Sandstone Spine

Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge

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Author: N.A

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 9781594852381

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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* A cultural pilgrimage as well as an athletic one * Story blends personal adventure, middle-aged angst, the beauty of a landscape, history of exploration, and mysteries of the rise and fall of an ancient culture * By a critically acclaimed travel and adventure writer also famous for his exploits in Alaska's mountains * Includes photos by Greg Child of the landscape, Anasazi and Navajo ruins and rock art On September 1, 2004, three middle-aged buddies set out on one of the last geographic challenges never before attempted in North America: to hike the Comb Ridge in one continuous push. The Comb is an upthrust ridge of sandstone-virtually a mini-mountain range-that stretches almost unbroken for a hundred miles from just east of Kayenta, Arizona, to some ten miles west of Blanding, Utah. To hike the Comb is to run a gauntlet of up-and-down severities, with the precipice lurking on one hand, the fiendishly convoluted bedrock slab on the other-always at a sideways, ankle-wrenching pitch. There is not a single mile of established trail in the Comb's hundred-mile reach. The friends were David Roberts, writer, adventurer, famed mountaineer of decades past, at age 61 the graybeard of the bunch; Greg Child, renowned mountaineer and rock climber, age 47; and Vaughn Hadenfeldt, a wilderness guide intimately acquainted with the canyonlands, age 53. They came to the Comb not only for the physical challenge, but to seek out seldom-visited ruins and rock art of the mysterious Anasazi culture. Each brought his own emotions on the journey; the Comb Ridge would test their friendship in ways they had never before experienced. Searching for the stray arrowhead half-smothered in the sand or for the faint markings on a far sandstone boulder that betokened a little-known rock art panel, becomes a competitive sport for the three friends. Along the way, they ponder the mystery, bringing the accounts of early and modern explorers and archaeologists to bear: Who were the vanished Indians who built these inaccessible cliff dwellings and pueblos, often hidden from view? Of whom were they afraid and why? What caused them to suddenly abandon their settlements around 1300 AD? What meaning can be ascribed to their phantasmagoric rock art? What was their relationship to the Navajo, who were convinced the Anasazi had magical powers and could fly?

Sandstone Spine

Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge

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Author: David Roberts,Greg Child

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 9781594850059

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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Three friends bound by love of the Southwest's canyonlands undertake the first traverse of the Comb Ridge in search of the lost civilization of the Anasazi.

Quicklet on David Roberts and Greg Child's Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge (CliffNotes-like Book Summary and Analysis)

