Wilderness Trekker J.R. Harris to Share Gripping Stories from More than Fifty Years of Adventure

Certified wilderness guide, member of The Explorers Club, and author, J.R. Harris presents details of his remote, solo trekking expeditions at Third Place Books in Seward Park on November 29.
Mountaineers Books Mountaineers Books
November 20, 2017

Mountaineers Books, in partnership with  Seward Park Audubon Center and  The Trail Posse, presents J.R. Harris' Way Out There: Adventurers of a Wilderness Trekker talk and book signing at Third Place Books - Seward Park in Seattle on Wednesday, November 29 from 7-8pm.  The talk is free and open to the public. 

Members of The Mountaineers are invited to attend a private, complimentary author reception at 6pm, preceding J.R.'s presentation. Capacity for the member reception is limited,  so please RSVP to reserve your space.   

harrisTitle.jpgWay Out There is an account of Harris’s extraordinary exploits while backpacking in some of the world’s most tantalizing places - largely alone and unsupported. And after almost fifty years of wilderness travel, “J.R.”, as he’s known, has plenty of tales to tell. His stories are by turns funny, tragic, and uplifting, and are all told in his down-to-earth, friendly style.


1-9-JR-and-Dub.jpgFor J.R., his adventures began in 1966 when, as a young New Yorker, he impulsively drove his VW Beetle across the country to the very end of the northernmost road in Alaska, searching for an answer to a simple question: What is it like to be way out there? How this happened, who he met, and what he encountered along the way became the foundation for a lifelong attraction to trekking and adventure travel.

Subsequent chapters chronologically explore some of his many journeys, revealing an enduring wanderlust honed by his emerging maturity and outdoor skills. Stories of J.R.’s solo treks point to stark contrasts between his urban upbringing and his wilderness wanderings, while tales of adventure with small but diverse groups of friends are enriched by their collective experiences and varying viewpoints about exploration.

Way Out There is a lively yet introspective book by a restless soul that will attract countless readers who love to travel, as well as armchair adventurers and communities looking for outdoor role models. The foreword is by the late Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots during World War I.

About J.R.

J.R. is the founder and president of a marketing research and consulting company. The lessons he has learned in the wilderness environment—preparation, decision making, teamwork, facing the unknown—apply to the corporate environment as well. Because of this unique, dual expertise in business and outdoor skills, he continues to be a sought-after speaker and writer on both topics. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and keeps a website at www.jrinthewilderness.com


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Courtenay Schurman
Courtenay Schurman says:
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 7:14 PM

I enjoyed J.R. Harris' keynote presentation immensely and had to buy his book and get his signature. I look forward to reading more about his courageous adventures spanning fifty amazing years.