Saturday, September 5, 2015

Getting Out Alive; The Autumn Veatch Story (A true account)

The following short story is a true account of a brave young woman's survival. Not only was she the sole survivor of a plane crash, but she then managed to hike for three days through some of the most rugged terrain in the country, and essentially rescue herself. I was extremely fortunate to be able to speak with Autumn, and she shared her story with me, so that I could write it for you.

I took great care to keep it accurate, and this is published with Autumn's consent and I have also given her the copyright, because....well, it is HER story! Enjoy!! :)


Getting Out Alive

The Autumn Veatch Story

Written by
As told by

Photograph copyrights for:
 Image 1. Autumn Veatch, 2. Chelsey Clark, 3. Chelsey Clark, 4. Sara Esperance

Copyright © 2015 Autumn Veatch

Cover art design Copyright © Tara Ellis
Photographer: Tara Ellis Photography

All rights reserved. No part of this story may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

Tara Ellis Publications

Getting Out Alive
-The Autumn Veatch Story


This is a true account of the fatal plane crash that occurred on July 11, 2015, in the Northern Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Autumn Veatch was the only survivor. This is her story, as told by her to author Tara Ellis. It has been written and published with her consent and parental approval.

1.This is a self portrait Autumn took that day and sent to a friend, not long before the crash.

***Update: 1/12/2016
This is now available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon. Please see my author page to find it and my other publications!


  1. typo: "How can she loose service now?" lose

  2. Wow, just Wow sums it up. Autumn do what makes you happy in life and follow your dreams. As you know first hand life is too short. You are a survivor and this experience has helped make who you are. I just can't say enough about the talent you had to pull from to make it out of the woods. Go forward in life and never doubt yourself again.

  3. Thank you for sharing this story. Autum you are an amazing person. This is a story of true strength and courage.

  4. Autumn is proof that within every adorable young woman lies a bad ass, even if she doesn't know it yet. I especially loved your little forest gerbil totem friend who guided and comforted you along the way. God bless you in all ways little darlin' and thanks for sharing your amazing story.

  5. I tried a "shortcut" following a creek between two known trails near this same area. It was intensely difficult to do and just walking/slipping down the cold water is easier than fighting the brush, which becomes near impossible. It was dark before I made it out -- cannot fathom two days AND NIGHTS of doing that. Thank you for not giving up Autumn. God's blessings be upon you. Now, don't let this stardom go to your head :) keep being yourself. You were perfect before, you are perfect now. Agape. JMH in the Skagit

  6. Im so glad you made it out, you are special and there must be a plan for you in this world, your work is not yet done, and to celebrate I went and got me some chicken Mcnuggets LOL good job

  7. I remember reading about the airplane with the grandparents and Autumn missing on the 2nd day. You know, we read so many stories of things happening I almost just went to another story when God tugged at my heart to pray for her. I did not feel impressed to pray for the grandparents, just Autumn. I was so elated when they found her and then I remembered praying for her and how I only felt I should pray for her and it made sense as they had passed away. God knew where you were Autumn and He saw you and had many people praying for you!

  8. Did Autumn and David speak with you about Us "Disaster Survival Magazine" re-publish this story in our next issue? we will give full credit to you of course.

    1. Hi, Vincent! I had been told a magazine might pick up the story. So long as Autumn and her Dad have approved it, I'm good! Thank you for letting me know, and I look forward to seeing it in your publication. Could you provide me with a link to your site? And you can always email me at:

  9. Wow! What a story. Amazing, the heartlessness of some people. I'm so glad she was rescued.