By John Annerino
All through background, the canyons of North the United States were pioneered by means of local americans, Spaniards, infantrymen, prospectors, surveyors, and river runners. those canyons are one of the so much wonderful on this planet and supply limitless possibilities for hikers, backpackers, climbers, and modern day adventurers to discover the realm under the horizon line. In Canyoneering, John Annerion bargains an in depth, accomplished consultant to the elemental parts of canyon exploration.
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Was it swimming flood-swept torrents? Was it going without food? Was it nearly dying of thirst? Canyoneering meant all those things to me, too; it also defined the base knowledge and experiences that led up to that spirit quest, as well as subsequent adventures that took me to the far reaches of canyon country: Canyoneering meant entering the granite depths of California's Sierra Nevada, carrying rafts on packhorses, to run the treacherous Forks of the Kern River. It was photographing the trials and tribulations of an Executive Outward group for a national magazine as Fortune 500 CEOs canoed and explored the border canyons of Big Bend National Park.
1150. What were sanctuaries for indigenous peoples, however, frequently proved to be insurmountable barriers for Spanish explorers, anglo pioneers and settlers, and havens for mountain men, prospectors, surveyors, river runners, geologists, artists, and adventurers. The reason was both simple and complex: Nowhere else in North America was the landscape so daunting as it was in the Great Southwest. -Mexico border, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, and Baja California Norte. Formed during the collision of continental plates called the Laramide Revolution sixty-five to seventy million years ago, the Rocky Mountains and the rivers of white water that were spawned were largely responsible for creating some of the deepest, Page 2 narrowest, and most storied canyons in the hemisphere.
The ancestral land of the Pima, Kewevkapaya Yavapai, and Southern Tonto band of Western Apache, the Superstitions had become infa- Page xii mous for tales of Spanish gold, Apache raids, generations of wild-eyed pistol-toting prospectors hypnotized by the myth of the Lost Dutchman's gold, and more than fifty sinister deaths and murders. For a boy and his dogand the throngs of city dwellers who continue to venture into the mountains' storied reachesthere was no more magical and mysterious place. A rough-hewn Sonoran Desert mountain range, its maze of canyons and looming pillars of stone characterized what some lost hikers called the Superstitions' "look-alike" interior, and I never tired of exploring it.
Canyoneering: How to Explore the Canyons of the Great Southwest by John Annerino