280 p., 110 color plates, 3 maps, 7 x 9
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 from a string of
fearless firsts: pioneering rafting down the Green and Colorado rivers, skiing solo
across the icy Northwest Passage, and being the first non-native to drop into the
treacherous Barranca Del Cobre in Mexico. In this 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.
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.
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 . . . As this gripping and inspiring book explains,
Griffith is simply ‘afflicted’ with an irresistible inclination to attempt what
others say can’t be done.”
—Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air,
Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory.