A trove of stories and photographs from Lloyd’s seven decades of exploring, pioneering, and sharing the mountain.

Ever Wild

A Lifetime on Mount Adams

Text and photography by Darryl Lloyd
Foreword by Robert Michael Pyle
ISBN 978-0-9897104-9-7
Published by Carpe Diem Books®

What binds a man’s soul to a mountain? Through a personal journey spanning seven decades, Darryl Lloyd cemented his place in the sweeping story of Washington state’s Mount Adams. Lloyd is the foremost authority on this northern Cascades massif, a sometimes overlooked, but never forgotten, hulk of a mountain known as Pahto to its earliest inhabitants. Growing up on a ranch at the mountain’s base, Lloyd devoted his life to learning the mountain, observing the ebb and flow of its glaciers, photographing the play of light, wandering lush meadows and old-growth forests, hiking boulder-strewn slopes and scaling icefalls…and showing the way for those who’ve followed.

Ever Wild is a mix of adventure memoir with enlightening doses of human history, geography, geology, botany, and a call for protection.

During the years that Darryl put into creating and finding the photos and facts and thoughts for this book, I commented to him, “You’re going to have one heck of a whoppin’ fine book.” I was right. It is.

— Ruth Kirk, Author of numerous books on Northwest nature, archaeology, and history

Lloyd has long been striding that “high ridge” where, Vladimir Nabokov said, “the mountainside of ‘scientific’ knowledge joins the opposite slope of ‘artistic’ imagination”— and in this Book of Wonders, he takes us there.

— Robert Michael Pyle, Author of Wintergreen, The Butterflies of Cascadia, Where Bigfoot Walks, and twenty other books

Laced with riveting characters, the most colorful being the author himself, Ever Wild paints the ultimate human and natural portrait of Washington’s second-highest mountain, which ranks No. 1 in the hearts of those who intimately know it.

— Terry Richard, Retired Oregonian outdoor writer and Mount Adams Wilderness Institute graduate

Ever Wild is available in bookstores, specialty retail stores, and online.



  • Trim Size: 8½" x 11" (portrait)
  • Pages: 160
  • Photos, Maps, Illustrations: Approximately 180 4-color and b/w
  • Format: Softbound sewn (with 4" flaps)
  • Paper Stock/Printing: 100# basis, premium dull coated/printing 4 color plus spot gloss varnish
  • Packaging: Individually boxed in white gift-box mailer
  • Price: $29.95
  • Pub Date: September 1, 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-9897104-9-7
  • Carton Quantity: 15
  • Total Carton Weight: 30 lbs.