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Author: Nicole Silvester

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614646449

Category: Study Aids

Page: 39

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ABOUT THE BOOK In this book, I have chosen sometimes to be deliberately vague about the name and location of certain prehistoric ruins and rock art. Such an ethic is by now in long use among writers, photographers, and guides who celebrate the Southwest. A narrative of personal discovery should not serve as a treasure map.” Roberts’ and Child’s book Sandstone Spine is an account of the expedition of three men along Comb Ridge, a sandstone ridge resembling a miniature mountain range and running for nearly an hundred miles across Arizona and Utah. This area is full of archaeological ruins, primarily from various phases of the Anasazi people, as well as more recent Navajo sites. While the basic premise of the book is a recounting of Roberts’, Child’s, and their friend Vaughn Hadenfeldt’s experiences during the arduous expedition along the length of the Ridge, the structure and additional content of Sandstone Spine make it much more than simply an account of an hiking trip. Interspersed between sections recounting the events of the hike are retellings of historical events significant to the area, and information on both the current Navajo inhabitants and the prehistoric Anasazi people. Roberts also includes geological and natural history information, arranging all of this content into a fascinating mosaic of a book. The book narrates how, while searching for a new expedition, author David Roberts and long-time hiking and climbing partner Vaughn Hadenfeldt wondered whether or not anyone had ever hiked Comb Ridge from end-to-end in one trip. As it seemed that no one had ever made a complete traverse of the Ridge, the two friends decided to try it themselves, and they both agreed that photographer and mutual friend Greg Child would be the perfect third party to join them on the expedition. At ages 47, 53 and 61 respectively at the time of their trip, Child, Hadenfeldt, and Roberts had spent their lives making adventurous forays into some of the most inaccessible places on Earth. Both Roberts and Child made good livings writing about their adventures, while Hadenfeldt ran a business guiding hiking trips into the Utah canyonlands. The level of expedition and adventure-writing experience that Roberts and Child have ensures that their book includes interesting and relevant information for readers. Roberts did considerable research after the trip to complement the daily journals he kept. Sandstone Spine was published by The Mountaineers Books, which also published some of Roberts’ other titles. The publisher is a part of The Mountaineers Club, a non-profit dedicated to “the exploration, preservation, and enjoyment of outdoor and wilderness areas.” In keeping with its publisher’s philosophy, Sandstone Spine is very much a book about enjoying the outdoors in a respectful and non-destructive way. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Over the years, Greg, Vaughn, and I had found literally hundreds of Anasazi ruins in the backcountry. Yet the thrill of coming upon a new one—especially one so beautiful as this—was undiminished. Chapter One describes the preparations that Roberts, Child, and Hadenfeldt make for their expedition. As the area they wish to traverse has unreliable water supplies, the men decide on a water-caching system, in which they visit key locations along the ridge by driving and day-hiking, and leave plastic bottles of water where they can easily find them again. They also decide to arrange for another friend to meet them at certain dates at points where highways and road access penetrate the ridge, so they won’t have to pack a whole month’s worth of food. This will also allow them to swap out equipment if necessary. Hiking the whole length of Comb Ridge also requires permits... ...buy the book to continue reading!

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

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Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393089649

Category: History

Page: 352

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"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?" This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

Limits of the Known

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Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393609871

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

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A celebrated mountaineer and author searches for meaning in great adventures and explorations, past and present. David Roberts, "veteran mountain climber and chronicler of adventures" (Washington Post), has spent his career documenting voyages to the most extreme landscapes on earth. In Limits of the Known, he reflects on humanity’s—and his own—relationship to extreme risk. Part memoir and part history, this book tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure. In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks answers with sharp new urgency. He explores his own lifelong commitment to adventuring, as well as the cultural contributions of explorers throughout history: What specific forms of courage and commitment did it take for Fridtjof Nansen to survive an eighteen-month journey from a record "farthest north" with no supplies and a single rifle during his polar expedition of 1893–96? What compelled Eric Shipton to return, five times, to the ridges of Mt. Everest, plotting the mountain’s most treacherous territory years before Hillary and Tenzing’s famous ascent? What drove Bill Stone to dive 3,000 feet underground into North America’s deepest cave? What motivates the explorers we most admire, who are willing to embark on perilous journeys and push the limits of the human body? And what is the future of adventure in a world we have mapped and trodden from end to end?

The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest

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Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393241890

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. For more than 5,000 years the Ancestral Puebloans—Native Americans who flourished long before the first contact with Europeans—occupied the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States. Just before AD 1300, they abandoned their homeland in a migration that remains one of prehistory's greatest puzzles. Northern and southern neighbors of the Ancestral Puebloans, the Fremont and Mogollon likewise flourished for millennia before migrating or disappearing. Fortunately, the Old Ones, as some of their present-day descendants call them, left behind awe-inspiring ruins, dazzling rock art, and sophisticated artifacts ranging from painted pots to woven baskets. Some of their sites and relics had been seen by no one during the 700 years before David Roberts and his companions rediscovered them. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones. His new findings paint a different, fuller portrait of these enigmatic ancients—thanks to the breakthroughs of recent archaeologists. Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in the backcountry with the verve of a seasoned travel writer. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado, illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. This ongoing quest combines the shock of new discovery with a deeply felt connection to the landscape, and it will change the way readers experience, and imagine, the American Southwest.

