Gerald Lund highlights pioneers' struggle across untamed southern Utah

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  • Dick Mitchell
    Dec. 14, 2009 7:46 a.m.

    The real "Hole in the Rock". While I was Director of State Lands and Forestry, I accompanied members of the Board of State Lands on many trips throughout the state to visit various sites affecting our ownership or management of properties. We traveled the route described in your book "The Undaunted". Cal Black of Blanding took us to a remote site North of the main trail where we explored a hole in solid rock approximately 200 to 300 feet in diameter and the same distance deep with sheer walls. There was no way to get to the bottom where bushes and several Cottonwood Trees grew. Cal explained his ancesters had emigrated to Blanding through this area and proposed that this formation could have been identified as the feature in the name of the trail. We went to the narrow break in the cliffs adjacent to Lake Powell and he explained that the original immigrants had used ropes and block and tackles to lower wagons and teams to the river and across to the other side and onto the San Juan.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 9, 2009 10:05 p.m.

    Thanx for the story. While renting a houseboat a couple of years ago on Lake Powell, we saw the Hole in the Rock and it piqued our interest to know more. Very cool to hear there's now a book out. I'm a fan of Gerald Lund's books, ever since reading "Leverage Point" back in the '80s. So I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  • Boyd Anderson
    Aug. 9, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    Thlank you for "Hole in the rock"! Last spring while my wife was in the hospital, I tried to find something on "Hole in the Rock", "the pioneer treck"! All the computer could give me was "The Home in the rock!" Thank you,Carma Wadley!!

  • Shelley
    Aug. 9, 2009 10:16 a.m.

    I just read the article and found a Christmas gift for my husband or/and my father-in-law. Hurray!!!

  • Shirley
    Aug. 8, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    Once I started reading this book I could scarcely put it down. It is very informative historically, as well as having a wonderful fictional cast of characters and story line. I highly recommend it just as I do the "Work and the Glory" series and "Fire of the Covenant."

  • Jo Ann V.
    Aug. 8, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    I can hardly wait to begin reading this book, which I already own. I'm grateful for authors like Gerald Lund who are willing to put in the time and effort to research real people and events and then make the story come to life for the rest of us! These brave pioneers need to be remembered, too.