Outside Magazine author to speak on Grand Canyon – Thurs, Oct 23

Author Kevin Fedarko will be giving a program on his book, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride In History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon.

The program is presented by the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas. The program is scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 pm, SteamPlant Ballroom, Salida, CO. A $5.00 donation is suggested at the door.

Fedarko’s work for Outside Magazine has taken him to some of the world’s most dramatic places, from Kashmir’s Siachen Glacier to Everest Base Camp and Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His deepest connection, however, is to the river where he spent nearly a decade researching and writing The Emerald Mile, a chronicle of the most ferocious flood in the modern history of the Grand Canyon.

This portrait of the runoff of 1983-a surge that threatened to take out the Glen Canyon Dam while serving as a hydraulic catapult for a tiny wooden dory and a quest for a historic speed record-offers a true-to-life adventure story in the heart of the most iconic landscape feature in the country. In the year since the book’s debut, however, The Emerald Mile has also emerged as a platform for advocating against a roster of developments that threaten to permanently destroy the canyon’s unrivaled grandeur.

Fedarko’s presentation will blend storytelling with conservation, beauty with ugliness, and inspiration with a sense of outrage over a series of assaults that currently beset the crown jewel of America’s national park system.

The program is co-sponsored by Dave and Maureen Schultz of River Front Condominiums.

Following the program at the SteamPlant, the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas will hold a social at Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, 144 West First Street, Salida, with Kevin Fedarko. Wood’s Distillery will donate a portion of each drink purchased to the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas.

A private breakfast will be held on Friday, October 24 with Kevin Fedarko. Part of the cost will benefit the conservation work of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas. The location will be in Salida at 8:00 am and the cost is $40/person, which includes breakfast. Pre-registration is required and there are only six slots remaining. Please call the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas office at 719-539-7700 to register.

For more information about the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas and how to become a member, please visit www.ltua.org or call (719) 539-7700.

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is a non-profit, membership based organization that protects important natural, agricultural, scenic, historic lands, and the water resources and riparian areas in Chaffee, Lake, Fremont, Saguache, and Park counties to enhance the quality of life for people in the region. The Land Trust currently protects over 3,200 acres in Central Colorado by working with land owners in the establishment of conservation easement and restoration projects. For more information on conservation easements and programs, or to make a donation, contact the Land Trust at 719-539-7700 or [email protected] To visit the website go to www.ltua.org.

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