The current interest in men who challenge the wild is kind of fascinating, but I must ask ... where are the women? Surely women have dared the treachery of Alaskan winters, have climbed steep peaks and triumphed over astonishing heights? But the topic is handled by popular culture like some kind of testosterone induced right of passage that young men are compelled to experience against the cynical, postmodern world. Hasn't this story been told over and over again in western culture? The search for an authentic self in an inauthentic world.
That said, I loved the book and its ease of use. It was an interesting tale that was fortunately honest in its inability to provide answers. You leave knowing a little more about a young man seeking himself, and possibly through that, knowing a little more about your own self too.