Emma Marris’s six-year-old sun, Nico, walking the Oregon woods where Sheehy got lost at the same age.
Emma Marris’s six-year-old sun, Nico, walking the Oregon woods where Sheehy got lost at the same age. (Photo: Michael Hanson/Art by Petra Zeiler)
Adventures in Audio

Summer Read: A Little Boy Lost in the Woods

Emma Marris’s six-year-old sun, Nico, walking the Oregon woods where Sheehy got lost at the same age.

When Cody Sheehy was six years old, he disappeared into the wilderness of northeast Oregon. Now, more than three decades later, he insists that the harrowing experience gave him an invaluable life lesson. In this second episode of our Summer Read series, we recount how he wandered into the forest and made his way back to safety some 18 hour later, all on his own. The story, written for Outside by environmental journalist Emma Marris, investigates what it takes to get through such an ordeal at a young age, and how it can stick with us forever.


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