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"Of all the Grand Canyon books out there, this one stands alone as a classic work showcasing man and nature at their best." -- Lynn Arave, The Deseret Morning News
"Through Butchart's experiences, readers get a feel for how impressive, humbling, unforgiving and fascinating this place is. Read it." -- Amy Maesta, Inside/Outside Southwest
"There's a special word for finding your own way around the Grand Canyon without following established trails: "butcharting," an homage to Harvey Butchart." -- Susan Spano, The Los Angeles Times
"Written by two other Canyon explorers, with personal accounts of their efforts to follow in Butchart's footsteps, this story of a remarkable life transcends biography and becomes gripping adventure." -- Pima County Library and Arizona Historical Society, which named "Grand Obsession" a 2007 Southwest Book of the Year.
"The book is well written and the story of Harvey's life is extremely interesting. I highly recommend this book!" -- Denise Traver, former NPS ranger and author of hitthetrail, a Grand Canyon website.
"Harvey Butchart, the man who has walked over more of the Grand Canyon than any other alive or dead..." --Edward Abbey, writing in his journal at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1969 --Ed Abbey
"Nobody knew the Grand Canyon better than Harvey Butchart did. Now comes our chance to better know Butchart, the enigmatic hiker-explorer who is regarded as the father of American desert canyoneering. "Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon," by Elias Butler and Tom Myers, tells the story of this mild-mannered math professor who turned tenacious below the canyon's rims - logging 12,000 miles on foot, blazing dozens of new routes from rim to river and notching 28 first recorded ascents of buttes and other formidable formations in the canyon's torrid interior. He wrote three famously cryptic backcountry guidebooks that helped cement his status among canyon aficionados as part Superman, part Yoda." --Joe Hudson, The Denver Post
"Harvey Butchart was the legendary hiker and canyoneer who explored more of the Grand Canyon than any other person. He was largely known through his sparse and somewhat cryptic hiking guidebooks. But even more cryptic was Butchart himself. Who was this man, and why did his interest in the canyon become an obsession that consumed his life? You'll find out in this uncommonly well researched, well-structured and well-written biography." --2008 2008 National Outdoor Book Awards web site
At age 19, Tom Myers began celebrating the dawning of each new year by hiking in the Grand Canyon. It is a tradition he and his wife continue to share with their three children. He has co-authored two previous Canyon books, Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon (with Michael Ghiglieri) and Fateful Journey (with Larry Stevens and Chris Becker).
Am currently reading this book for the third time. The authors bring the reality of hiking in the canyon right into your favorite reading chair! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ludus Societus
What a read! If you love the Grand Canyon, you will love this book. It is much more than just about the geography and the geological history of the Canyon. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by M. Jandreau
The authors have done a huge amount of research to bring us the story of the life of this legendary figure, starting with his boyhood in China, and ending with the years after he... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by John Karon
for Grand Canyon and hiking lovers! I dived straight into Harvey's obsession with the Grand Canyon and exploring it. I wish I could do it myself.Published on May 1, 2013 by Dr. Regina Kuehne
The Butchat story is more than just about hiking exploits, but also a lot of great antidotes concerning the depth and mysteries of the canyon.Published on March 9, 2013 by Dale A Jones
This is a wonderful book, worthy of its 2 principal subjects, Harvey Butchart and the Grand Canyon.
A slight, mild-mannered math professor, Harvey Butchart was also a tireless... Read more
I'm not big into writing reviews, so I'll just say this book was a good read. Very well done and laid out in a style that mingles the 2 authors experiences in the Grand Canyon... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by T. J. Weller
I picked up a signed copy (Thanks Tom!) at the north rim of the Grand Canyon during Labor Day weekend in 2010. I started reading it a few days later and was instantly hooked! Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by John9L