Jan Estep, Finding Everett Ruess, Davis Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, 2013, illustrated folded sheet map, two-sided, four-color, offset printed, 32“w x 24“h (unfolded), 3“w x 8“h (folded).
This illustrated print map describes the disappearance of young artist and naturalist Everett Ruess, who in 1934, at the age of 21, walked off into Davis Gulch near Escalante and was never seen again. The map details one possible hiking route down into the gulch and includes local topography and photographs of the surrounding high-desert landscape. A long essay discusses Ruess’s life and various definitions of wilderness, and the lure of being free of social conventions. The front sidebar and back document temporary interventions into the environment and a text poem about desert walking.