Sandstone Spine

Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge


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


Author: David Roberts,Greg Child

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 9781594850059

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

View: 8109

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)


Author: Nicole Silvester

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614646449

Category: Study Aids

Page: 39

View: 1745

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... the book to continue reading!

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


Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393089649

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 9870

"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


Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393609871

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 5014

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?

Voices from Bears Ears

Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land


Author: Rebecca Robinson

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816538050

Category: Nature

Page: 435

View: 9031

In late 2016, President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres of public lands in southeastern Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump shrank the monument by 85 percent. A land rich in human history and unsurpassed in natural beauty, Bears Ears is at the heart of a national debate over the future of public lands. Through the stories of twenty individuals, and informed by interviews with more than seventy people, Voices from Bears Ears captures the passions of those who fought to protect Bears Ears and those who opposed the monument as a federal “land grab” that threatened to rob them of their economic future. It gives voice to those who have felt silenced, ignored, or disrespected. It shares stories of those who celebrate a growing movement by Indigenous peoples to protect ancestral lands and culture, and those who speak devotedly about their Mormon heritage. What unites these individuals is a reverence for a homeland that defines their cultural and spiritual identity, and therein lies hope for finding common ground. Journalist Rebecca Robinson provides context and perspective for understanding the ongoing debate and humanizes the abstract issues at the center of the debate. Interwoven with these stories are photographs of the interviewees and the land they consider sacred by photographer Stephen E. Strom. Through word and image, Robinson and Strom allow us to both hear and see the people whose lives are intertwined with this special place.

Comb Ridge and its people

the ethnohistory of a rock


Author: Robert S. McPherson

Publisher: Utah State University Press

ISBN: 9780874217377

Category: History

Page: 252

View: 8465

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.

A Navajo Legacy

The Life and Teachings of John Holiday


Author: John Holiday,Robert S. McPherson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806136684

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 394

View: 772

"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.

The Wetherills of the Mesa Verde

Autobiography of Benjamin Alfred Wetherill


Author: Benjamin Alfred Wetherill

Publisher: Associated University Press


Category: History

Page: 333

View: 4534

In die Wildnis

Allein nach Alaska


Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492957773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8959

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.

Red Moon Rising

Wenn Freunde anfangen zu träumen und zu beten. Die Geschichte von 24-7 Prayer. Überarbeitete und ergänzte Jubiläumsausg.


Author: Pete Greig,Dave Roberts

Publisher: SCM R.Brockhaus

ISBN: 341722828X

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 7507

Die mitreißende Geschichte von 24-7 PRAYER zeigt was passiert, wenn Freunde anfangen zu träumen und zu beten. Quer durch sämtliche Konfessionen, über alle "frommen" Labels hinweg, beten sie, als ob alles von Gott abhängt und leben sie, als ob alles von ihnen abhängt. Diese Jubiläumsausgabe (15 Jahre 24-7 PRAYER) wurde komplett überarbeitet und enthält viel zusätzliches Material.

Climbing free

in den steilsten Wänden der Welt


Author: Lynn Hill,Greg Child

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783492404020


Page: 319

View: 3548

Mountains in My Heart

A Passion for Climbing


Author: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594858567

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 303

View: 8619

A huge draw on the "2013 National Geographic Live" lecture series, the author shares the passion that led to her world record in mountaineering - First woman-and only the fourth climber ever-to summit all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters - Though the two climbers are friends, Kaltenbrunner's path to high places has been very different from Edurne Pasaban's record-breaking feat - Positive, uplifting account of a remarkable athleteEffusive, charismatic, tough, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the world's most successful high-altitude mountaineers and the first woman to climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen-and she also eschews high-altitude porters. Mountains of My Heart covers her early years learning to climb in Austria, her personal life, her training as an oncology nurse, and her ever-present passion for mountains, especially the Himalaya. Her love of being in the mountains shines through in her writing: For Gerlinde the important thing was not the race to be the first woman to climb the 8,000-meter peaks, but rather to experience the mountains and climb them in her self-sufficient style. Self-sufficiency did not, however, mean climbing without her husband, Ralf Dujmovits; in 2009, Lhotse became her twelfth and his fourteenth 8,000-meter peak! Kaltenbrunner shares the challenges, dangers, and euphoria of her high-altitude climbs, detailing medical emergencies and her own feelings about being high in the mountains. Her writing is honest, captivating, and unrestrained.

Erde im Aufruhr


Author: Immanuel Velikovsky

Publisher: Julia White Publishing

ISBN: 3934402801


Page: 314

View: 6466

Der Schirach Bunker

das Nazi-Geheimnis im Wienerwald


Author: Alexander Haide

Publisher: N.A


Category: 16. Bezirk (Vienna, Austria)

Page: 148

View: 6870

Daniel Libeskind

Jüdisches Museum Berlin


Author: Elke Dorner

Publisher: Gebr. Mann Verlag


Category: Berlin (Germany)

Page: 109

View: 1742

Ein Kind Gottes


Author: Cormac McCarthy

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644512310

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 6751

«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