Comb Ridge and its people

the ethnohistory of a rock

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Author: Robert S. McPherson

Publisher: Utah State University Press

ISBN: 9780874217377

Category: History

Page: 252

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West of the Four Corners and east of the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah, a unique one-hundred-mile-long, two-hundred-foot-high, serrated cliff cuts the sky. Whether viewed as barrier wall or sheltering sanctuary, Comb Ridge has helped define life and culture in this region for thousands of years. Today, the area it crosses is still relatively remote, though an important part of a scenic complex of popular tourist destinations that includes Natural Bridges National Monument and Grand Gulch just to the west, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell a bit farther west, Canyonlands National Park to the north, Hovenweep National Monument to the east, and the San Juan River and Monument Valley to the south. Prehistorically Comb Ridge split an intensively used Ancient Puebloan homeland. It later had similar cultural—both spiritual and practical—significance to Utes, Paiutes, and Navajos and played a crucial role in the history of European American settlement. To tell the story of this rock that is unlike any other rock in the world and the diverse people whose lives it has affected, Robert S. McPherson, author of multiple books on Navajos and on the Four Corners region, draws on the findings of a major, federally funded project to research the cultural history of Comb Ridge. He carries the story forward to contention over present and future uses of Comb Ridge and the spectacular country surrounding it.

The Wetherills of the Mesa Verde

Autobiography of Benjamin Alfred Wetherill

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Author: Benjamin Alfred Wetherill

Publisher: Associated University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 8503

A Navajo Legacy

The Life and Teachings of John Holiday

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Author: John Holiday,Robert S. McPherson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806136684

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 394

View: 1980

"In the second part of the book, Holiday details the family and tribal teachings he has acquired over a long life. He tells his grandparents' stories of the Long Walk era, discusses local attitudes about the land, relates Navajo religious stories, and recounts his training as a medicine man. All of Holiday's experiences and teachings reflect the thoughts of a traditional practitioner who has found in life both beauty and lessons for future generations."--BOOK JACKET.

In die Wildnis

Allein nach Alaska

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Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492957773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Im August 1992 wurde die Leiche von Chris McCandless im Eis von Alaska gefunden. Wer war dieser junge Mann, und was hatte ihn in die gottverlassene Wildnis getrieben? Jon Krakauer hat sein Leben erforscht, seine Reise in den Tod rekonstruiert und ein traurig-schönes Buch geschrieben über die Sehnsucht, die diesen Mann veranlasste, sämtliche Besitztümer und Errungenschaften der Zivilisation hinter sich zu lassen, um tief in die wilde und einsame Schönheit der Natur einzutauchen.– Verfilmt von Sean Penn mit Emile Hirsch.

Erde im Aufruhr

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Author: Immanuel Velikovsky

Publisher: Julia White Publishing

ISBN: 3934402801

Category:

Page: 314

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Basiswissen Archäologie

Theorien, Methoden, Praxis

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Author: Colin Renfrew,Paul G. Bahn

Publisher: Philipp Von Zabern Verlag Gmbh

ISBN: 9783805339483

Category: History

Page: 304

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Mit mehr als 150.000 verkauften Exemplaren gilt der Band Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice im englischsprachigen Raum bereits jetzt als Standardwerk im Fach Archaologie. Diese jetzt erstmals auf Deutsch vorliegende sorgfaltig uberarbeitete und zum Teil vollig neu geschriebene Fassung ist eine ausserst gut lesbare Einfuhrung fur alle, die sich fur Archaologie interessieren und eine kompakte Darstellung der Methoden und Praxis archaologischer Arbeit suchen. Beruhmte Archaologen und Ausgrabungsstatten passieren Revue. Inhaltlich ist das Buch auf der Hohe der Forschung, auch die neuesten technischen Methoden und Technologien werden behandelt. (Philipp von Zabern 2009)

