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A Photographer's Life by Jack Dykinga

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CHAPTER 9Bowden—One Person Can Make a Difference

It was 1981 and I had an idea (apparently ahead of my time) of leading wilderness trips while teaching photography in the field. Southwestern Wilderness Travel was born. I remember leading amateur photographers through Paria Canyon’s 36 miles of boulder-strewn wading, quicksand, and brilliant sandstone walls dissecting the Colorado Plateau. It was heaven. Carrying a double pack (a client suffered a leg injury and couldn’t carry the load), or wriggling from my bivi-sack in a rainstorm that had transformed our camp into a muddy pit, seemed wonderful. Shouldering my pack, with horizontal rain pelting my face, I couldn’t stop smiling; knowing the worst day in Paria was better than the best day at any ...

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