Hello to all our friends in the Montana media!
Farcountry Press is excited to announce our distribution of Richard Layne’s new adventure narrative, Inaccessible! Inaccessiblefollows Layne, a lone traveler, into one of the most inhospitable areas of North America, in winter conditions, as he attempts to do what has never been done – gain entry into Hole in the Wall, a high cirque in the remote Livingston Range of Glacier National Park.
Our press release is included, below. We know you and your readers will love this book. Feel free to contact me for a digital press kit, complimentary review copy, or if you are interested contacting the author for an interview.
Alone against the Odds across Glacier’s Snow-clad Peaks
Taut with suspense and life-or-death action, Inaccessible ($19.95 softcover, $27.95 hardcover, Sweetgrass Books, 2013) follows author Richard Layne on four solo treks into Glacier’s backcountry in near-lethal winter conditions.
“Nobody goes into the backcountry of Glacier National Park in winter,” Layne says. “It’s not a safe place to be. So no one had ever entered Hole in the Wall in winter conditions. The Park Service said it couldn’t be done.”
Layne explains that Hole in the Wall is a remote, high cirque in the park’s northwest corner guarded on all sides by sheer cliffs and avalanche chutes.
“Hole in the Wall is a worthy destination on its own,” Layne says, “but it’s also the keystone of my plan to complete a much longer trek following the Continental Divide 969 miles from Yellowstone to the US-Canada border—in winter.”
The stakes are high. Traveling solo, the 59-year-old Layne staggers under a 90-pound backpack through rotten snowpack, facing isolation, disastrous weather, and utter exhaustion.
“Each winter trip into the backcountry offers a hundred ways to die,” Layne says. “A single misplaced step can send me off a 600-foot cliff; storms can make travel impossible, leaving me stranded and running out of food; avalanches rain down the mountains above me, sweeping my route; and there’s the ever-present risk of hypothermia or just plain freezing to death.”
Despite the risks, which also include hungry grizzly bears fresh from their dens and lake crossings over questionable ice, Layne rises to the challenge one step at a time in a tale that celebrates grit and courage as their own reward.
Clear, gripping prose and full-color photographs carry hardy mountaineers and armchair adventurers alike into Layne’s world of snow, solitude, and cold-sweat fear.
“I’m alone when I go into the mountains,” says Layne. “But in telling these stories, my goal is to bring the reader with me, right into the teeth of the storm, right to the edge of the precipice.”
About the Author/Photographer
Richard Layne was born at home in Arkansas, on the edge of a cotton field where his father was a sharecropper. He grew up in western Montana with much of his time spent outdoors. A Vietnam veteran, he spent several years in the U.S. Army. An avid outdoorsman with decades of backcountry experience, Richard travels in Montana’s wildlands, including Glacier National Park, primarily during winter and most often alone. Some of his trips have been noted in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television.
About Farcountry Press
Celebrating more than 30 years in business, award-winning publisher Farcountry Press specializes in softcover and hardcover color photography books showcasing the nation’s cities, states, national parks, and wildlife. Farcountry also publishes several popular children’s series, guidebooks, cookbooks, and regional history titles nationwide. Farcountry also distributes books for several publishers, including Northern Rockies Publishing, University Pride Publishing, and Sweetgrass Books, Farcountry’s custom-publishing division. Farcountry publishes more than 50 books annually; the backlist has grown to more than 300 titles. www.farcountrypress.com, 800.821.3874