Elk River Books presents two authors, park ranger Orville Bach and long-distance paddler Rod Wellington, for a signing of their books during the downtown Livingston art walk on Friday, September 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Orville Bach has worked for 43 years as a seasonal ranger, mostly in Yellowstone National Park. He is the author of Hiking the Yellowstone Backcountry, Exploring the Yellowstone Backcountry, Tracking the Spirit of Yellowstone and his newest book, Reflections from Yellowstone and Beyond: 43 Years as a Seasonal Ranger. This book provides insights into Yellowstone’s geologic wonders, its complex issues, and into working and living in the park during all four seasons. Bach takes the reader along on backpacking, paddling and ski-touring adventures throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Rod Wellington is the first Canadian (and North American) to kayak the Missouri-Mississippi river system from source to sea, a distance of 3800 miles. The solo journey took 256 days to complete. This marked the completion of the first stage of his “Magnificent Seven Expedition,” a personal quest to descend the longest river system on each continent from source to sea using only human-powered transportation. His new book, River Angels, takes readers behind the scenes for a candid look at the simultaneous organization of three self-propelled expeditions and introduces the world to a network of altruistic “river angels” – riverside citizens who not only assist long-distance paddlers, but also help preserve and promote the rivers they love.
Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.