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Canyon Crossing

Night is erased from the edges of the sky on a May morning. The sun prepares to
transform the canyon. The bluer tones of dawn will soon lift and reveal the earthy
colors soaked into the rocks. Into the soft morning light, six friends set off on
the South Kaibab Trail.

Canyon Crossing
Experiencing Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim
by
Seth Muller
Grand Canyon Association, 2011

A narrative about the author's exploration of the corridor trails of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, this book introduces
the inner recesses of the national park with a mixture of storytelling, interviews and descriptive prose.

The National Park Service defines "corridor trails" as those receiving regular maintenance and patrols by park rangers. At the Grand Canyon, there are three such trails. On the South Rim, there are the Bright Angel Trail, the River Trail and the South Kaibab Trail; on the North Rim, visitors hike the North Kaibab Trail.

"People travel from all over the country and the world for the chance to walk or run from one side of the canyon to the other - or from either rim to the very bottom on foot or mule," Seth Muller explains. "The journey etches itself into the memory of its travelers, to radiate for years. Grand Canyon guides speak of clients contacting them five, ten, and fifteen years after a trip to reconnect with their fond memories of the grandest of chasms."

Muller similarly revisits fond memories and favorite treks accumulated during a decade of Grand Canyon journalism in this volume, recounting his journeys along these trails and the rangers, muleskinners, artists, ultra-marathoners and fellow hikers encountered along the way.

"The canyon challenges us to stare at it and think about it. To contemplate our own tiny lives."

Indeed.

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