Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology

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Andrew Gulliford
University of Oklahoma Press, Apr 18, 2014 - Nature - 440 pages

More college students than ever are majoring in Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Education, or Adventure Education, but fewer and fewer Americans spend any time in thoughtful, respectful engagement with wilderness. While many young people may think of adrenaline-laced extreme sports as prime outdoor activities, with Outdoors in the Southwest, Andrew Gulliford seeks to promote appreciation for and discussion of the wild landscapes where those sports are played.

Advocating an outdoor ethic based on curiosity, cooperation, humility, and ecological literacy, this essay collection features selections by renowned southwestern writers including Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Abbey, Craig Childs, and Barbara Kingsolver, as well as scholars, experienced guides, and river rats. Essays explain the necessity of nature in the digital age, recount rafting adventures, and reflect on the psychological effects of expeditions. True-life cautionary tales tell of encounters with nearly disastrous flash floods, 900-foot falls, and lightning strikes. The final chapter describes the work of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and other exemplars of “wilderness tithing”—giving back to public lands through volunteering, stewardship, and eco-advocacy.

Addressing the evolution of public land policy, the meaning of wilderness, and the importance of environmental protection, this collection serves as an intellectual guidebook not just for students but for travelers and anyone curious about the changing landscape of the West.


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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

A very interesting array of authors and, though I've lived in the Southwest on/off for a number of years, I found most of the articles interesting and informative. There are some authors I've learned ... Read full review

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Probably written as an outdoor adventure text by the author, I found this book an interesting read. It's a compendium of assorted themes written by multiple authors (says the reviewer in his best ... Read full review


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Andrew Gulliford is Professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is the author of Preserving Western History, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, America's Country Schools, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale.

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