Winner of the 2014 Ben Franklin Award
New book design
Black cloth hard back cover with silver emboss
Elegant durable dust jacket
15 new photographs
New essay on Wasatch Mountain Club by Alexis Kelner
Update Planning essay by former Mayor Ralph Becker
This book tells the story of our relationship with these mountains—the alpine backdrop and watershed for Salt Lake City and other Wasatch Front communities, a wilderness rising in the backyards of more than 80 percent of Utah citizens. And so Garber includes people in his photos—joyfully skiing, climbing, hiking, and living in the Wasatch.
Essays by 22 Utah writers, scientists, and elected officials complement Garber’s photos. One theme links their pas- sionate words: conservation. They love this place and struggle to balance recreation growth, precious water supply, and a sustainable future for ski resorts (including Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, The Canyons, Deer Valley, and Park City). Proposed ski resort expansion has made the Wasatch Utah’s version of the Gaza Strip—every inch of land is contested. Private land without water rights and wilderness both hang in the balance.
Garber's lyrical and dramatic photographs and the eloquent words of these Wasatch writers work together to celebrate the diversity and fragility of one small mountain range that does so much for so many. Utah’s Wasatch Range admirably succeeds in several ambitions. This is the culminating portfolio of a serious artist, a guide to the natural and human history of a wild landscape, and an exploration of our responsibility as 21st Century citizens to protect and preserve a threatened landscape. For locals and visitors alike, this is the book for the Wasatch.
232 pages, hardcover 9”x12” - landscape format
168 photographs, 155 in full color