations, he crawled and stumbled on bleeding numbed feet for days along a stream he knew would lead downhill to civilization. He had no equipment and only a few berries and water for sustenance. His shoes and clothing became torn and lost. Here is a tale of excitement and inspirations, made all the more exhilarating because it was lived by a real person.
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All he had was hope.
When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets tired of waiting for his father and brothers to join him on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't expect a fast-moving fog to obscure his path, knocking him completely off course. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment that hides him from sight. And he never could have imagined taking a wrong turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness.
A true and inspiring story about a boy's harrowing journey through nature's unforgiving terrain.About the Author:
Since his close encounter with death in the mountains of Maine more than seventy years ago, Donn Fendler has visited countless schools, speaking to eager readers about his journey to civilization. He still receives countless letters from fans inquiring about that time in his life—which he always answers. He carves out months of time to speak to students at many schools about his experiences. Now retired from the U.S. Army, Donn lives half the year in Tennessee, while spending summer and early fall in Maine.
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Book Description Picton Press, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0897250664