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Adventures of a Nature Guide

Enos A. Mills

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Enos Mills, naturalist and conservationist, was instrumental in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. Like his mentor John Muir, Mills was an intrepid solitary high country rambler, as well as an accomplished Colorado mountain guide. There are mountain tales aplenty in "Adventures of a Nature Guide." At one point, Mills climbs Long's Peak alone in a gale with winds topping 170 mph., "carried away with the wild, elemental eloquence of the storm." Near the summit, the wind is so fierce he cannot make headway, so he concludes to "reverse ends." "Putting a shoulder against a rock point, I allowed the wind to push my legs around. This . . . enabled me to brace effectively with my feet, and also to hang on more securely with my hands. . . There was no climbing; the wind sucked, dragged, pushed, and floated me ever upward."

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Community Reviews

Read for Volunteer Naturalist bookclub. Mills is considered the father of Rocky Mountain National Park. He includes some great anecdotes about experiencing the wilderness; my favorite being one in which he describes how over the course of a couple of days he navigates his way from above treeline bac

Enos Abijah Mills (1870-1922) spent his entire life exploring nature and then sharing his observations with anyone interested. This book, The Adventures of a Nature Guide, was originally printed in 1920 (reprinted in 2015) and Enos died just two years later. Through his fifty-two years, the burning

This is the seventh of the books by Mills that I've read, and I think it's the most personal. Here, he shares not only information about the natural world, but also his thoughts about interacting with others when in the wilderness. Two people are spot-lighted: 8 yr old Harriet Peters who he led to t

What an absolute treat!

These stories were written over a hundred years ago. I enjoyed them, some of his points still apply even in this new millennium.

I have to say, Enos Mills was an amazing person. I can’t say that I entirely believed all of his adventures, but they certainly were interesting.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part describes a series of adventures the author had exploring mountainous regions. The second part contains