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Introduction--by John Nichols
By the time Everett Ruess disappeared, he had fashioned a magnificent obsession that probably killed him.
His determination to plod alone through the southwestern wilderness was so fierce and arrogant that at time he seemed to be utterly consumed. Eventually, it is probable he lost all understanding of natural scale or human endurance. And along the way that ordinary awareness of danger we human beings carry must also have dissolved from his consciousness.