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Backpacker Magazine – May 2010

Lost in The Frank Church Wilderness! A Video Diary

What does it mean to be utterly, hopelessly, truly lost? In this video series, author Jim Thornton takes you step by step through his bid to find his way out of the Frank Church Wilderness.

by: Jim Thornton

On his first day lost in Idaho's Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness, BACKPACKER contributor Jim Thornton confronts dwindling water supplies and the daunting task of getting un-lost.

LOST: A Survival Video Diary, Part 2

On his second day lost in Idaho's Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness, BACKPACKER contributor Jim Thornton battles cold temperatures, conflicting routes, and the onset of genuine fear.

LOST: A Survival Video Diary, Part 3

On his third day lost in Idaho's Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness, BACKPACKER contributor Jim Thornton finally finds a potential way home. But fear, exhaustion, and an incoming winter snowstorm threaten to derail his progress.

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Nov 16, 2012

if yall are trying to figure out how 2 survive wilderness
1. dont freeze to death
2.dont get eaten by a bear out for rabid squirells
:) good luck

Nov 16, 2012

well... dat was interesting

Oct 15, 2010

Time for something new guys!!!!!

Shaggy The Hiker
May 04, 2010

Having spent many days in the vicinity of Idaho Fish and Game's Stonebraker Ranch (named after William Stonebraker)that was the start of this journey, I am totally baffled by the story. While that landing strip is the only one in the Frank Church that could cause any confusion, the author had to cross a MAJOR trail, or one of two sizeable streams (he forded one of those on the second day) on that first day, or else he would have ended up at the Chamberlain Basin airstrip, the largest backcountry strip in the state, and the location of the Chamberlain Ranger Station.

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May 01, 2010

I do alot of solo hikes and this is always in the back of my mine. I ask myself do I have the skills to survive. This is such a great story. I know just how it feels when you get lost and then find the trail again. Unless you have been there, you never know. Thanks.

Ken Powers
Apr 29, 2010

Our journal from hiking the Idaho Centennial Trail is at We had many of the same feelings about our hike thru the Frank Church and Selway/Bitterroot Wildernesses. Interesting, frustrating, and beautiful!

Apr 29, 2010

Nice complement to the magazine story - thanks!

Apr 23, 2010

You should consider posting a second copy of each video with subtitles. Not only would you comply with the ADA but you would also help out those of us who do not have access to sound on certain machines (ex. lunch at work).

Apr 23, 2010

I liked the article in the mag. I have not been able to watch the vids yet however. I cannot wait to. I would love to do what you did so long as I was not alone. If I could take a buddy with me, I would JUMP at the chance to get lost. Thanks for doing a great job with this assignment.

say what?
Apr 14, 2010

Why post it on Facebook if you're not ready for us to watch it? DUH, people!


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