Pat Morrow & Jeremy Schmidt

Pat Morrow

Pat Morrow is one of Canada’s most renowned mountaineers. In 1982 he became the second Canadian to climb Mount Everest. Four years later he was the first person to complete the Seven Summits, having climbed the highest peak on each continent. In recent years, Morrow has worked extensively with the Conrad Kain Centennial Society, as chair and as organizer of the Bugaboos Teens mountaineering program, introducing Columbia Valley teens to alpine adventure.

Jeremy Schmidt

Few people know America’s natural landscape better than wildlife biologist Jeremy Schmidt. He has worked in and around Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons for more than 30 years, including stints as a park ranger, a naturalist, a photographer, and an author, writing several articles for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. He has also written several books for National Geographic, including titles on Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Northern Rockies.

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Searching for Tao Canyon

In the 1970s, at a time before guidebooks and social media made the other-worldly beauty of slot canyons famous, Pat Morrow, Jeremy Schmidt, and Art Twomey set off looking for a canyon they knew did not exist.

They called it Tao, and thought of it more as an archetype than an actual place — a sort of slickrock Xanadu, a Platonic ideal that could never actually be found. It was the search that mattered.

Every spring and fall for nearly ten years, the three friends dragged their cameras and climbing gear through the most remote and rugged corners of the American southwest, finding exquisite beauty and high-spirited adventure in places no one knew.

In their book Searching for Tao Canyon, Morrow and Schmidt present a tribute to their late friend Twomey, and reflect on four decades of exploration through stories and mind-bending photographs.

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