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Summary

An off-the-wall odyssey that tells the story of how one man's passion for the natural world fueled the creation of an extraordinary and unlikely institution in the American West. It also shows how the passion of youth is tempered and ripens with age into a balanced view of a natural world. Jim Stiles arrived in Utah in 1975, a follower of the cult of Ed Abbey, a copy of Desert Solitaire in his backpack, and a dream of preserving the natural beauty of the American Southwest via any means. Three decades on, with most of the Ed Abbey followers having long ago dispersed, Stiles remains a one-man show who has devoted his life to carrying on Abbey's legacy.

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