One Best Hike: Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail
Your essential guide to successfully hiking the classic Wonderland Trail circumnavigating Washington's Mount Rainier.
This is the only comprehensive guide dedicated to this one classic trail circumnavigating Mount Rainier. All alternate routes are also described (unlike the more general mentions in books that include other trails as well). Hikers will learn about all the best hidden side trips, discover great planning tips, and find out how best to snag one of the coveted permits. The guide includes complete sample itineraries, making this guide indispensable to anyone planning to tackle the Wonderland Trail.
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One Best Hike: Mount Whitney, 2nd edition
Everything you need to know to successfully hike California's highest peak.
As the highest mountain in the lower 48 states, California's 14,505-foot Mt. Whitney is on the "life list" for many hikers. And it's no wonder: The views from the top of the 21-mile round-trip Mt. Whitney Trail are unbeatable, extending across the jagged granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the expansive Owens River Valley and beyond.
While tremendously rewarding, this hike is demanding even for experienced trekkers. Would-be hikers need to be prepared for the altitude, long distance, elevation gain, mountain weather, and other potential dangers. One Best Hike: Mt. Whitney, by experienced hiker and author Elizabeth Wenk, is a step-by-step guide that will tell you exactly how to tackle this trip with confidence.
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One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, 2ed.
This indispensable guide ensures hikers a
fun and safe trip up Yosemite's signature landmark, Half Dome.
This is the
only dedicated guide for hiking to the top of Half Dome - the iconic landmark
of Yosemite National Park, CA. The focus of the nearly 200-page text is to
provide information on safe hiking practices to complete this extremely
strenuous hike of 16-miles round trip. It is climaxed by a harrowing 400-foot
vertical ascent to the top of the 8,842-foot high granite monolith. Although it
was originally felt to be impossible to get to the top, the 1875 ascent by
George Anderson led the way for the hundreds of thousands that have followed.
begins with a simple explanation on how the unique geological formations arose
from ancient magma flows. This provides the reader with an understanding of
what happened to the “missing part” of Half Dome. The story of the original
inhabitants of the area and the interaction of the Miwok and Mono Paiute
Indians with the hordes of white settlers during California’s Gold Rush is
presented. This is followed with descriptions of the gear needed to hike
comfortably and safely. This includes a boots/foot care, use of hiking poles, water
filter usage, clothing selection and food suggestions.
The full day
hike up to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular in the country. It
is not easy. Education, preparation and motivation are pre-requisites. Over 100 photographs and descriptions of
salient features take the apprehension out of doing the hike. Descriptions of
18-Points of Interest – waterfalls, historical areas, flora and fauna, drinking
water sources and the actual cables provide readers with the “real deal.” GPS
points, elevation, distance and estimated arrival times are listed. The small
format of the book allows it to be taken along for reference.
(aka Mr Half Dome) has completed this hike over 40 times and is a recognized
expert source of information about the hike. The Half Dome trek is both a goal
and a journey. The magnificent views from the top are worth the 10-12 hours it
takes round-trip. The book gives in-depth guidance to help novices and seasoned
hikers alike check off a “bucket list” item. Even non-hikers enjoy the many
historical vignettes that bring life to events of the mid-1800’s.
The book is
capped with extensive appendices listing all the major events in the history of
Yosemite since it was discovered in 1851 as well as safety concerns.
is written by Royal Robbins, the first man to climb the face of Half Dome in
Permits are required to hike Half Dome. The cable system is up from late May
through early October.
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One Night Wilderness Portland, 2nd edition
Choose Your Backpacking Adventure Near Portland, Oregon
Spend a night or a weekend in the wilderness, and experience the mountains, coast, old-growth forest, gorges, and canyonlands of Oregon and Washington. One Night Wilderness: Portland helps you choose from a full spectrum of one- and two-night backpacking trips within three hours of Portland. Acclaimed local author Becky Ohlsen and award-winning author Douglas Lorain present 64 featured trips, plus more than 40 bonus trips—from short and easy hikes to extended trips of 20 miles.
Explore the Columbia River Gorge, Coast Range, Clackamas River country, Mount Jefferson, and southern Olympic Mountains. Take in the majestic views of the Pacific Northwest’s signature volcanic peaks: Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Rainier. The new edition of this popular guide includes all the information you need, including detailed trail descriptions, directions to backcountry campsites, 65 easy-to-follow maps, permit requirements, and more.
Expert author ratings for each trip’s scenery, difficulty, and solitude—along with indications as to which trips are great for kids or are dog-friendly—help in finding the perfect adventures for your specific needs. Plus, first-time backpackers will appreciate the authors’ candid advice on getting started, and parents will enjoy the tips for introducing children to this healthy, inexpensive outdoor activity.
The Portland area is a short jaunt from boundless backpacking opportunities. This comprehensive guide can lead you away from the city hubbub for a night or two of rejuvenation in nature.
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One Night Wilderness San Francisco Bay Area
Quick and Convenient Backpacking Trips within Two Hours of San Francisco
Hundreds of parks, preserves, and protected open spaces
infuse the San Francisco Bay Area with a world of unparalleled natural
wonder. Straddling a remarkable range of geographic and ecological
diversity, it provides avenues for adventure in all terrains, seasons,
and environments. An overnight journey deepens this outdoor experience. One Night Wilderness: San Francisco Bay Area presents the 28 best overnight backcountry opportunities in the greater Bay Area,
from the deep valleys of the Coast Range to the old-growth redwoods of
the Santa Cruz Mountains, from the shores of Point Reyes National
Seashore to the remote corners of the Diablo Range in Henry Coe State
Park. And all of them are accessible within a two-hour drive from any
point in the Bay Area.
