“They say I’m crazy. That’s OK. I’m just curious and determined.”
—From Scott Hubbartt’s diary, November 2, 2011
How Could He Possibly Make It Out Alive?
It was supposed to be a simple day hike. Scott Hubbartt was a military veteran with years of survival training. Everyone who knew him considered him an expert adventurer.
But Scott’s trek into the treacherous backcountry canyons of the Peruvian Andes turned into a desperate fight to survive after he became hopelessly lost. As his eight-hour hike lengthened into days, Scott faced dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion. And that’s when his true journey began.
Chronicling the failures and miracles of a remarkable physical and spiritual passage, A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is the gripping, true story of a man who had to come to the end of himself before he could find his way home.
Scott Hubbartt enlisted in the Air Force at the age of seventeen and later became a decorated combat veteran who rose to the highest enlisted rank. Hubbartt is a graduate of the Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School and the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy at Newport, Rhode Island. He also holds a master’s degree in history and Latin American studies from American Public University. Hubbartt and his wife, Carolina, a native of Perú, have three daughters and live near San Antonio, Texas.
I love the outdoors. I love fishing, hiking, camping, and being lakeside. I love watching certain T.V. shows where a guy is dropped out of a plane and made to ” make do” in the wild. But Hubbartt’s story is real. In Scott Hubbartt’s new book A Short Walk to the Edge of Life he discusses the insane five days he spent in the wilderness of Peru.
There were many things that were jaw dropping. To me one of the craziest had to be, he didn’t tell anyone where he was going. No one knew he was going for this hike. Now I am not saying a man of his age and experience needs babysitting but you would think that you would tell someone. But he didn’t and in my opinion that was his biggest mistake.
There were so many things that I hope I never have to do. For example I hope I never have to drain silt for water through my underwear. I hope I am never so thirsty that I eat an ant only to find out it is full of venom and then have my tongue swell up so bad it doesn’t fit in my mouth.
But once he came out of the wilderness the people he ran into were so willing to help him. They gave him their water and food. I couldn’t get over their kindness. I have to wonder if a guy came walking out of the woods by me would I be so quick to help or would I want to run because of fear. I hope I would choose to help.
God took Scott’s situation that could have cost him his life and used it for good. Scott is now sharing his story of God’s provision. This book is a must read. If only just to hear Scott’s story because it is definitely one of a kind.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
I received this books from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.