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Meditations of John Muir
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Meditations of John Muir
Chris Highland


Using the immortal words of John Muir as his medium, Chris Highland explores the Divine in Nature, those universal truths which rise above categories, denominations, and religious divisions. Drawing from world wisdom traditions that span the course of human history, Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple unites them under the aegis of the natural world and offers the opportunity to pause, reflect, and draw comfort from that which joins us all.



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Meditations of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Meditations of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Chris Highland


Ralph Waldo Emerson's groundbreaking 1844 "Nature" essay influenced thinkers as disparate as Nietzsche, Thoreau, and Darwin, and his later writings seem to anticipate future discoveries in physics and psychology, as well as biology. Meditations of Ralph Waldo Emerson is a journey into the mind and heart of this great 19th century author, poet, and philosopher whose writings remain relevant and inspiring today.

In this compact book, 60 selections from 30 years of his writings reveal the essence of Emerson's spiritual vision. Like his friends John Muir and Henry David Thoreau, Emerson saw images of the divine in the natural world, and rather than seeking to conquer wilderness, sought inspiration from it.

Complementing each passage is an inspirational quote from historical and comtemporary luminaries including Margaret Fuller, the Dalai Lama, and Jack Kerouac, and voices from Taoism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.

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Meditations of Walt Whitman
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Meditations of Walt Whitman
Chris Highland


In revising Leaves of Grass for its 1856 edition, Walt Whitman sacrificed the large pages of the first edition, meant to accommodate his long lines of verse, for smaller pages, with the idea that the reader would be able to enjoy the "ideal pleasure": "to put a book in your pocket and off to the seashore or the forest." It is with this same ideal in mind that Chris Highland has assembled the fourth book in the successful Meditations series, Meditations of Walt Whitman, a pocket-sized compendium of passages from Leaves of Grass. Whitman's lifelong endeavor, Leaves of Grass, is the culmination of his poetic work, published first in 1855, and constantly revised until its last edition in 1881, eleven years before his death. In Meditations of Walt Whitman, passages from Leaves of Grass are paired with the words of a variety of historical and contemporary thinkers, such as Margaret Fuller, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jane Goodall, Mark Twain, Marc Chagall, Helen Keller, Buddha, Dante, and Bhagavad Gita.

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Mount Shasta, 4th edition
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Mount Shasta, 4th edition
Andy Selters and Michael Zanger


Mt. Shasta is California’s premier, stand-alone, 14,000-foot mountain—with the largest and longest glaciers in the state. Along with Washington’s Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta is one of the two most prominent large mountains in the contiguous United States. Shasta is sought after by so many climbers and skiers nationwide because it offers such a wide variety of routes, especially moderate ones for the aspiring mountaineer and backcountry skier.

The fully updated fourth edition of Mt. Shasta, by Andy Selters and Michael Zanger, is the most comprehensive and detailed guide and overview to a large, varied, historic, and coveted mountain for climbing and skiing. The guide offers extensive detail on dozens of trips both on the mountain and in its surroundings, including weather, climbing and skiing conditions, amenities, and history. A special extra is a guide to Shasta’s superb circumnavigation at timberline, pioneered by John Muir, that is often referred to as one of the best off-trail hikes in the Northwest. The book also comes with a topographic map showing all mountain routes and variations.


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North Bay Trails
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North Bay Trails
David Weintraub


This book is the first and only comprehensive hiking guide to the superb parklands of California’s Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties. North Bay Trails highlights trails not only for hikers, but for bicyclists, equestrians, trail runners, and dog walkers as well. From mountaintop to coastal lands, North Bay Trails covers favorites such as Mt. Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands, and Point Reyes, and also introduces hikers to the scenic wonders of the wine country, the Russian River redwoods, and the Sonoma Coast. Trails range from 1-mile nature walks to rigorous all-day outings, and include detailed hike descriptions, topographic maps, trip highlights, mileage and duration, and difficulty ratings.

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Oahu Trails, 3ed
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Oahu Trails, 3ed
Kathy Morey


This completely updated and revised guide to 45 great hikes on Oahu includes 2 new trips the inland rainforest of Kailua and Waimanalo. Explore the beaches, cliffs, and rainforests, and learn about native plants, Hawaiian history, and local mythology.

3rd edition



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One Best Hike: Grand Canyon
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One Best Hike: Grand Canyon
Elizabeth Wenk


   One of America’s most iconic national parks, and one of the world’s most spectacular places, the Grand Canyon attracts over 4 million visitors a year who visit the canyon and peer over the edge of the abyss. A small number of these tourists leave their cars and trek from the rim to the banks of the Colorado River on one of the best-known hikes in the country.

    On the journey hikers take a "geologic journey through time" and pass layers of colored rock and surreal formations that make the canyon so picturesque. Some of these hikers are adequately prepared for the rigors of what can be a dangerous journey. Many are not, and the trip can be deadly. The most popular route into the canyon is from the South Rim on the 16.2-mile round-trip hike descending the South Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River at Bright Angel Campground and ascending the Bright Angel Trail, with an elevation gain and loss of more than 9000 feet round trip.

    Although the hike is non-technical, following well-graded trail the whole way, would-be hikers need to be prepared for extreme heat in summer and icy conditions in winter, elevation gain, and other potential dangers before they embark on this trip. Author and seasoned Southwest hiker Elizabeth Wenk provides the authoritative, step-by-step guide to planning and completing this superb excursion with safety advice, insider information, detail, and reassurance found nowhere else.


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One Best Hike: Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail
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One Best Hike: Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail
Douglas Lorain


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
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One Best Hike: Mount Whitney, 2nd edition
Elizabeth Wenk


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.
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One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, 2ed.
Rick Deutsch


­­­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.

 

The book 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.

 

The author (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.

 

The foreword is written by Royal Robbins, the first man to climb the face of Half Dome in 1957.

 

*NOTE: Permits are required to hike Half Dome. The cable system is up from late May through early October.



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