The Monkey Wrench Dad


The Monkey Wrench Dad: Dispatches from the backyard frontline

by Ken Wright

What happens when a ski-bumming, river-running, tree-hugging, travel-loving guy settles down and has kids? He becomes a monkey wrench dad ...

"Sharp and witty, The Monkey Wrench Dad's many fine essays offer plenty of insights for everyone who seeks to combine parenting with wilderness adventure."
-- from

"A manifesto for raising individuals, instead of more millionaires and fools, Wright has packed his book with humble stories of the proud reaction, rejection, defense and adjustment strategies that he defines as 'monkey wrench parenting.'”
-- from Mountain Gazette

"Ken Wright is an energetic and engaging essayist who makes it clear that his heart belongs to the Colorado Plateau and its rivers. This is a fine collection, one that brings joy and laughter at what we have in our public-lands country, and sorrow for what we have lost and may still lose."
-- from Colorado Central Magazine

"This isn't a how-to book on parenting. This is a where-to book that celebrates the places -- the sandstone nooks and crannies or the alpine cirques and valleys -- that a younger generation will need to find the strength and wisdom to face future challenges, including the skills necessary to preserve those same unique places."
-- from The Durango Herald

"Ken Wright offers unique and fascinating ways to reconcile life in the mainstream with an intense passion for the land. His essays bristle and flow and shimmer like the Southwestern landscape he loves."
-- from Cutthroat

240 pages
8.5 x 5.5 inches