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Big Walls, Swift Waters

Epic Stories from Yosemite Search and Rescue

by Charles R. “Butch” Farabee

Publication date: July 11, 2017

When we say “epic,” we mean epic. From the literal cliffhanger to the real raging waters, the stories in Big Walls, Swift Waters will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat.

Most of Yosemite National Park’s nearly four million annual visitors leave the park without a scratch. For a few, however, a vacation in this renowned land of cliffs and waterfalls takes a turn for the terrifying. That’s where the YOSAR team comes in.

Yosemite Search and Rescue, otherwise known as YOSAR, is one of the premiere  search and rescue teams in the world. The men and women of YOSAR work around the clock, ready to respond at any hour in any weather. It’s not all helicopter  heroics and plucking unlucky rock jocks off the mountain wall. It also means helping  the teen with the busted ankle, finding the missing child, and rescuing the newlyweds whose raft implodes on a river.

Author and legendary YOSAR team member Butch Farabee relates tales of endurance and survival, misadventure and fatal consequences

  • A young hiker sets off on a winter day with no plan, no survival gear, not even a warm jacket. When he tumbles off a frozen trail, shattering  bones, nobody  even knows he is missing.
  • High  above  the  Valley floor,  a climber  is knocked  unconscious by  a falling  rock; he dangles bleeding  from the sheer rock wall.
  • A family on a short hike realizes that  their  young  son has wandered  off. They search frantically  but  can find  no  sign  of  him.  Fortunately,  the  brave  men  and  women  of Yosemite Search and Rescue are there to help.

A must-read for thrill-seekers, armchair travelers, outdoor adventurers, national  park visitors, and expert explorers, Big Walls, Swift Waters will give readers the inside story on the elite YOSAR team, and provide inspiration (and information) for adventure.

About Butch Farabee

In his 34 years with the National Park Service, Charles R. “Butch”  Farabee rose from protection ranger to superintendent and responded to more than 900 search and rescue missions. Ten years and 800 of those missions were in Yosemite National Park.

About Yosemite Conservancy

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. Work funded by the Conservancy is visible throughout the park, in trail rehabilitation, wildlife protection, and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is also dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing  a deeper connection to the park through outdoor  programs, volunteering, wilderness services, and its bookstore. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided more than $100 million in grants to Yosemite National Park.

About the Book

Big Walls, Swift Waters: Epic Stories from Yosemite Search and Rescue

Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy | yosemite.org

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Outdoors  | 224 pages  | ISBN 978-1930238-74-9| $22.99 paperback original

Full color with more than 200 photographs and illustrations

Contact: Sharon Donovan, Publicist

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (415) 328-6061