Discovering all of these adventures
without help would be a formidable challenge. Nearly a dozen different
governing agencies manage the parks of the Bay Area. Regulations,
sources of information, and reservation systems vary widely by park
district. Plus, the proximity of millions of people means that hikers
usually must make reservations at least a few weeks before their trip.
But this comprehensive guide tells hikers what they need to know to get
away from the city hubbub for a night or two. Within these pages you’ll
find detailed information on regulations, agency contact information,
crowds, and reservations for every overnight destination—plus human
history, natural history, trail descriptions, fun activities, maps, and
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Outdoor Navigation with GPS 3ed
Stephen W. Hinch
For outdoor adventurers who hike, fish, kayak, cross-country ski, or mountain bike in the backcountry, a GPS receiver can help them reach their destination and return safely--but only if they know how to use it! Here is the guide to getting the most out of a GPS receiver, from basic consumer advice to advanced techniques. It even includes fun solo and team games that utilize GPS.
Starting with essential definitions such as UTM coordinate systems, position formats, and map datums, and moving on to creating "waypoints," and using your GPS with a computer, this succinct book teaches you what you really need to know for outdoor GPS use, including basic map-and-compass skills and primitive navigation techniques that you can use if your GPS unit fails.
Advanced techniques are also covered, such as creating custom maps, and new technologies are discussed, including using GPS-enabled mobile phones, (and why they won’t always find your position in the wilderness) and how to use GPS with Google Earth and Google Maps.
With years of experience as a GPS instructor, Hinch is well-versed in all aspects of navigation and GPS use, and he covers them all in a jargon-gree, easy-to-follow style.
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Pacific Crest Trail Data Book, 5th edition
Mileages, Landmarks, Facilities, Resupply Data, and Essential Trail Information for the Entire Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada
The essential, cut-to-the-chase handbook to the Pacific Crest Trail, based on the comprehensive Wilderness Press guidebooks to the PCT, has been completely updated for this 5th edition. Packed with trail-tested features, it’s useful both on and off the trail, covering pre-trip planning for resupply stops, how to set daily on-the-trail mileage goals by knowing trail gradient and the locations of campsites, water sources, and facilities, and how to easily calculate distances between any two points on the trail, and how to planning both north-bound and south-bound hiking trips
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Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California, 7th edition
The “PCT Bible” for More Than 40 Years
From the time the PCT leaves the Mexican border until it reaches Canada, it has traveled 2,650 miles through 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas, and 7 national parks. In Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California, you’ll meet up with the PCT in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows, then hike, climb, descend, and switchback your way to the Oregon border. You’ll discover rivers, peaks, forests, meadows, fascinating geological formations, and other natural wonders. You’ll pass through Emigrant, Desolation, and Marble Mountain wildernesses; Trinity Alps and Lassen National Park; and you’ll see Lake Tahoe, Burney Falls, Mount Shasta, and Castle Crags.
First published in 1973, this thoroughly updated edition is a trekker’s trusted companion. It helps you locate the main trail, find water sources, and access resupply routes. Information on camping, permits, and the best seasons to go is provided along with updated maps.
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Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon and Washington, 8th edition
Your hiking and backpacking guide to the PCT
In Oregon and Washington, the Pacific Crest Trail winds past rivers, peaks, forests, meadows, fascinating geological formations, and other natural wonders. Let our PCT gurus—Jordan Summers, Jeffrey P. Schaffer, and Andy Selters—help you with everything you need to know about this section of the 2,650-mile trail, which traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas, and 7 national parks. In Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon and Washington, you’ll meet up with the PCT at the California border and hike, climb, descend, and switchback your way to the edge of Canada.
Written by accomplished hikers who have each logged over 5,000 trail miles, this book helps you locate the trail and side trips, find water sources, and access resupply routes. Featuring a complete map of the route—Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon and Washington provides rich descriptions of the trail, tips on planning your hike, and information on the region’s natural history, geology, and ecology. You’ll also get important details on camping, permits, and the best seasons to go. Plan a day hike, a weekend trip, or an ambitious thru-hike. Let’s get going. The trail awaits!
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Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, 7th edition
Your hiking and backpacking guide to the PCT
First published in 1973, The Pacific Crest Trail, Vol. 1, California quickly established itself as the “PCT Bible”—the book trekkers could not do without. Now thoroughly updated and redesigned, Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California starts at the Mexican border and guides you to Yosemite’s beautiful backcountry. Let our PCT gurus—Laura Randall, Ben Schiffrin, Jeffrey P. Schaffer, and Thomas Winnett—help you with everything you need to know about this section of the 2,650-mile trail, which traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas, and 7 national parks. Written by accomplished hikers who have logged over 5,000 trail miles, this book helps you locate the trail, find water sources, and access resupply routes. Featuring a complete map of the route, Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California provides rich descriptions of the trail, tips on planning your hike, and information on the region’s natural history, geology, and ecology. You’ll also get important details on camping, permits, and the best seasons to go. Plan a day hike, a weekend trip, or an ambitious thru-hike. Let’s get going. The trail awaits!
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