This book should be required reading for all who believe
New Mexico is nothing but plains, mesas, and cacti. It
proves in spectacular fashion that the Land of
Enchantment is very much a mountain state, with at least
sixty summits 12,000 feet or higher.
Mike Butterfield has spent forty years hiking these high
mountains, and his magnificent images are paired here
with the chronicle of his adventures.
To help readers become acquainted with his beloved
mountains, Butterfield divides the high peaks of northern
New Mexico into their geographical regions, each with its
unique geology, history, and plants and animals.
Butterfield's primary focus, however, remains on the
peaks, which have attracted generations of hikers,
backpackers, climbers, hunters, and horsemen.
To assist those visitors, Butterfield covers not only named
summits but also the many individual points exceeding
12,000 feet. He includes valuable information about
important trails and trailheads, access points, and, for
carbound visitors, places from which the mountains can
be most favorably viewed
In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores.
James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever."
The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.
With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.
Hampton Sides will be introduced by screenwriter, journalist, and Santa Fe resident William Broyles. Broyles created the television show, China Beach, and went on to write scripts for a number of films, including Cast Away, The Polar Express, Jarhead, Unfaithful, and Apollo 13, which he co-wrote with Texas Monthly writer Al Reinert (Broyles was the founding editor of Texas Monthly). Broyles graduated from Rice University and has an M.A. from Oxford University. He also served with the Marines in Vietnam, was the editor in chief of Newsweek magazine, and is the author of Brothers in Arms.
Hampton Sides is the author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and other bestselling works of narrative history. Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside Magazine and has written for such periodicals as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire, Preservation, and Men’s Journal. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.
Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative which has sold slightly over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. Hampton's Blood and Thunder, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine and is currently under development for the screen.
A native of Memphis with a BA in history from Yale, Hampton has guest lectured at Columbia, Stanford, SMU, Yale, and Colorado College, among other institutions. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Anne and their three boys.