at Muir Pass - July 2007 - 4 years after her Fall
Amy & Mickey
Photo courtesy of Monte
Amy Racina (now 54) lives in Healdsburg in Northern California
with two cats and her boyfriend Mickey. Her son Sam, now 24,
lives a few miles away.
Amy is self-employed. She owns and operates two businesses.
The first is Instant
Pool CardsŪ which manufactures and sells
a ten-way pull-tab entertainment card for people who enjoy
organizing pools for Baseball, Football & Hockey games.
Her second business The Everyday
Goddess™” is a traveling festival
clothing store featuring fun, inspirational, festive, danceable
re-claimed clothing for women.
Amy is a California State Parks Volunteer, working with
of the Coast and Redwoods
protecting and preserving several of
California’s State Parks. Amy also volunteers for The
Ceres Community Project, A non-profit
organization that cooks and delivers organic home-cooked meals
to cancer patients and others with debilitating illnesses.
She is an integral part of a “Share the Care”
program for a good friend who has been paralysed by Multiple
to backpacking at 16, Amy began soloing in her early
twenties. She has trekked hundreds of miles through
the wilderness that she loves, especially in the high
country of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and particularly
in Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks.
nine months after the near-fatal fall chronicled in
Angels in the Wilderness, Amy headed again for the wilderness
with her pack, backpacking once again. The medical professionals
who had treated her were amazed, but people who knew
her were not. They had no doubt that she would defy
the odds and hike once again in the wilderness she loves.
Amy says that her injuries have slowed her down somewhat,
she continues to hike and backpack as much as possible.
She still enjoys soloing, and now carries a (PLB) Personal
Locator Beacon. In 2007, Amy completed a 120 mile trip
on the JMT (John Muir Trail) and climbed Halfdome again
for the first time since her fall. She hopes one day
to go back to the Tehipite Valley, the scene of her
Since the publication of the hardcover edition of Angels
in the Wilderness in October 2004, Amy Racina
has appeared on Lifetime TV’s “What Should
You Do? “ The Montel Williams Show,
The Discovery Channel Documentary Series
“The Extreme Body: Sensation.”
Amy’s story has been seen in national and international
publications such as The London Times, The San Francisco
Chronicle, National Geographic “Outside Magazine,”
Celebs Magazine (U.K.) The Los Angeles Times, The Santa Rosa
Press Democrat, The Fresno Bee, and many others.
She has given over 100 presentations for Conferences, Wilderness
Groups, Historical Societies, Hiking Associations, Sierra
Club Groups, REI stores, Libraries, Scout Troops, schools,
churches, and many more.Contact Amy
Racina for a possible speaking engagement.