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High & Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventure

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  • Publication Year: 2003

Just before his death Galen Rowell edited a new edition of High & Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventure (Spotted Dog Press, $34.95). In his review of the first edition in the 1980 AAJ Charles Houston said, “It is by far his finest work and rivals any other in print; it will stand equal to Tom Hornbein’s splendid Everest: the West Ridge. It’s a book to be read again and again and to feast on in times of despair.” If anything, those words are even more accurately descriptive of this new edition which features 10 new essays in addition to the original 13. As Robert Redford notes in the introduction it is the most personal of Rowell’s books. Spotted Dog Press has produced a particularly elegant edition here; the color printing is excellent—in many cases an improvement on the original edition’s color saturation and detail. The Preface and Photographic Notes at the end have the uncanny and heartbreaking effect of Rowell speaking to us from beyond. Charlie Houston was right about this one: we’re lucky to have it.

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