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Finding Everett Ruess - The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer

David Roberts

The definitive biography of Everett Ruess, the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess became friends with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first "outsiders" to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness. When he vanished without a trace in November 1934, Ruess left behind thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, as well as more than a hundred watercolor paintings and blockprint engravings. Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, while the mystery of his death remains one of the greatest riddles in the annals of American adventure. David Roberts began probing the life and death of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure magazine in 1998. Finding Everett Ruess is the result of his personal journeys into the remote areas explored by Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the young vagabond and with Ruess's closest living relatives, and his deep immersion in Ruess's writings and artwork. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild's Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart.

The definitive biography of Everett Ruess, the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess became friends with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first "outsiders" to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness. When he vanished without a trace in November 1934, Ruess left behind thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, as well as more than a hundred watercolor paintings and blockprint engravings. Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, while the mystery of his death remains one of the greatest riddles in the annals of American adventure. David Roberts began probing the life and death of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure magazine in 1998. Finding Everett Ruess is the result of his personal journeys into the remote areas explored by Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the young vagabond and with Ruess's closest living relatives, and his deep immersion in Ruess's writings and artwork. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild's Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart.
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The definitive biography of Everett Ruess, the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess became friends with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first "outsiders" to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness. When he vanished without a trace in November 1934, Ruess left behind thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, as well as more than a hundred watercolor paintings and blockprint engravings. Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, while the mystery of his death remains one of the greatest riddles in the annals of American adventure. David Roberts began probing the life and death of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure magazine in 1998. Finding Everett Ruess is the result of his personal journeys into the remote areas explored by Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the young vagabond and with Ruess's closest living relatives, and his deep immersion in Ruess's writings and artwork. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild's Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

13h 9m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:04


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:51


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:29


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:32


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:39


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:40


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:38


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:57


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:28


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:11


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:58


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:42


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:33


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:26


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:27


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:08


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:38


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:59


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:32


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:41


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:39


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:34


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:00


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:50


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:15


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:15


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:01


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:37


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:47


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:27


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:03


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:25


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:29


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:57


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:19


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:50


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:11


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:21


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

00:42