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Brian
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2/11/2021
Brian
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In a recent thread about Rockhouse Valley, Zegna140 mentioned the book Old Time Cattlemen by Lester Reed. I've seen this mentioned a few places and have been meaning to check it out. I'm wondering what other books people here would recommend. I'm especially interested in the intersection of geography and history. Basically how people have used the remote sections of land we like to visit.

Books I already have include Afoot and Afield by Schad (several editions over the years), Anza Borrego Desert Region by Lindsay, Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles, and The Historic Backcountry by Wray.
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rockhopper
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2/13/2021
rockhopper
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Brian wrote:
In a recent thread about Rockhouse Valley, Zegna140 mentioned the book Old Time Cattlemen by Lester Reed. I've seen this mentioned a few places and have been meaning to check it out. I'm wondering what other books people here would recommend. I'm especially interested in the intersection of geography and history. Basically how people have used the remote sections of land we like to visit.

Books I already have include Afoot and Afield by Schad (several editions over the years), Anza Borrego Desert Region by Lindsay, Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles, and The Historic Backcountry by Wray.


Hi Brian,
All excellent books. My few of my favorites in random order.

Schad would probably be #1 just because of the incredible person he was.

My #2 book is The Lester Reed book. It is a wealth of old timer knowledge and stories. Those ol' timers were tough!




If you are into geology like me. This is a must read.




This one is a little out of range but has a history of the region and its water sources.






The Marshal South book is excellent also. I met one of Marshall Souths Sons on Ghost Mountian years ago. He was doing a Historical society tour with a large group I just happened to climb it that day.
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rockhopper
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2/14/2021
rockhopper
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Brian wrote:
Thanks for the recommendations rockhopper. I remember seeing an announcement about a hike with one of Marshall South's sons that may have been the one you encountered. It was advertised as the last time he would go to Ghost Mountain (probably true since I think he has since passed on). I could have gone to that and I regret that I didn't.




Brian, I remember it was about 10 years ago or so that I met Rider South on Ghost Mountain. Every one there was given a chance to talk with him after the talk. I was talking with him about the freedom and ability to explore the vast wilderness. Marshall Souths book is one of my favorites too. one of my favorite stories is "The lost Emerald mine of Rockhouse Valley". One of my favorite quotes is "Man struggles to grow beyond the primitive, and once he obtains all, he seeks the primitive in his leisure"
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Brian
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2/14/2021
Brian
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rockhopper wrote:
Brian, I remember it was about 10 years ago or so that I met Rider South on Ghost Mountain. Every one there was given a chance to talk with him after the talk. I was talking with him about the freedom and ability to explore the vast wilderness. Marshall Souths book is one of my favorites too. one of my favorite stories is "The lost Emerald mine of Rockhouse Valley". One of my favorite quotes is "Man struggles to grow beyond the primitive, and once he obtains all, he seeks the primitive in his leisure"
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10 years ago sounds right. That's about the time I started going to the desert after I had run out of new hikes to do from Schad's book that were closer to town. I knew enough about Anza Borrego then to know who Rider South was, but not enough to recognize what a unique experience it would be to meet him.
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3/11/2021
dsefcik
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Not a book but if you are into old radio programs, there are several desert / cowboy related programs you can listen to here:

https://www.oldradioworld.com/westernoldtimeradioshows.php

There are many other non desert related shows there as well.

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