15 Year Anniversary of Lost in the Woods

September 1, 2015
KOMO-4 News

KOMO-4 News

This September (2015) marks the 15th anniversary of my Lost in the Woods episode. I went on a solo backpacking trip in the Olympic National Park, tried solo bushwhacking and ended up in need of a rescue. I learned a lot about myself, about the people around me (family and those I had previously considered “close friends”) and people from my various communities. The story has been well-documented here, but I talked to Brett Nunn who has graciously allowed me to reproduce one chapter from his book Panic Rising: True-Life Survivor Tales from the Great Outdoors. It is the most in-depth account of my story and I hope someday to see the place from which I waited for several days for that helicopter that came just after I stopped waiting for it to arrive.

1. Brett Nunn Cover Panic Rising

Read the chapter by clicking on the image

More on this event at: https://paulenelson.com/about/lost-in-the-woods-sept-2000/


  1. cakeslarCarol Keslar

    Wow! What a test of faith and endurance. I’m so pleased, Paul, that you survived this adventure to share your words and enthusiasms with all of us in August Postcard Poetry Fests.


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