Intruders on the Map

Posted on: June 8, 2015

[Illustration] Jamie Givens

THIS PLACE IS NEW to me. Agden Rocher. Its name sounds like a chocolate in silver foil. I turn the word Rocher over in my mouth a few times. If it had a taste, it would be bracken and new blood on my knees. All the way from the parking lot, the rocks were hidden behind the open-handed trees, but now I'm touching them, climbing a pale-grey arete. The rock is sandstone; it feels finer, smoother than the grit I'm used to. I place my hand flat against it, the way you would the flank of a horse.

To read the full text of this article, buy the print issue in our ONLINE STORE or DOWNLOAD the digital issue in our app. Or even better, SUBSCRIBE to join our community and get this "coffee-table book masquerading as a magazine" (Lynn Hill) four times per year.