Rust: A Life in the Canyons
“This is a very significant
work, for the reason that Rust was a very significant figure in Colorado River
and Plateau history . . . . When the Kolbs came down Glen Canyon in 1911, he was
there. When Galloway was bear hunting in the Henry Mountains, Rust was there.
When Charles Butler Hunt was making his geologic surveys of the Colorado Plateau
in the 1930s, he ran into Dave Rust. Rust was a commercial outfitter in Glen Canyon
at least ten years before Norm Nevills, generally thought to be the pioneer in
that field. . . .well researched and well written,
with a real feel for the subject of the biography and for his life and times.”
River historian and author of
and Handsome: The River Journals of Norman D. Nevills and
If We Had a Boat: Green River Explorers,
Adventurers and Runners
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only does Swanson effectively trace Rust's life as a naturalist and thinker, but
his political interests as well. He also pulls out genuine nuggets that tell the
reader how Rust's personal values measured up. . . .Perhaps the greatest contribution
of this book, however, it its rich descriptions of southern Utah."
Lythgoe, Deseret News
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a college drop-out, Rust was a footloose intellectual who preferred to guide small
parties, rather than squads of tourists, and on obscure trails of, say, the Escalante
Wilderness, than on the paved paths of national parks. His textbooks were the
mountains and canyons. Over his long career, he never strayed far from the Colorado
Plateau. That was world enough for him."
Richard H. Dillon,
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. .thoroughly researched and intelligently interpreted. . . ."
Topping, author of Glen Canyon and the San Juan Country, in Utah