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Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge Hardcover – Illustrated, February 15, 2006

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Editorial Reviews


The photographs are fantastic and leave you wanting more of them. (dirtbrothers.org)

A worthy tale…An entertaining read that informs about history and anthropology as we participate in a desert excursion. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)

If serious hiking is your interest, then Sandstone Spine is a must, and destined to become a classic. (Tulsa World)

"The author offers compelling accounts of [his] Southwestern exploration, artfully capturing and articulating what it feels like to 'discover' a remote and pristine ruin… Ultimately, this forceful work of creative nonfiction testifies to the continued capacity of ruins to reveal cultural, as well as autobiographical truths. [It] also speaks to the resonance of the Southwest as a locale filled with enigmatic and haunting antiquities, as the photographs in [Sandstone Spine] attests… [This] book offers eloquent and powerful evidence of the fact that no culture is exempt from extinction." (Don Scheese, of Gustavus Adolphus College ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment)

A must-read for serious hikers and explorers, armchair and boots on the ground types alike, that contemplate visiting this wonderful resource. (Moab Times-Independent)

About the Author

David Roberts

DAVID ROBERTS is an accomplished mountaineer and the author of more than twenty books, including several published by The Mountaineers Books (Escape Routes, Moments of Doubt, Sandstone Spine) as well as many others, including True Summit (about Herzog and Annapurna) and The Last of His Kind, a biography of Bradford Washburn. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
  • Hardcover : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1594850054
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1594850059
  • Product Dimensions : 6.28 x 0.81 x 9.26 inches
  • Publisher : Mountaineers Books; Illustrated Edition (February 15, 2006)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 53 ratings
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