Night Driving: Invention of the Wheel and Other Blues

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"More Kerouac than Kerouac" is just one of the phrases used to describe the life and writing of Dick Dorworth.Featuring the legendary 1975 "Mountain Gazette #30" piece, Night Driving, published in its entirety along with six other poignant tales of adventure, observation and deep reflection about mountains, life and society from the Godfather of the modern road trip: Dick Dorworth.

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Night Driving, Invention of the Wheel & Other Blues, a memoir by Dick Dorworth. Night Driving is a splendid record of one man's personal journey through the backroads and mountain ranges of the world; woven into the history of a wildly experimental, consciousness-expanding era.Part Edward Abbey; part Jack Kerouac; part Thomas Wolfe; part Hunter S. Thompson; Night Driving establishes Dorworth as THE “beat” writer of the mountain community and he may well go down in history as the Godfather of the modern road trip.More than just the travelogues of a world-class skier, legendary climber, and consummate lover of mountains crisscrossing Europe and the Americas; these stories look into the mirror around the early history and development of U.S. ski racing and rock climbing in the wake of W.W. II and through the destructiveness of Vietnam. Rather than palliative tales of youthful antics, escapism and bravado, in that looking glass Dorworth finds the very soul of America and our society. And he doesn't always like what he sees.By searching the depths of his own nature and allowing it to be changed by his experiences, Night Driving bears witness that out of a mind-bending era of drugs, drink, and crazy responses to a crazed world, it's possible to find not only redemption but a deeply creative wisdom.Dorworth's keen observations, filled with admirable honesty, irony and humor are today, sadly, a powerful portent of a world that remains full of questionable government, environmental annihilation and senseless war.Yet unlike many, then and now, who turn on, tune in and drop out, Dorworth's reaction is to embrace “the staggering chore... using whatever tools and talents we have to breath life into the machine; to add humanity to the robot.”

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Passionate about mountains, skiing and the written word, Dick Dorworth has lived, worked, skied and climbed in Europe, Asia, Alaska and South America. Dorworth is widely considered one of the leading pioneers during the 1960s Golden Era of ski racing as well as a pioneering rock climber and original denizen of Yosemite s fabled Camp 4. Dorworth s writing has appeared in many publications, including Ski, Skiing, Powder, Snow Country, Mountain Gazette, Alpinist, Men s Journal, Climbing, New West, Mariah, Wild Duck Review, Summit and Backpacker. At various times Dorworth has also been the men s coach for the U.S. Ski Team and Director of the Aspen Mountain Ski School, speed skiing world record holder (the first human over 105 mph), as well as a climbing guide for the Yosemite Mountaineering School, Shasta Mountain Guides and Exum Mountain Guides in the Grand Tetons. A registered Democrat, Dorworth thinks his party needs more calcium in its diet. He is also a member of the Sierra Club, but thinks Deep Ecology is closer to the mark. Today Dorworth writes, skis and climbs based out of Bozeman, Montana and from Ketchum, Idaho, where he is a reporter and columnist for the Idaho Mountain Express.

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