Some of Jim's stories of outfitting--the business of taking men and women into the wilds and supplying them with the necessities of life--are grim, others hilarious. He tells how he reinvented himself as "Doc" Greer, a cross between Holywood's rhinestone image of a cowboy and the real thing; how he struggled with the dangers posed in the high country; how he fought for his authority, and sometimes his life, with headstrong horses and mules; how apparently trivial mistakes he made while hunting bears nearlly got him killed. And how the winter comes--when clients go home and snow closes the roads--the bone-weary, dead-broke, and out-of-work outfitter retreats to town to live by his wits and dream of spring and another year in the high country.
A unique and engaging look at the life of a contemporary outfitter, Riding West should appeal to those interested in fishing, big-game hunting, the American West, or to city slickers who want a taste of life in the great outdoors.
About the Author:
Jim Greer is a graduate of the University of Denver, a former teacher, state official, and college administrator, whose heart is still in the great outdoors.
Charles Miller is a professor emeritus at Western State College, where he taught English, journalism, and film studies for thirty years.
Scott Yeager (illustrator) is a Gunnison wildlife artist and sometime guide whose work is displayed in various Western Slope galleries.