Breaking Through the Clouds

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Pruett Publishing, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 164 pages
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Inspired by his ranger days in Rocky Mountain national park over forty years ago and by his recent pilgrimage to Hareny Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Richard Fleck has created these descriptive essays. The mountains are a constant source of spiritual renewal, enabling him to become more aware and whole.

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CHAPTER Two High in the Mummy Range
CHAPTER FOUR Where I and is Mostly Sky
CHAPTER S1x Viva Los Pecos y La Sierra de San Juan
CHAPTER EIGHT Solace of Dinosaur Ridge
CHAPTER TEN Rambles Along the Mosquito Range
CHAPTER TWELVE Mountains Over the Desert
Black Elks Prayer Atop Harney Peak

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About the author (2004)

Richard F. Fleck's first published work, Palms, Peaks and Prairies, was published in 1967 when he was a young professor of English at the University of Wyoming. After twenty-five years (1965-1990) of teaching literature on the high plains of Wyoming and publishing numerous books including Henry Thoreau and John Muir Among the Indians and Critical Perspectives on Native American Literature and introductions to trade paperback editions of Thoreau and Muir, he and his wife Maura moved to Denver where he became a college dean on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado until his retirement. During this period of time (1990-2001) he published A Colorado River Reader (2000) and in retirement wrote and published a collection of his mountaineering essays Breaking Through the Clouds (2005); a new and expanded edition of this book entitled Desert Rims to Mountains High, WestWinds Press/The Pruett Series. His new mountaineering, biographical and literary essays as well as his poetry and short fiction can be seen online at (which is now a featured hub). Fleck is a contributor to the Kindle Book, Funny Travel Stories, 2012 and is also author of a brand new Kindle Book, Canada and Beyond: Poems of Other Lands. He is married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

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