Grand obsession: Harvey Butchart and the exploration of Grand Canyon

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Puma Press, Aug 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 457 pages
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"Among his Grand Canyon disciples, Harvey achieved legendary status long before his death due to natural causes in May 2002. Ever since the 1950s, his name had been synonymous with mastery of the wild and Byzantine Grand Canyon back country. Here was someone who routinely stood at the rim of this mile-deep gorge and decided to find his own way to the bottom .... his greatest legacy was what he created for others -- 1079 typewritten pages in which he carefully recorded his treks -- a massive document that represents the fruits of nearly three year's worth of days spent indefatigably striding through the Canyon's unknown regions. Typed in a dense, meticulous voice, each page of Harvey's logbooks reveals a sharpened mind capable of photographically memorizing the minutiae of each side canyon, every turn in the Canyon's great form, each route he had found through its cliffs. Eventually Harvey's inveterate chronicling would become the basics for the first ever Grand Canyon back country guidebooks: Grand Canyon treks (1970), Grand Canyon treks II (1975) and Grand Canyon Treks III (1984)" -- Prologue.

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Review: Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon

User Review  - Jfsbaker01 - Goodreads

The book is well written. The black and white photos of the Grand Canyon are breath taking. Harvey's life was interesting; born in China the son of missionaries, moved to America after the death of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Todd Martin - Goodreads

Grand Obsession is a biography of Harvey Butchart, arguably the most prolific Grand Canyon hiker of all time. The book follows his life from birth in China in 1907 to missionary parents to death at ... Read full review

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