Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure

Images from a month-long trip with friends in 1999.


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Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Richard Boyden
Richard Boyden says:
Sep 18, 2013 11:00 AM
Do you ever see Ed Abbey back in there? Or his ghost? He wrote about these areas a lot in his books. I got a standing order of his books from the Back o' beyond bookstore in Moab and read them all, and learned a lot about him, but after awhile I felt like I was reading about myself. Towards the end, he gets really gruesome in his misery, a mirror of what I was going through for a long time--longer than I thought possible. Getting into the back country is great if you can afford it. But you have to come out and earn a living so you can go back in again. I lived in Arizona mostly during the '90's and after reading your "secret knowledge of water" I knew what you were talking about because I was living there. I camped at the Quartzsite LTVA several winters and would go to Flag in the summer.
Hal Partenheimer
Hal Partenheimer says:
Sep 30, 2013 07:50 AM
Child's book 'The Secret Knowledge of Water' remains one of the best, most captivating books I've read with the exception perhaps of Abbey's 'Desert Solitaire'. While 'Solitaire' addressed a broader number of issues of Abbey's day, Child's experience in the back country of Arizona is a singular focus of the austere beauty of the region and the commitment required to survive its extremes. His 'Soul of Nowhere' is excellent too.
Rodger Schmitt
Rodger Schmitt says:
Oct 07, 2013 01:55 PM
I spent a career working in the outdoors trying to touch people with the knowledge, understanding, & respect that Craig oozes out to us in his writings.