Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon. It's available in Phx at REI, also online at pumapress.org or amazon.
It's taken a combined total of 17 years between Elias Butler and Tom Myers (who co-wrote the book Death in Grand Canyon) to produce the history of Harvey Butchart, Grand Canyon's accomplished explorer. The authors wrapped Butchart's story around the history of foot exploration in the Canyon and it's a big book - 460 pages, 170 images.
Included are chapters on Colin Fletcher, Butchart's air mattress floats on the Colorado (through both Glen and Grand Canyons), butte-climbing, rim-to-river routes, the fallout of Butchart's obsession within his family, and profiles and stories of other extreme hikers such as Robert Eschka, who hiked from Moab to Lake Mead and back along the Colorado in 1983 before committing suicide, and others such as George Steck.
Butler and Myers appear at Burton Barr LIbrary in downtown Phx on April 8, 2008, 7pm.
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