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A Short Walk to the Edge of Life

How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death--and Taught Me What Really Matters

Scott Hubbartt

About A Short Walk to the Edge of Life

"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.

Praise

Praise for A Short Walk to the Edge of Life

“Think Robert Frost meets The Worst-Case Scenario handbook. Reading A Short Walk to the Edge of Life took me on the worst possible ‘road not taken,’ and even though I feel beaten up and drained emotionally, my spirits are lifted. Indeed, his journey has made all the difference.”
—Eric Blehm, New York Times best-selling author of Fearless

“I feel and understand the writer’s suffering as he clung to life in a most rugged environment. While Scott Hubbartt expresses disappointments, he still was willing to pursue the ideal point of his destination. As a Holocaust survivor, I can relate his determination to mine. In my own way I, too, walked to the edge of life. When people are in a peril of life, Scott Hubbartt’s book A Short Walk to the Edge of Life could serve them well in reaching their attainable goals. I strongly endorse this book.”
—Boris Kacel, author of From Hell to Redemption

“A true story that makes a compelling read. Scott Hubbartt tells it as it happened. A real-life experience and a refreshing change from the mundane.”
—Norman Brackenridge, volunteer in humanitarian endeavors worldwide

“This is a gripping, real-life account of retired air force veteran Scott Hubbartt, who set off on foot for what he thought would be a simple day hike. Instead, the trek became a near-death experience. Readers will find his telling of the journey—and its unexpected and dramatic detour—is as entertaining as it is profound. You are drawn into the story, feeling as if you are walking with Scott along the treacherous slopes of the Andes or tasting the last drops of life-giving water when his very survival is in doubt. Along with witnessing his courage, you will share in Scott’s epiphany
about faith and love and will celebrate his rescue and recommitment to the things that matter most in life. This is a must-read story that will entertain and inspire with each turn of the page!”
—Larry K. Grundhauser, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Retired)

“What was meant to be a short walk in the Peruvian puna turned out to be a four-day battle of survival for Scott Hubbartt in which he not only faced the edge of physical endurance in the most difficult conditions but also touched the depths of a man’s solitary struggle, both emotionally and spiritually. In this precarious moment, Hubbartt gathered all his strength, hope, and confidence, while turning to higher and divine wisdom. His touching and powerful story is a plea for faith, humility, and gratefulness.”
—Erika Schuh, author, traveler, and international volunteer

About Scott Hubbartt

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.

Product Details

176 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: May 6, 2014

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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How Could He Possibly Make It Out Alive?

Click here to download chapter one of A Short Walk to the Edge of Life.

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.

Click here to download chapter one of A Short Walk to the Edge of Life.

 
 
 

By Carol King

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By J. Phillips/ BONDing over BOOKS

"As a flawed and broken man I knew that my stubbornness and selfish ambitions, not to mention my lack of wisdom, had landed me in a desolate and remote place, perhaps to die." This reflective thought would replay over and over again as Scott Hubbartt wrote in his book A SHORT WALK TO THE EDGE OF LIFE - How A Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death and Taught Me What Really Matters.What started out as a "simple" eight-hour hike in the...

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By Moriah Negley

A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is the tale of one man's physical and spiritual journey through an extraordinary life-and-death circumstance. A seasoned hiker with lots of experience, Scott Hibbard had no idea what awaited him when he set out on what would turn out to be the hiking experience of a lifetime. Anticipating a relatively short day hike, Scott set out into the South American desert unprepared for what lay ahead. Unknowingly going...

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By Leah Ferguson

This book is a fascinating mix of history, autobiography, survival story, and proclamation of faith. It tells the story of a man named Scott Hubbartt who becomes hopelessly lost in the Peruvian Andes while trying to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors.As far as catastrophe and survival stories go, this one is refreshing because he is very honest about the mistakes he made, and the fact that getting lost was his own fault. His Christian...

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By Pastor Debbie Spisz

 This book is the real life story of an amazing true life journey of author Scott Hubbartt.  By traveling with the author, we are drawn into Scott Hubbartt's life and death ordeal.  This is the recounting of Scott's journey into the Peruvian Andes Mountains, his fight for survival and through his test of endurance and perseverance, his reconnection to God.  Through reading this book, it solidified for me the importance of our faith in...

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