John Blaustein started rowing in the Grand Canyon in 1970 as one of the first river guides with Martin Litton’s Grand Canyon Dories. Having been a guide on more than 80 trips during his 40+ years on the river, Blaustein still rows the river once or twice a year. In addition to photographing the Grand Canyon, he does commercial assignments that have taken him around the world. Blaustein lives in Berkeley, California.
Edward Abbey (1927–1989) was a novelist, essayist, social critic, and outspoken defender of the American wilderness. His many books include Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Martin Litton (1917-2014) was the founder of Grand Canyon Dories and the recipient of the John Muir Award—the Sierra Club’s most prestigious honor. In 2004, Litton celebrated his 87th birthday by rowing a dory down the 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and became the oldest person in the world to do so.
Kevin Fedarko has written for Outside, Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and other publications and was on the staff of Time Magazine. His book, The Emerald Mile, won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Reading the West Award and was a New York Times bestseller.