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History Association Hosts Lecture on “Canyons and Ice” on Thursday

April 02
15:07 2014

The Glen Canyon History Association hosts a lecture by adventure author Dick Griffith about his book “Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith” on Thursday evening at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.

Canyons and IceGriffith’s book “Canyons and Ice” recounts his remarkable wilderness journeys across Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West over the past six decades. On at least one of these trips he barely survived.

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.

Unlike most of his celebrated antecedents, however, Griffith s motives for seeking a life of risk and hardship had nothing to do with a desire for wealth or prestige. As this gripping and inspiring book explains, Griffith is simply afflicted with an irresistible inclination to attempt what others say can t be done.

When asked what possesses a man to repeatedly strike out alone across hundreds of miles of rugged, lonely country,  Griffith replies

Every so often, it s just time to walk.”

Griffith’s presentation this Thursday, April 3, is part of the Glen Canyon Lecture Series. It starts at 7pm at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam on Highway 89. Doors open at 6:40pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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