Things you THOUGHT you knew about Everett Ruess

1. His remains were found in 2009 on Comb Ridge, near the town of Bluff, Utah.

This turned out to be not true. Subsequent, and accurate, DNA tests showed the remains did not belong to Ruess.

2. His last name is pronounced [rooz].

The correct pronunciation is the two syllable [roo-es].

3. Jon Krakauer re-discovered, more currently, the mystery of Everett Ruess while researching his book, Into the Wild.

Actually, it was David Roberts, author of Finding Everett Ruess, who told Jon Krakauer, his friend and climbing buddy, about the number of similarities between Ruess and the subject of Krakauer’s bestselling Into the Wild, Chris McCandless. Karkauer’s first response was, “Who?”

4. There isn’t anything new to add to the story of Everett Ruess, his wanderings, or his disappearance.

Doug Fabrizio had that same notion when Roberts’ was a guest on KUER’s RadioWest, and he found out there was a WHOLE lot more to the story, including many, many pages of as-of-yet unpublished journal entries and writings by Ruess himself.

5. Everett Ruess was a content hermit of sorts. “I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time.”

In fact, as many of Ruess’ newly published writings convey, Everett was lonely and sorely in want of a companion, someone who could share his love for the deep peace of the wilderness. Someone other than a burro.

6. David Roberts has just written about Everett Ruess and NOTHING ELSE.

Wrong again. Roberts, an author and mountaineer, has written more than 20 books on mountaineering, adventure, and history, including No Shortcuts to the Top, K2, and The Will to Climb, which he co-wrote with Ed Viesturs and a memoir On a Ridge Between Life and Death.  He has written for National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and Smithsonian.


Listen to KUER’s RadioWest: 7/13/11: Finding Everett Ruess (July 12, 2011) CLICK HERE

David Roberts’ will read from and sign his highly anticipated new novel, Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, Thursday July 21, 7 p.m.

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