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One of the great wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon has long enticed visitors to gaze down upon its expansive beauty. For others, it is best observed from the river that flows through its majestic walls. In The Hidden Canyon, renowned photographer and river guide John Blaustein and environmental hero and bestselling author Edward Abbey document their epic journey through the canyon from the vantage point of the Colorado River. Abbey's humorous and lyrical journal, accompanied by Blaustein's stunning photography, recalls the excitement and wonder of navigating the alternating calm and churning waters of the Colorado with a group of fellow adventurers in small wooden rowboats known as dories. This revised and updated edition, including dozens of new photographs and an afterword by Kevin Fedarko, captures the grandeur of the canyon and depicts their life-altering journeys through hundreds of miles of breathtaking landscapes, secret gardens, stunning wildlife, and demanding white water.
John Blaustein has served as guide and boatman on more than fifty river trips in the Grand Canyon. His photographs have appeared in two previous books, as well as in countless advertisements. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Edward Abbey (19271989) was a novelist, essayist, social critic, and outspoken defender of the American wilderness. His many books include Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Martin Litton is the founder of Grand Canyon Dories and the recipient of the John Muir Award the Sierra Club's most prestigious award. In 2004 at the age of 87, he broke his own record as the oldest person to run the Grand Canyon, rowing the entire trip in a dory.
Kevin Fedarko lives in New Mexico and works as a part-time river guide in Grand Canyon National Park. He is the author of The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon. He's written for Outside, Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and more.