Former National Park ranger and renowned author, Jon Waterman, has penned a new book, ‘Atlas of Wild America,’ detailing his treks across U.S. wild terrains. From his early mountaineering days in Maine’s Baxter State Park to his adventures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and journeys along the Colorado River, Waterman shares his encounters with nature, revealing not just physical locations but also the emotional and spiritual impact they’ve had on him.
- Jon Waterman has an extensive background in exploring America’s wild areas, including his service as a ranger in Denali and Rocky Mountain national parks and his first winter ascent of Denali’s Cassin Ridge.
- Waterman emphasizes the importance of preserving wild places, especially in light of population growth, resource development, and climate change, stressing their role as sanctuaries for the soul.
- Among his notable expeditions, Waterman recalls a winter climb in Baxter State Park, Maine; a fishing adventure in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota; and a challenging trek along the dehydrated Colorado River Delta in Baja, highlighting the profound connection between man and nature.
- Through his journeys, Waterman integrates local legends and folklore, as seen in his recounting of the Ojibwe origin story during his time in Minnesota.
- His book, ‘Atlas of Wild America,’ set to release on October 3, offers a deep dive into some of the most pristine and untouched regions of the U.S., emphasizing their value and the urgency to preserve them.