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A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon

Tekijä: Kevin Fedarko

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"From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the epic adventure tale The Emerald Mile comes the most dramatic and deeply moving account ever of walking the Grand Canyon, a highly dangerous, life-changing 750-mile trek. The Grand Canyon is an American treasure, visited by more than 6 million people a year, many of whom are rendered speechless by its vast beauty, mystery, and complexity. Now, in A Walk in the Park, author Kevin Fedarko chronicles his year-long effort to find a 750-mile path along the length of the Grand Canyon, through a vertical wilderness suspended between the caprock along the rims of the abyss and the Colorado River, which flows along its bottom. Consisting of countless cliffs and steep drops, plus immense stretches with almost no access to water, and the fact that not a single trail links its eastern doorway to its western terminus, this jewel of national parks is so challenging that when Fedarko departed fewer people had completed the journey in one single hike than had walked on the moon. The intensity of the effort required him to break his trip into several legs, each of which held staggering dangers and unexpected discoveries. Accompanying Fedarko through this sublime yet perilous terrain is the award-winning photographer Peter McBride, who captures the stunning landscape in breathtaking photos. Together, they encounter long-lost Native American ruins, the remains of Old West prospectors' camps, present day tribal activists, and signs that commercial tourism is impinging on the park's remote wildness. An epic adventure, action-packed survival tale, and a deep spiritual journey, A Walk in the Park gives us an unprecedented glimpse of the crown jewel of America's National Parks: an iconic landscape framed by ancient rock whose contours are recognized by all, but whose secrets and treasures are known to almost no one, and whose topography encompasses some of the harshest, least explored, most awe-inspiring terrain in the world"--… (lisätietoja)
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I enjoy reading travel and adventure books, so this story of a hike through the Grand Canyon was engaging for me. Fedarko and his photographer friend Pete McBride set out, woefully unprepared, to back pack through the entire Grand Canyon national park. The route is entirely unmarked, except for the short stretch in near the south rim visitor center, where the National Park Service maintains the Bright Angel trail that descends to the Tonto Trail. The traverse of the canyon has to include walking along escarpments thousands of feet above the Colorado river, and frequent ascents up side canyons, sometimes to the rim, followed by rappels back to manageable terrain. This is all done in a desert climate, with searing heat in the summer, and few sources of water. The pair of novices make the trek in stages, and only with the help of experienced backpackers and experts on the topography. The author writes about the geology, the history, the botany, wildlife and the stories tribes that have lived in and around the canyon. The descriptions of the slot canyons, narrow passage ways carved by rushing rain water, and lined with plants, are beautiful. Many of the stories of the people who explored the canyon are sad. The native Americans have been treated poorly over many years by the whites coming for range land and minerals, but are now gaining some land back, and the Hualapai have used their land rights to promote helicopter tourism. The airspace at the western end of the canyon is now the busiest in the world, and the noise is constant. Fedarko and his companions naturally lament the loss of the wilderness and feel that their extreme efforts give them more of an appreciation for the wonder and beauty of the canyon, but Fedarko does muse a bit about the benefits of exposing more people to the experience. The philosophical pieces of the book are on the side of ecology and nature. ( )
  neurodrew | Jul 19, 2024 |
I have no desire to go on dangerous, miserable adventures, but I sure enjoy reading about them. This one was especially enjoyable because I've actually been to the place where the adventure took place (the touristy parts, obviously). Really enjoyed learning more about the Grand Canyon and seeing some of the remote spots I'll never visit through the words of a good writer. ( )
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"From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the epic adventure tale The Emerald Mile comes the most dramatic and deeply moving account ever of walking the Grand Canyon, a highly dangerous, life-changing 750-mile trek. The Grand Canyon is an American treasure, visited by more than 6 million people a year, many of whom are rendered speechless by its vast beauty, mystery, and complexity. Now, in A Walk in the Park, author Kevin Fedarko chronicles his year-long effort to find a 750-mile path along the length of the Grand Canyon, through a vertical wilderness suspended between the caprock along the rims of the abyss and the Colorado River, which flows along its bottom. Consisting of countless cliffs and steep drops, plus immense stretches with almost no access to water, and the fact that not a single trail links its eastern doorway to its western terminus, this jewel of national parks is so challenging that when Fedarko departed fewer people had completed the journey in one single hike than had walked on the moon. The intensity of the effort required him to break his trip into several legs, each of which held staggering dangers and unexpected discoveries. Accompanying Fedarko through this sublime yet perilous terrain is the award-winning photographer Peter McBride, who captures the stunning landscape in breathtaking photos. Together, they encounter long-lost Native American ruins, the remains of Old West prospectors' camps, present day tribal activists, and signs that commercial tourism is impinging on the park's remote wildness. An epic adventure, action-packed survival tale, and a deep spiritual journey, A Walk in the Park gives us an unprecedented glimpse of the crown jewel of America's National Parks: an iconic landscape framed by ancient rock whose contours are recognized by all, but whose secrets and treasures are known to almost no one, and whose topography encompasses some of the harshest, least explored, most awe-inspiring terrain in the world"--

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