On September 11, 2001, reality changed for America and much of the world. But for one man alone in the wilderness, completely cut off from world events, the lessons of life and death were very different. Extreme adventurer Bob Kull may be the only educated Westerner to have missed 9/11 and the media blitz that followed.
Alone on a remote island, Kull faced a different kind of crisis - a war between body, mind, and soul. Years after a motorcycle accident left him with one leg, Kull travelled into the wilderness with supplies to live alone for a year on a remote island in the Patagonian wilderness. He sought to explore the effects of deep solitude on the body and mind and to find answers to the spiritual questions that had plagued him his entire life. With only a cat and his thoughts as companions, he wrestled with inner storms while the wild forces of nature raged around him. The physical challenges were immense, but the struggles of mind and spirit pushed him to the limits of human endurance.
Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes is a diary of Kull's tumultuous year. Filled with the details of a life distilled to its unadulterated essence - the struggle of staying alive with no outside help - the book is also a meditation on the tensions between nature and technology, isolation and society. Kull went into solitude fishing for enlightenment, seeking The Answer, but came back empty-handed. Wilderness, he found, is a place to clearly see the insanity of denying that the world is what it is. He discovered that life itself teaches us all we need to know - once we cultivate the awareness to truly listen.