Michael P. Ghiglieri
Thomas M. Myers
Charles R. "Butch" Farabee, Jr.
Elias Butler graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1998 with a BA in journalism. His writing has appeared in Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, The Fretboard Journal, Inside-Outside Southwest, Las Vegas-Review Journal and the Arizona Daily Sun. Elias is also an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in Arizona Highways, National Geographic Adventure, Reader's Digest, Plateau, High Country News, and several books. Elias spends much of the year in the backcountry.
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Butch Farabee went on his first SAR mission in 1958 as an Eagle Scout. In 1999, he retired with 34 years in the National Parks Service. Working in ten parks, he rose through the ranks to Superintendent of Padre Island and Glacier. As a field ranger in Glen Canyon, Death Valley, and Lake Mead, and then in Yosemite and Grand Canyon for seven years as the SAR Ranger, he participated in 1,000 SARs and acted as a medic on hundreds of other medical emergencies (EMS). He assisted on over 150 fatal incidents and, while in Yosemite, served as a Deputy Coroner for two counties. In Washington, D.C. he was the agency's first Emergency Services Coordinator, responsible for SAR, EMS, diving and aviation. He instructed on search and rescue to over 1,000 students and is the author of Death, Daring and Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks and National Park Ranger: an American Icon. He was honored with the Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a Lifetime Honorary Member from the Mountain Rescue Association, a State Award from the National Association for Search and Rescue, and he received two Unit Awards for SAR from the National Parks Service. He earned an M.S. in Public Administration, served as a Tucson Policeman, and graduated from the FBI academy. A caver, climber, horseman, diver, kayaker, skydiver, pilot and a mountaineer on four continents, he says he is still trying to recover from all these. "To me, however, the best thing I ever did was raise two fine sons as a single father."
Michael P. Ghiglieri grew up at Lake Tahoe, Nevada as the great grandson of a Forty-niner, served as a US Army platoon sergeant during the Viet Nam era, then earned his Ph.D. in Ecology in 1979 from the University of California at Davis for his pioneering research on wild chimpanzees in Kiable Forest, Uganda. In addition to teaching university courses in primate behavior and ecology and in human evolution and ecology, he has directed several semesters-over-seas centers focusing on sustainable resource management (in Kenya, the Turks & Caicos, Palau, Far North Queensland, and Vancouver Island) and has worked as a wilderness river guide and EMT. Since 1974 he has run more than 660 commercial whitewater trips and also treks in Ethiopia, Java, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Sumatra, Tanzania, Turkey, and the USA. These include 140+, 2-week rowing or paddling trips through Grand Canyon and more than 43,000 miles of river overall, a few in the Canyon as an NPS ranger, plus several Kilimanjaro ascents. Ghiglieri lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, is happily married, has three children, and has authored documentary screenplays and six other books (two on wild chimpanzees) and, with his wife, Susan, is a volunteer for Coconino County Sheriff Department's search and rescue team, His books include East of the Mountains of the Moon, Canyon, The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence, Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon and First through Grand Canyon.
Thomas M. Myers earned his M.D. from the University of Arizona and worked as a physician at Grand Canyon for a decade, living at the South Rim with his family. Myers began exploring Grand Canyon at age ten and never stopped. He has hiked the Canyon backcountry extensively and rowed the Colorado several times. Myers has seen, responded to, treated and tried to understand the ontogeny of thousands of injuries and of all to many traumatic fatalities occurring in the Canyon. Myers, with co-authors Chris Becker and Larry Stevens, made the first-ever detailed statistical analysis of river running accidents in their book Fateful Journey: Injury and Death on Colorado River Trips in Grand Canyon, dispelling many previously held myths about the risks of running the Colorado. Tom Myers also holds a degree in history from Northern Arizona University, is married with three children, and lives back in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona.