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Canyons and ice : the wilderness travels of Dick Griffith
Other title(s):
Wilderness travels of Dick Griffith
Publication Information:
Eagle River, Alaska : Ember Press, ©2012.
Physical Description:
xiii, 280 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"In Canyons and Ice, Kaylene Johnson recounts the adventures of Dick Griffith, who has undertaken a series of remarkable wilderness journeys across Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West over the past six decades. On at least one of these trips he barely survived. Stoical, utterly self-reliant, and attracted by challenges of immense scale, Griffith brings to mind heroic figures of an earlier, less craven era -- stalwart individuals like Shackleton, Amundsen, Nansen, and Stefansson who explored some of the least hospitable places on earth without benefit of GPS, Gore-Tex, or the possibility of rescue. Unlike most of his celebrated antecedents, however, Griffith s motives for seeking a life of risk and hardship had nothing to do with a desire for wealth or prestige. As this gripping and inspiring book explains, Griffith is simply afflicted with an irresistible inclination to attempt what others say can t be done. When asked what possesses a man to repeatedly strike out alone across hundreds of miles of rugged, lonely country, he replies, Every so often, it s just time to walk."--Page 4 of cover.


Call Number
920.71 Griffith

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Solo travel today is anything but solitary, with the familiar glow of technology and nearly sentient gear as common companions. But for decades one especially daring traveler has set off into the wilderness with little more than a sense of adventure. Dick Griffith is an Alaska legend who made his name with a string of fearless fea: rafting down the Green and Colorado Rivers, skiing solo across the icy Northwest Passage, and being the first nonnative to drop into the treacherous Barranca Del Cobre in Mexico.  

The first full biography of Griffith,  Canyons and Ice  offers a rare look at the man behind the soaring achievements and occasionally death-defying moments.  Both a grand tale of adventure and a reflection on what motivates a man to traverse some of the most remote places on earth, it will set fire to readers' adventurous spirits.

Author Notes

Kaylene Johnson  is the author of five books and numerous articles about Alaska and the people who live there. She lives in Eagle River, Alaska.

Table of Contents

Dick Griffith
Prologuep. vii
Mapsp. x
1 Drylanderp. 3
2 Launchp. 13
3 Isabellep. 23
4 Standdownp. 35
5 Canyons and Characterp. 49
6 Barranca del Cobrep. 71
7 In the Land of Foot Runnersp. 87
8 Call of the Arcticp. 109
9 The Raven Yearsp. 131
10 Landscape of Anguishp. 143
11 Rabiesp. 155
12 Outlawp. 175
13 Meandering a Great Emptinessp. 193
14 As Far as Thought Can Reachp. 211
15 Walking Among Legendsp. 225
16 One Thousand Milesp. 237
17 The Last Onep. 251
Epiloguep. 261
A Notep. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 278