Comrades on the Colca: A Race for Adventure and Incan Treasure in One of the World's Last Unexplored Canyons

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Price
$17.00
Publisher
Bower House
Publish Date
Pages
254
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781942280354

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About the Author

A former reporter for the Denver Business Journal and 14-year editor-in-chief of Paddler magazine, Eugene Buchanan has written about the outdoors for more than 25 years, from covering the X Games for ESPN.com to working for NBC at the Beijing Olympics. A Business/Economics graduate of Colorado College, where he captained his NCAA lacrosse team, the former ski patrol, kayak instructor and sea kayak and raft guide also enjoys a successful freelance career, with articles published in the New York Times, Men's Journal, Sports Afield, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Adventure Journal, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Backcountry, 5280, Bike, Mountain Bike and other publications.A member of New York's prestigious Explorer's Club, he is also the founder of Paddling Life (www.paddlinglife.net), and a Contributing Editor for Powder and Canoe & Kayak magazines.An avid adventurer with several first descents to his credit, Buchanan's passion for traveling, writing and paddling has taken him to more than 30 countries on six of the seven continents, from Australia and Africa to South America and Siberia. A contributor to Men's Journal's The Great Lifeanthology, his first stand-alone book, Brothers on the Bashkaus, was released by Fulcrum Publishing in 2008. His second book, Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids, a winner of the Living Now Book Awards, was released by Heliconia Press in 2010, and his third book, Comrades on the Colca, will be published by Conumdrum Press in spring 2016. He lives with his wife, Denise, and two daughters, Brooke, 16, and Casey, 13, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., just a block away from the Yampa River.

Reviews

For a river-runner, Peru s Colca Canyon twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, far narrower, more technical and remote is the Ultimate Challenge. Eugene Buchanan s account of not just running the Colca but several more wild South American descents is a wild-river classic, worthy of every canyon corner and page turn. Jon Bowermater, National Geographic Adventurer"
A rip-roaring adventure, packed with weird legends, peopled with obsessive characters, and shot through with ambitions as big and unbridled as the great river that spills through this crazy, picaresque tale. Hampton Sides, author, Ghost Soldiers"
It s crazy, zany, and full of fun. High adventure, yes, but in the broadest sense of the word, mixing the physical adventure of a first descent into the deepest canyon of the world with a quest for gold, a race to the finish, and more wacko characters than you can stuff into a packraft. Jon Turk, author, The Raven s Gift"
Buchanan weaves the history and the exciting story of a contemporary expedition with the clean skill of an expert kayaker running a life or death drop. And he has earned every page, with his paddle and his pen. Peter Heller, author, The Dog Stars"
[Eugene Buchanan s] rich flashbacks to previous paddling adventures, like a fatality on the Rio Negro in Colombia, an exploratory mission on Ecuador s Rio Quitos, and an ant-addled, jaguar-stalked, flood-ravaged descent of Peru s Rio Tambopata add penetrating perspective to his tale, lending it a depth that makes it an instant classic among legendary paddle tomes. The Denver Post"
For devotees of over-the-top, no-hold-barred whitewater adventure, Eugene Buchanan s Brothers on the Bashkaus has long been the gold standard when it comes to a truly epic river story. But with Comrades on the Colca, Buchanan appears to have outdone even himself (which is no mean feat). Hang on tight and brace for the ride of a lifetime." Kevin Fedarko, author, The Emerald Mile"
From one of the greatest outdoor writers, a terrific story of adventure and resilience. Porter Fox, author, Deep"
"A rip-roaring adventure, packed with weird legends, peopled with obsessive characters, and shot through with ambitions as big and unbridled as the great river that spills through this crazy, picaresque tale." --Hampton Sides, author, Ghost Soldiers
"It's crazy, zany, and full of fun. High adventure, yes, but in the broadest sense of the word, mixing the physical adventure of a first descent into the deepest canyon of the world with a quest for gold, a race to the finish, and more wacko characters than you can stuff into a packraft." --Jon Turk, author, The Raven's Gift
"Buchanan weaves the history and the exciting story of a contemporary expedition with the clean skill of an expert kayaker running a life or death drop. And he has earned every page, with his paddle and his pen." --Peter Heller, author, The Dog Stars
"[Eugene Buchanan's] rich flashbacks to previous paddling adventures, like a fatality on the Rio Negro in Colombia, an exploratory mission on Ecuador's Rio Quitos, and an ant-addled, jaguar-stalked, flood-ravaged descent of Peru's Rio Tambopata--add penetrating perspective to his tale, lending it a depth that makes it an instant classic among legendary paddle tomes." --The Denver Post
"For devotees of over-the-top, no-hold-barred whitewater adventure, Eugene Buchanan's Brothers on the Bashkaus has long been the gold standard when it comes to a truly epic river story. But with Comrades on the Colca, Buchanan appears to have outdone even himself (which is no mean feat). Hang on tight and brace for the ride of a lifetime." --Kevin Fedarko, author, The Emerald Mile
"For a river-runner, Peru's Colca Canyon - twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, far narrower, more technical and remote--is the Ultimate Challenge. Eugene Buchanan's account of not just running the Colca but several more wild South American descents is a wild-river classic, worthy of every canyon corner and page turn." --Jon Bowermater, National Geographic Adventurer
"From one of the greatest outdoor writers, a terrific story of adventure and resilience." --Porter Fox, author, Deep
"In his new book, Eugene Buchanan, a renowned journalist and paddler, recounts the wild race between his team of explorers and a Polish group in 2008. Both teams were in search of Incan artifacts in part of Peru's Colca Canyon. Expert first-person narrative tells of incredible adventure in a riveting tale of ambition, peril, and discovery. " --Gear Junkie