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Saturday, November 9

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Co-presenters: John McDonald, documentary filmmaker, and Bill Worden, featured in the film

Join leader John McDonald for a moderate 2.2-mile round trip hike to Ghost Mountain to learn about the South family. In 1930, eccentric artist and author Marshal and his wife Tanya fled civilization in pursuit of a simple back-to-nature lifestyle. For seventeen years they lived on a remote, waterless mountaintop in the Anza-Borrego desert and raised three children. Marshal’s monthly articles and Tanya’s poetry in Desert Magazine chronicled life in the arid paradise for a growing national audience.

You’ll also hear from John about how his production team captured this amazing story as a documentary film. There will be frequent stops along the trail to discuss the techniques the South’s used to survive in the remote wilderness, points of interest, and to share archival and production photos. 

Registration Fee: $35 / $25 for ABF Members


Blair Valley Primitive Campground, on the east side of Highway S2 at Mile Marker 

Hike Difficulty: Moderately difficult. This 2.2-mile hike is on a steep trail with switchbacks going uphill on the way in, and downhill on the way out.

Bring: Your own water, snacks, wear sturdy shoes, sun protection. The program will conclude at the entrance to Blair Valley at 12:00 p.m.