In May 2016, Island Press sent four winners on a hike along the Arizona Trail with author Jason Mark in our Keep It Wild sweepstakes. Here's a bit from Jason about that fantastic trip!

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Here at Island Press, I spend much of my time reading about our authors’ work in wild and remote places from the confines of a desk chair. So last May, I jumped at the chance to venture away from the office on a backpacking trip with Jason Mark,...

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Why is Arizona significant to you and why should it be significant to the rest of the world?

I was born and raised in...

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Out here in the windy expanse of the high, wild, western Great Basin Desert, highway 395 is our lifeline.

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“Rants from the Hill” is cross-posted from High Country News

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Our daughter Caroline is six years old, a fact that is less important to her than the much more exciting fact that she is about to turn seven. The other day Caroline and I were discussing plans for her birthday celebration when she asked, out of nowhere...

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I’ll admit that those of us who live in remote desert places tend to be idiosyncratic, though it is unclear to me whether the weird are attracted to the wild, dry country or if we are instead sculpted by it. And when you live in relative isolation—and in...

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