Revisiting Ghost Mountain with Rider South

10/27/2013 - 8:30am
10/27/2013 - 1:00pm
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


This event has reached capacity, and registration is now closed.

If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please contact Ashley Kvitek either by email or by phone at 760-767-0446 ext 1003.


Instructors: Diana Lindsay and Rider South

Fee: $120 / $100 for ABF Members

Hike registration includes entrance into the Q&A with Rider and Diana on Saturday, October 26 and a set of Marshal South books (retail value of $18.95).

Hike Difficulty: Moderate – requires walking up a steep, one mile trail to reach Yaquitepec, the Souths' home, and then a steep descent back to the trailhead.

Eighty years ago, Marshal and Tanya South began a journey to reconnect with the earth and prove that life did not have to be constrained by society’s conventions and harried routines. In their 17-year sojourn on Ghost Mountain, three children were born – Rider, Rudyard, and Victoria. Their experiment in primitive living was chronicled by Marshal South in monthly articles written for Desert Magazine over a 

nine year period. His articles were the most popular feature of the magazine. Rider South, the oldest child, was 13 years old when Tanya and the children left Ghost Mountain in 1947. His memories of living on Ghost Mountain are etched into his mind. Join Rider on this very special trip – perhaps Rider’s last visit to Ghost Mountain – as he recalls his childhood and his talented poet/writer/artist father, Marshal South. Walk around Yaquitepec, the House of the Sun, where Rider and his siblings lived, played, and had home schooling in the great outdoors. We will be walking up the Ghost Mountain trail at a slow, leisurely pace.

Meet: Entrance to Blair Valley off Hwy S-2 at Mile Marker 23. We will ride-share and caravan to the Ghost Mountain trailhead

Bring: Lunch or snack, knapsack, water, hat, sunscreen, and a camera.

Limit: 25

4WD or high clearance vehicle required. Carpooling from the entrance of Blair Valley

Rider South – Eldest son of Marshal South
Diana Lindsay – chronicled the life of Marshal South which appeared in the foreword of Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles: An Experiment in Primitive Living. Her company, Sunbelt Publications, has just published two of Marshal South’s western novels as one volume entitled Marshal South Rides Again. The action in the two stories takes place in locations surrounding Ghost Mountain.