by Richard Layne
photography by Richard Layne
produced by Sweetgrass Books
- Taut with suspense and life-or-death action, Inaccessible follows author Richard Layne on four solo treks into Glacier’s backcountry in near-lethal winter conditions. Layne is irresistibly drawn to a traverse of the remote high cirque named Hole in the Wall despite the risks—sheer cliffs, howling storms, hungry grizzly bears, and raging avalanches. Park rangers warn that Hole in the Wall is inaccessible in winter, only fueling Layne’s determination to go there.
Staggering under a 90-pound backpack through rotten snowpack, facing isolation, disastrous weather, and utter exhaustion, the 59-year-old Layne rises to the challenge one step at a time in a tale that celebrates grit and courage as their own reward. His clear, direct prose and full-color photographs will carry hardy mountaineers and armchair adventurers alike right to the edge.
248 pages, 6, 45 color photos, 3 map(s), 48 softcovers per case, perfect bound, Smythe-sewn
ISBN 10: 1-59152-118-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-118-1
ISBN 10: 1-59152-119-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-119-8
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 note in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television.