1. Bill Bryson and Stephen Katz went out to hike on the Appalachian Trail.
2. A huge snow blizzard gets in their way.
3. They survived the ordeal by using a map that Bryson had. Then Bryson and Katz decided to take action and started walking along a logging trail and getting to a little shelter. There, they met Jim and Heath, who were prepared for the weather. The next morning, all four of them hiked along the Appalachian Trial and eventually split into the pairs that they came in. From there, Bryson and Katz continued hiking while Jim and Heath got to their car. A little later, Jim and Heath appeared in their car and offered to give Bryson and Katz a lift.
4. Certain elements of the setting helped create the mood. For example, the natural landscape contributed to the mood. The author talked about steep mountain sides and tangled tree roots. These feature gave the characters more difficulty and therefore, created more suspense. In addition, the weather created suspense because the heavy blizzard gave the characters something to fear.
5. Bryson's poor preparation for his adventure contributed to the suspense of the selection. Since he was not as prepared, he was in an even more dangerous situation than he would have been if he was prepared. If he had expected the blizzard, then there would have been no suspense because Bryson wouldn't have been in danger and have had the supplies to protect himself. However, he didn't, causing the suspension to be even greater.
6. Bryson and Katz made unlikely heroes in this story because they were able to get through a challenge and reach safety. Although their futures looked bleak in the beginning, towards the end, they were able to persevere and get back to the main trail without getting injured.
7. Nature caused Bryson and Katz a lot of trouble on their hike. If there hadn't been a blizzard, they wouldn’t have had as much trouble trying to reach safety. Also, the rugged terrain gave them