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Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth (Paperback)

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A splendid read by Dan Richards sharing his trekking travels reaching into remote, edgy places where desolation appears to reign over vast landscape. Where most would find extreme isolation, Richards finds wonder and awe in elements most of us are unaware of. If you’ve mused about far, remote landscapes, well then,THIS is your book. --Marilyn

— From Marilyn

A philosophical, erudite examination of some truly remote, stone-silent little spots in the middle of nowhere, often peppered with generous measures of self-deprecating wit. This is a marvelous antidote to our ever-demanding digital world. --Todd

— From Todd


There are still wild places out there on our crowded planet.

Through a series of personal journeys, Dan Richards explores the appeal of far-flung outposts in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans, and deserts. Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watch lookouts of Washington State; from Iceland's "Houses of Joy" to the Utah desert; frozen ghost towns in Svalbard to shrines in Japan; Roald Dahl's writing hut to a lighthouse in the North Atlantic, Richards explores landscapes which have inspired writers, artists, and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? What can we do to protect them? And what does the future hold for outposts on the edge?

About the Author

Dan Richards is the co-author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood), and the author of The Beechwood Airship Interviews and Climbing Days. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, Harper's Bazaar, Caught by the River, Monocle, and the Quietus. He is an RLF Fellow at Bristol University. @Dan_Zep

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786891570
ISBN-10: 1786891573
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English