Reuss spent years wandering the Sierra and the desert Southwest, accompanied most of the way only by a horse or burro. He wrote evocative descriptions of his adventures and made woodblock prints of the landscapes he disappeared into for months at a time. He was photographed by Dorothea Lange, corresponded with Ansel Adams, and inspired Chris McCandless of Into The Wild fame.
He was last seen in Escalante, UT in November 1934. After that he rode down the Hole-in-the-Rock road toward the Escalante River, camping in Davis Gulch. That was the last anyone saw of him until now.
I always envied Ruess's freedom and self-sufficiency when I lived in the Southwest. He made it sound so easy: just pack up your burro and go. His story is worth a read, even though the mystery that made him a legend has been solved.