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Backpacker Magazine – January/February 2010

Inspirational BACKPACKER Readers

Meet five of BACKPACKER's most inspirational heroes–they're also readers.

Cordell Andersen near Red Castle Lake in Utah's High Uintas.
Cordell Andersen near Red Castle Lake in Utah's High Uintas.

Life Changer | Believer | Mentor | Explorer | Survivor

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Cordell Andersen Springville, UT


A dedicated hiker shares his secrets.


The Uintas Mountain Range in northeast Utah spans 456,705 acres and contains 545 miles of trail. Seventy-four-year-old photographer Cordell Andersen has seen every corner of it, hiking 1,327 miles there since 1993. On the way, he has photographed 232 varieties of plants and flowers and built a website with hundreds of photos and videos detailing his routes and key skills for other would-be Uintas hikers. He calls it his “Uintas Project.” We call it a labor of love. “My first trip there was a 27-day, 236-mile epic with no resupply,” he says. “Next year, I’ll turn 75 there.” See his work at cordellandersenphotos.com.




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