Recommended reading for recipients of the Beagle II Award, a scientific
discovery and exploration program of Stanford University...
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A World-wide Eco-adventurer Unlocks Nature's Spiritual
by David Lee Drotar
176 pages, perfect bound
"Life's transitions are sometimes icy, often scary. The more we
think about them, the more difficult they seem," writes David
Lee Drotar in this collection of penetrating essays. Where others may
see only trees or waterfalls, Drotar sees broader psychological, social
and sometimes political implications in the outdoor adventures he pursues.
Steep Passages skillfully draws parallels between the natural
world and the people who are finding their way through it. Whether describing
the unusual reproductive mechanisms of lizards in the Galapagos Islands,
dialoging with French teenagers about American television, or chronicling
his September 11 experiences on the Rideau canal in Canada, Drotar's
engaging stories yield surprise and meaning around every bend in the
At a time when we're all less sure about where our lives are headed,
Steep Passages takes us on a literary journey that is destined
to become a classic of modern nature writing. From the ski slopes of
New England to the mountain bazaars of Africa, Drotar weaves powerful
sensory images, history and metaphor in an almost mystical narrative
that crosses all cultural boundaries and captures the essence of what
it means to be human.
From Steep Passages:
"... Feet squishing inside my sneakers, I walked over the pristine
sand to the center of the cove and looked at the sea straight ahead framed
by cliffs rising on each side. There were no roads, no paths, no clear
entrance or exit points. This scene existed only at this moment. How had
we arrived here? Maybe like the sea creatures clinging to the rocks, it
was a little by design, mostly by happenstance."
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About the author:
David Lee Drotar is the award-winning author of seven books including Hiking: Pure & Simple, the first complete book devoted exclusively to hiking. His work appears widely in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Toronto Globe & Mail, New York Post and other major publications.
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