Solo Hiker Falls 60 ft. and Lives to Tell Her Miraculous Story in 'Angels in the Wilderness'

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Experienced hiker Amy Racina had lost her trail when the ground gave way beneath her, and she plummeted 60 feet onto a granite boulder. Racina was badly injured, with face smashed and both legs broken in multiple places, and amazed to be alive. Utterly alone in deep wilderness, she survived through perseverance, faith, and strength of will, dragging herself along with her hands until she was miraculously rescued after four days and nights. Written in the months following her near-fatal fall, Racina’s new book “Angels in the Wilderness” is a compelling memoir that inspires outdoor adventurers and anyone who may face unexpected disaster in their lives; a thrilling tale of despair and courage and hope.

In her newly released true-life adventure story, "Angels in the Wilderness: The True Story of One Woman’s Survival Against All Odds," avid hiker and author, Amy Racina, recounts her near-fatal 2003 backpacking trip through California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Losing her way and footing along a remote trail, she falls 60 feet into a granite ravine below, shattering both legs but not her will to live. Angels in the Wilderness documents Racina’s fall, her chance rescue, and her physical and spiritual journey toward recovery.

"Angels in the Wilderness" is an amazing tale of despair, courage and hope. Racina displays both incredible strength and heartbreaking weakness as she contemplates what could be the last few days of her life -- alone in the wilderness. It is a memory of dark times and an affirmation of miracles. Racina’s spirit is as infectious as it is inspiring as she struggles to stay alive against all odds.

Many passages were written just weeks following Racina’s fall when her memories were still fresh and incredibly vivid. The story quotes excerpts from a journal Racina kept while hiking the trail, and details her battle to walk again after multiple surgeries and extensive physical rehabilitation.

But more than that, "Angels in the Wilderness" is a story about the human spirit. Whether you’re an ECO Challenge contender or a weekend walker, you will identify with Amy Racina’s truly remarkable story and spirit.

Points of Interest:

  • Racina gives 12 tips for survival while alone in the wilderness, including making a goal-oriented plan, and prayer.
  • Injuries Sustained: lost teeth, broken nose, shattered legs and hip, right knee bone exposed through skin, extensive cuts and bruising to face.

About the author: Amy Racina, author of “Angels in the Wilderness” returned to hike in the wilderness that she loves just 8 months after the near-fatal fall documented in "Angels in the Wilderness."

She was introduced to backpacking at the age of sixteen, and began soloing in her early twenties. She has trekked hundreds of miles through the high country of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and has traveled all over the world by herself. She lives and works in Healdsburg, California, currently owning and operating two small businesses, and has received numerous awards for her graphic design work, including a Clio nomination. Her essays and children’s storys have been featured in diverse publications such as Wee Wisdom, Loving More Magazine, 52 Best, and The Preservation of Mineral King. She is a co-author of the best-selling anthology “Healing the Heart of The World." "Angels in the Wilderness" is her first full-length book.

Contact: Amy Racina (Elite Books)

530 Reed Court

Healdsburg, CA 95448

Phone: 707-433-6686

Cell: 707 490-4932

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