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Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge

Roberts, David

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ISBN 10: 1594850054 / ISBN 13: 9781594850059
Published by Mountaineers Books, 2006
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Title: Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the ...

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: F First Edition.

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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?

About the Author:

DAVID ROBERTS is an accomplished mountaineer and the author of more than twenty books, including several published by The Mountaineers Books (Escape Routes, Moments of Doubt, Sandstone Spine) as well as many others, including True Summit (about Herzog and Annapurna) and The Last of His Kind, a biography of Bradford Washburn. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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