This September (2015) marks the 15th anniversary of my Lost in the Woods episode. I went on a solo backpacking trip in the Olympic National Park, tried solo bushwhacking and ended up in need of a rescue. I learned a lot about myself, about the people around me (family and those I had previously considered “close friends”) and people from my various communities. The story has been well-documented here, but I talked to Brett Nunn who has graciously allowed me to reproduce one chapter from his book Panic Rising: True-Life Survivor Tales from the Great Outdoors. It is the most in-depth account of my story and I hope someday to see the place from which I waited for several days for that helicopter that came just after I stopped waiting for it to arrive.
More on this event at: http://www.paulenelson.com/about/lost-in-the-woods-sept-2000/