Adventures in Canyon Country

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Talk: Reid Priedhorsky will share his experiences around the Colorado plateau

By Special to the Monitor

“How I Learned to Lead ‘Priedhorsky Moderate:’ Forty Adventures in Canyon Country, Starting Age 10”

Part coming-of-age story, part exploration of local natural beauty and part compendium of debacles, Reid Priedhorsky’s talk is about the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. 

In photographs and illustrations, he will tell the story of his 40 adventures in the ethereal landscape, which inspired the alien worlds of Calvin and Hobbes’ “Spaceman Spiff,” at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 19 at Fuller Lodge.

Priedhorsky will speak about impacts of growing up Priedhorsky and give a presentation to show exactly what happened as a result.

He was born and raised in Los Alamos and spent 13 years in Minnesota before returning in fall 2011. The program is derived from an actual trip invitation, which stated, “Difficulty will be standard ‘Priedhorsky Moderate.’ You can look forward to extremely hard work, pain, terrible cold, blazing heat, bad food, intestinal disturbances, odor, risk of injury or death and many other unpleasant circumstances. There will also be nice scenery and an opportunity to go places almost no one ever goes.”

 This talk contains sexual themes and references to drug use.