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"Anyone who picks up this book, whether they've hiked every trail in the country or have never laced up a boot, will fall in love with Earth's magic through Scott Stillman's eyes. He brings canyons and mountainscapes to life through reverent observation and pure, joyful adventure reminiscent of Edward Abbey's desert days. His eye for rustic beauty reminds us all to slow down and rejoice each day we're alive." -EMMA MURRAY, BOULDER WEEKLY

"Some books teach us, some books distract us, others wisk us away into new and fanciful worlds. In Wilderness, The Gateway To The Soul, Scott Stillman reminds us, gives us a subtle nudge, that the greatest depths of experience are right here, right now and deep inside of you. Using wild places and solitude to scrub our perspective clean, we can slowly enter into our Self, and find a truer and deeper experience. Scott takes us along on his own journey, from Capitol Reef and Dark Canyon here in Utah, to the rainy woods of the south and through his own endless discovery of who he is and what he wants out of Life. Finding that rare balance of both depth and concise understanding, he gives a wonderfully inspiring account of the raw experience of one's Self devoid of the distractions of the modern world and of other people - while shunning neither. Every page is filled with the joy of freedom found only in wild places, with love that has been cultivated over countless miles of trail, and a simple life philosophy distilled over hot tea and a crackling fire. Even as the days grow dark and cold, this book will remind you that your truest and deepest Self thrives outside of the confines of walls and modern comforts, beyond our self imposed limitations. If you are looking for a book to keep the fire of passion burning, this is it. Get up, get out, and find your Gateway!" -BACK OF BEYOND BOOKS, MOAB, UT

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Excerpt from Chapter 3
Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado

"Thunder barrels through the canyons, echoing off the walls of petrified skyscrapers. Rain pounds against tent fabric, saturating my dreams in an ocean of sound. The storm is alive, a living, raging organism. Rather than a witness, I feel myself part of it. I'm no longer sure what's real and what's fantasy, where the dreams end and reality begins, or if there is even a difference. 

Awake again. Water droplets rhythmically hit my forehead. Tap. Tap. Tap. Condensation raining down on me from the roof of my tent, caused by the heat of the morning sun. Rays of light stream through the door, blinding me as I open my eyes. A low fog blankets the morning in a purple hue. I climb out to prepare coffee. The air is brisk, magical. An elk bugles, a hummingbird buzzes, and I'm overwhelmed with intense gratitude. It's a new morning, and a great day to be alive.

Beyond this island in the sky, over the ledge, one world disappears and another begins. I crawl out on my hands, knees, and stomach to get a closer look. When I peer over I freeze at a glimpse of inescapable beauty. Cow Creek Canyon plummets 4,000 feet, straight down to the canyon floor. This is Earth in its most raw state of natural beauty, perfection in every detail, terrain that can never be tamed, nor developed. Too wild. Too unreachable. Too sacred. Any improvement here would be devastation.

There is nowhere to hide. My alertness borders on intoxication, my senses excruciating. I think I've found the heart. The living, beating heart of this place. Not a single thought passes through my mind for what seems like an eternity. If the Holy Grail exists, I have found it. My very reason for existence, and reason I've come. Reality jerks me back into itself. How long can I tolerate such beauty? Such bliss? Before it swallows me whole, devouring me until I become a part of it myself. I'm not sure I'm ready for that. Not yet."

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