Rechte Ökologie

Umweltschutz zwischen Emanzipation und Faschismus

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Author: Oliver Geden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Conservatism

Page: 252

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Die Richterin

Roman

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Author: Benno Hurt

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423423420

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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Judith S. – eine Frau in G roßaufnahme Judith S. ist eine Frau von 46 Jahren. Ihr rotes Haar fällt auf. Sie trägt es offen. Sie lebt allein, hat keine Kinder. Sie ist eine hervorragende Richterin und wird bald befördert werden. Ihre Eltern sind vor einigen Jahren gestorben. Sonntags besucht sie nur das Grab ihres Vaters und fotografiert dabei heimlich den Garten und das bunte Leben einer Familie, die jenseits der Friedhofsmauer wohnt. Sie möchte sich ein neues Familienalbum schaffen. In der Liebe hat sie wenig Erfahrung – sie will kontrollieren und führt doch, gerade in der Nacht, ein Doppelleben.

Twelve Years a Slave

Die wahre Geschichte

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Author: Solomon Northup

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492967086

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Solomon Northup war ein freier Bürger, bis er von Sklavenhändlern verschleppt und an einen Plantagenbesitzer verkauft wurde. Dort lebte er zwölf Jahre als Sklave, bis er schließlich – als einer der wenigen – seine Freiheit zurückerlangen und zu seiner Familie zurückkehren konnte. Die gleichnamige Verfilmung seiner Memoiren von Regisseur Steve McQueen hat bei der Verleihung der Golden Globes den Hauptpreis als bestes Filmdrama gewonnen.

Ein Kind Gottes

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Author: Cormac McCarthy

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644512310

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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«Ein Leseerlebnis, so intensiv, dass es ästhetische Kategorien geradezu über den Haufen zu werfen scheint ... geschrieben in einer kostbaren, einfachen und doch poetischen Sprache.» (New Republic) Tennessee in den sechziger Jahren: Lester Ballard ist ein Ausgestoßener, einsam und gewalttätig. Als ihm nach und nach die Reste eines normalen Lebens abhandenkommen, wird er zum Höhlenbewohner, zum Serienmörder, schließlich zum Nekrophilen. Er gerät in Haft, in die Psychiatrie, in die Gewalt rachsüchtiger Männer. Lester Ballard, «vielleicht ein Kind Gottes, ganz wie man selbst». «McCarthy kartiert den schrecklichen Abstieg seines Helden mit Leidenschaft, Zärtlichkeit, Beredsamkeit und mit einem Humor, der perfekt zur bitteren Verschrobenheit des Südens passt.» (Times Literary Supplement) «Ein kraftvoller, talentierter Autor, dem es gelingt, Mitgefühl für seinen Helden zu erwecken, so schrecklich dessen Taten auch sind.» (Sunday Times) Cormac McCarthys vielleicht düsterster Roman – zum ersten Mal auf Deutsch

Verlorene

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Author: Cormac McCarthy

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644022615

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

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Knoxville/Tennessee: Anfang der fünfziger Jahre. In einem Slum am Ufer des Tennessee-Rivers lebt auf einem Hausboot Cornelius Suttree. Er ist so verloren wie seine Freunde. Eine archaische Welt im Schatten der rigiden, rassistischen Gesellschaft des amerikanischen Südens, geprägt durch Armut und brutalen Überlebenskampf. Dort ist der Tod alltäglich. Aber eigentlich steht im Mittelpunkt des Buches der Fluss, Lebensader und Styx: Suttree lebt vom Verkauf der Fische, doch allzu oft treibt eine Kinderleiche im Wasser. Im Schlamm, halb verborgen unter Giftsumach, und an den Abstürzen des Steilufers vegetieren die Außenseiter, die heroischen Überlebenskünstler; auf der anderen Seite des Flusses, hell erleuchtet und unerreichbar fern, liegt die moderne, die reiche Stadt.