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Ranger Confidential book

The Story…

This is another inside look at what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes. In Ranger Confidential Andrea Lankford “Andy” explores the highlights and lowlights of being a Park Ranger.  She lives and works in some of the biggest and most visited National Parks in the USA. In exchange for living and working in America’s most beautiful places, Rangers also see and deal with the people who are having the worst day of their lives.

At times humorous and poignant, she brings depth to the Ranger experience. Throughout the book Andy weaves her own story of being a woman in a man’s world and how she fought and laughed her way through it all.

Andrea Lankford, a former National Park Service ranger, has performed firefighting, law enforcement, and life-saving wilderness medicine in Cape Hatteras, Zion, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. As a ranger, she won several awards for her work as a criminal investigator, and she implemented the “Heat Kills. Hike Smart” public education program credited with preventing heat-related deaths at the Grand Canyon.

Who is Ranger Confidential For?

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to work in a National Park, this book should give you a very clear idea. If you enjoy reading true stories of adventure, love and loss, this is a book that will entrance you and hold you through the last page.

Borrow or Buy?

This is probably a borrow, however I could see gifting it to a young lady who envisions herself as a Park Ranger one day.


Ranger Confidential, Andrea Lankford, Falcon Guides, Helena, MT, 2010, 245 pages, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-7627-5263-8


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