A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: How My Simple Adventure Became a Dance with Death-and Taught Me What Really Matters - eBook  -     By: Scott Hubbartt
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781601426055
ISBN-13: 9781601426055

Publisher's Description

"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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    One Wrong Turn
    November 13, 2014
    BONDing over BOOKS
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    What started out as a "simple" eight-hour hike in the mountains turned into a dangerous five-day ordeal against his pride and the elements of nature. Scott Hubbartt decided to retrace a journey his wife's ancestor, Felipe Lam made, in "a rocky, dry, barren, high desert windswept portion of the Andes mountains of Peru - "twice the size of Texas." Armed with only his Boy Scout and military background, compasses, a light jacket, one bottle of water, he packed what he thought he should have, not what he needed to have.

    His life took a wrong turn and his whole world was turned upside down. He reflected on his life, the good and the bad decisions, regrets of things not and/or left done and loved ones he might never see again. Silence, solitude, desperation and fear are dangerous tools in the wrong situations. With no place else to turn he asked God for help. He prayed and pleaded with God to save him, send someone to save him, send a sign...a miracle. However, according to him - he heard nothing but silence and saw no evidence of a miracle... he was being ignored (or so he thought).

    Anyone at anytime can be humbled by situations and circumstances, but it takes a wise person to see, embrace and learn from those things. Scott Hubbartt thought that he had everything he needed and although "he was trained for, confident about, and even arrogant about this adventurous excursion he quickly learned new lessons of humility and faith as he became lost, desperate, and close to death." He recalled how he prayed for a sign and his deceased brother, Glenn appeared, said "Hey Scott, You comin'?" and showed him a way out. However, because he believed he must have been hallucinating he held steadfast to his own flawed understanding and headed deeper in the wrong direction.

    Timing is everything and if Scott had "decided to walk out of the cement camp on the fourth night," he would have never been rescued. He experienced many "miracles" that saved his life. When all else failed, with his back against the wall he knew that he had one chance to make the right choice in order to survive. "Death surely wasn't my first choice, nor was it easy to put my pride and self-sufficiency aside, but I knew that there was only one path left to me - simple trust...God's plan and timing are always perfect!"

  2. Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Short Walk to the Edge of Life: Review
    October 27, 2014
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 off-course from his intended route, Scott found himself lost with a rapidly diminishing amount of water and no way to get more. As he struggled to get back on course, Scott found through and unexpected and lifesaving set of miracles that God's plan for our lives can turn out to be far different than what we expect and that sometimes in order to be rescued you have to be past the end of your rope.

    This book was pretty good. I enjoyed it. The one part that bothered me was the author's credit to his late brother, who the author saw while hallucinating, for getting him back on the path that would lead him to being rescued. I think God can use hallucinations to accomplish His purpose, and I just think that the author should have given all the credit to God for that.

    If you enjoy hiking yourself or if you enjoy true survival stories, you would enjoy this book. I rate it 4 stars.

    I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you, WaterBrook Multnomah, for my free copy! :-)
  3. Williamston,MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Short Walk To The Edge of Life
    August 19, 2014
    pastor les
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is well written by a man that is transparent with his life. He is especially transparent with the serious mistakes he made that are recorded in this book. I appreciated how he records the journey with honesty and how he sought to learn from the mistakes.He records some awesome provisions by the Lord as he wanders in a very dangerous part of the world,totally lost and his life in grave danger.His ability to make Biblical application from the lessons learned are worth the price of the book. His reflections on his past are incorporated into the book in such a way that we can be encouraged to learn from our own past. I recoomend this as a good and challenging read. I received this book from Waterbrook Press for the purpose of reviewing it. Thank you !
  4. Midwest
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A good message learned and shared...
    August 15, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3

    Scott Hubbartt, a military veteran with years of survival training, becomes lost during a day-hike through the Peruvian Andes. Heat, dehydration, starvation, isolation and rugged desert terrain all make for an almost perilous journey. After realizing his many mistakes, Scott Hubbartt reaches out to God in desperation. Is it enough? Is it too late? Does God listen? Will he make it out alive


    Actually this memoir would never have needed to be written if the author had smartly relied on his highly skilled survival training and basic adventure guidelines. However, it was written due to his lack of preparedness and fortunately ended well with lessons learned, determination strengthened, and faith/ trust in God developed. Overall, a rather slow story but with a good message shared. The included maps which chronicled his intended trek against his actual course of travel were appreciated and contributed to the understanding of his story.


    3 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of A Short Walk To The Edge Of Life from WaterBrook Press for my honest review*
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 24, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I couldn't put this book down. What an amazing story! I would definitely say that Scott Hubbartt is crazy. But honestly if you aren't just a little crazy would you find yourself hiking in the mountains of Peru?

    I loved reading about Hubbartt's journey. I was rough and brutal. But Hubbartt grew from it. He learned from his mistakes.

    This book a must read. It was so good. I am glad it had a "happy" ending, since not all stories do.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books in sxchange for my honest review.
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