Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College, took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and headed off to the remote spots of the world writing magazine articles and books. His home base is Missoula, Montana, although he and his family periodically live abroad for a year, most recently during 2010-11 in a small town in Northeast Brazil.
A long-time correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and many others. His best-known book, Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance, was translated into seven languages and named Amazon.com’s No. 1 Sports/Outdoor Book of 2001.
In his most recent book, The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map (Ballantine 2010), Stark explores themes relating to wilderness, and our conception of it, interwoven with his personal adventures in some of the wildest places remaining in the United States, along with stories of explorers and early naturalists who traversed these “blank spots.”
And at Peter’s Blog, read the latest blog post: The Grand Portage — The Voyageurs’ Doorway to the Western Continent