Grand canyon

It is really very simple: If you love the Grand Canyon, as I'm sure most of us do, then you must have yourself a copy of Pete McBride's luminous, glorious, splendid "The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim.”

The Grand Canyon is, of course, one of the most magnificent places in the world. This vast canyon, carved through living living rock over millions of years, is an ecological marvel where unique and diverse ecosystems, flora, fauna and riparian wonders abound. A place where millennia upon millennia of geologic evolution can be observed, though not comprehended, in a single glance.

As Pete explained at the beginning of his excellent film, "Into The Canyon,” while many hundreds of thousands of us have taken the sublime journey through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, very, very few have taken the most arduous of journeys, to hike between the river and the rim, from the beginning to the end of one of the most revered, iconic and wondrous of our national parks. (The film was released in January 2019, premiered at the Wheeler Opera House and is currently being shown on the National Geographic Channel.)

According to Pete's calculations, he and writer Kevin Fedarko climbed over 150,000 vertical feet (equivalent to five Mt. Everest climbs, minus the oxygen deprivation) and risked life, limb and sanity to complete this challenging journey and bring these amazing photographs home (literally to my home, as I have the awesome and beautiful photograph of Nankoweap and the ancient Puebloan granaries under a full moon that graces the contents page hanging on my wall).

The photographs are breathtaking, from sweeping panoramas of crags and canyons that reach toward an infinite horizon to intricate close-ups of indigenous flora and fauna in all their exquisite glory (many of which are found only in the Canyon). There are some fine photos and portraiture of our heroes as they make their way across this epochal landscape. There is also excellent photojournalism of the continuing fight by the local indigenous nations, who have put aside their differences to fight to preserve the canyon and defeat such projects as the Grand Canyon Escalade, with their lying promises of employment and financial sustainability in exchange for support of this abomination, not to mention those gathering to protest and prevent ruthless mining companies from defiling rim and river with their environmentally destructive projects.

Get Pete's book; it is a treasure.