The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America, one of the most renowned landmarks on the planet, and the setting of many great stories, but it’s all too infrequent that these stories are told. Every year, millions of people visit, and many don’t stick to the typical Grand Canyon tours. Some have been hiking their entire lives while others are brand new to the experience, and now, with the collaborative effort of 27 Grand Canyon National Park backpackers, the book “On Foot” is being released.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to get up-close and personal with one of America’s greatest remaining wildernesses, “On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories” is a must-read. Taken from the personal journeys of 27 hand-chosen hikers, each with their own background and unique experiences within the wilderness, this is one of the most authentic records of Grand Canyon hiking that has ever been compiled.
Anyone interested in nature, the outdoors, hiking, or even the Grand Canyon itself would do well to give “On Foot” a look, especially if you’re planning on taking a hike there yourself. Some of the information in this book may well save your life someday.
The contributing authors were carefully chosen to represent the broad spectrum of experienced one can have within the wilderness, and it took over six years to compile the essays of these 27 authors. “There are many books and literature about the Grand Canyon, but this is the first book with a collection of unique backpacking experiences. One of the main characteristics is the diversity of its voices. Some are novices and some spent huge amounts of their lives under the rim. Most are like you and me, who love to be outdoors,” said Rick Kempa, the editor of “On Foot”. “These are all true stories from one of America’s great wildernesses.”
A book release party will take place on Saturday, October 4th at the Grand Canyon Trust’s Backyard Patio and Gardens. The event was free and open, and during the release party, 12 of the 27 authors were reading from “On Foot” as well as signing copies of the book on sale at the party.
Do you have a story to tell about the Grand Canyon? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments!