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Down by the Los Angeles River
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Down by the Los Angeles River
Joe Linton


In the last decade millions of dollars have been spent on restoring and revitalizing the Los Angeles River and its surroundings. Dozens of parks, miles of bike trails, public art installations and hundreds of trees and plants follow the river as it winds 51 miles through more than 100 communities. Until now no guidebook offered information on the resources along the river. Down by the Los Angeles River is the first on-the-ground guide to checking out sites new and old, and getting to know the historic river that runs through greater L.A. The book includes striking original illustrations as well as maps. Twenty-seven walks and twelve bike rides along the Los Angeles and its tributaries, each with directions to the starting point and descriptions of natural, historic, and artistic features along the way. The river paths are already popular for walkers and joggers, bicyclists, dog-walkers, historians and bird-watchers—a readymade audience for this one-of-a-kind book.

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East Bay Trails, 2ed
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East Bay Trails, 2ed
David Weintraub


The only guide dedicated entirely to hiking San Francisco’s East Bay has been revised and updated, and features 3 new trips in Contra Costa County. Includes 56 trips for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding on oak-studded hills, grassy ridges, rocky peaks, forested valleys, and salt-marsh shoreline. East Bay Trails is the most complete and up-to-date trail guide for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. While the route descriptions pertain to hiking most of all, other outdoor enthusiasts-fitness walkers, joggers, equestrians, and bicyclists-will also find them useful.

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Final Flight
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Final Flight
Peter Stekel


In October 2005, two mountaineers were climbing the icy couloir above Mendel Glacier in the High Sierra. They never made it. They found a body instead, the remarkably well-preserved remains of a man in a WWII uniform, frozen in the ice. The “iceman” immediately gripped the attention of the nation and a media storm ensued. Who was the Frozen Airman? Where did he come from and how did he get there? The mystery drew writer and Sierra devotee Peter Stekel deeper and deeper as he investigated: A navigation training flight missing since 1942 with its four-man crew. A crash site 150 miles off-course from its reported destination. Early attempts at recovery thwarted. Empty graves and botched records. Bad weather, bad luck, bad timing. Families waiting, long forgotten.

Then, in 2007, the unthinkable happened again. Stekel himself discovered a second body in the glacier. Another young man would finally be coming home. Through years of archival research, interviews, conjecture, and his own mountaineering trips to the crash site, Stekel uncovered who these four young men were who had lost their lives in service to their country. Final Flight explores the story of the ill-fated flight, and the bad leads and misinformation surrounding it for over 60 years. It’s also author Peter Stekel’s personal quest to investigate the many threads of the story, from the crew’s disappearance to the discovery of the two airmen.

Along the way Stekel became convinced that the accepted facts of how these soldiers went missing did not give the whole story. The only way to find out for sure what happened was to discover all he could about these young men and their times, the war-era military they enlisted in, their training and experience, their Beech 18 aircraft, the state of navigation and weather science at midcentury, and their icy tomb. The book deftly weaves these threads into a gripping account that’s part mystery, part history, and a personal journey to uncover the truth of what happened on Nov. 18, 1942. In the process Stekel rewrites the young aviators' last days and takes us on their final flight.

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Firescaping, 2nd edition
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Firescaping, 2nd edition
Douglas Kent


Learn the Essentials of Creating Beautiful, Fire-Resistant Properties

With wildfires getting more frequent and ferocious, approximately 120 million US citizens live with the threat of being overrun. Are you one of them? If so, Firescaping helps you create a safer environment. This unique form of landscaping design keeps your property healthy, clean, and clear. Land management expert Douglas Kent shares decades of experience working in many of the nation’s most flammable areas.

Get the information needed to determine your property’s degree of fire risk. Learn effective design strategies for your home and landscape, as well as key characteristics that make your property more accessible to firefighters. With checklists, simple instructions, and tips that truly work, this practical, hands-on guide is a valuable resource for homeowners, business owners, landscape professionals, and fire protection agencies. If you live in an area at risk, this book can help to prepare you and give you peace of mind.


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Fishing's Greatest Misadventures (Paperback)
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Fishing's Greatest Misadventures (Paperback)



Fishing’s Greatest Misadventures presents 25 larger-than-life true stories covering the spectrum of fish tales, from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. Everyday fishermen, journalists, and pros tell their stories of freak accidents, fish attacks, sabotage, pranks, getting lost at sea, idiotic decisions, eerie incidents, and other jaw-dropping calamities. This book takes you from the freshwater to the sea with stories about every form of angling, from fly-casting for trout to noodling for catfish, and big game sport fishing to casting for the unknown.

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Fixing Your Feet 6ed
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Fixing Your Feet 6ed
John Vonhof


Foot pain and injuries can thwart even the most experienced athlete, whether on the trail, asphalt, or ball court. Every professional or amateur athlete who pushes the limits of his or her feet needs to learn the basics and finer points of footcare. Foot expert and ultrarunner John Vonhof discredits the conventional wisdom of "no pain, no gain," teaching instead how the interplay of anatomy, biomechanics, and footwear can lead to happy or hurting feet. With a focus on individual and team care, the 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet covers all that any active person needs to know to find out what works now and also hundreds of miles down the road.

This sixth edition has an important new chapter, Blister Prevention—A New Paradigm. It contains new information about blister formation and introduces the concept of shear, which, in turn, changes the way we look at blister prevention and treatment.

John's advice comes from his own experience, as well as from numerous foot experts and ultramarathoners who know what works for them. For each problem, numerous solutions are offered. There is no one best solution—different treatments work for different feet. Clear diagrams, photos, and charts demonstrate foot maladies and treatment techniques.

This comprehensive resource covers the full gamut of footwear basics, prevention, and treatments. If it can happen to a foot, it's covered in this book.

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Hawaii Trails, 3ed
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Hawaii Trails, 3ed
Kathy Morey


Pele's magical haunt, the big island of Hawai'I encompasses spectacular and diverse landscapes, from shimmering bays to exhilarating 14,000-foot volcanoes. In this thoroughly updated new edition, choose from 58 hikes that explore Mauna Loa, Kilauea, Kaumana Caves, and Mauna Kea State Park, among other fabulous places. Discover black sand beaches, sea turtle coves, lava lanes, and rainforest valleys.

3rd edition



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Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra: Yosemite, 7ed
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Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra: Yosemite, 7ed
Jeffrey P. Schaffer


This compact guide to El Capitan, Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Yosemite National Park’s famous waterfalls is packed with the park’s 25 best dayhikes and 5 top backpacking trips, plus a handy four-color, fold-out topographic map (the updated 15-minute Yosemite quad). First published in 1969, the newly updated seventh edition of Hiker’s Guide to the High Sierra: Yosemite includes:

  • Indispensable tips on permits, camping, lodging, and supplies.
  • Useful information about bears, bugs, gear, and weather.
  • Details about the area’s geology, history, flora, and fauna.

This handy book and map is the perfect guide to the best of the canyons, domes, peaks, waterfalls, and creeks of John Muir’s “Range of Light.” One of Wilderness Press’s best-selling authors, Jeffrey P. Schaffer has written numerous guides to the spectacular Sierra Nevada.

7th edition



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Hiking & Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast & Russian River
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Hiking & Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast & Russian River



The only complete guide to the six state parks and 15 coastal and riverside regional parks in one of the most rugged and beautiful regions of northern California: the magnificent Sonoma Coast and Russian River. The full range of outdoor adventures are described here, including hiking, camping, diving, whale/seal watching, and more. It also reveals unmarked sites that few visitors know about—a true insider’s guide.

At Sonoma Coast State Park, explore miles of sandy beaches, isolated coves, and wildflower-covered trails. Watch for whales at Bodega Head. Visit Fort Ross State Historic Park, a Russian colonial outpost dating back to 1812. Free-dive for abalone at Salt Point State Park, site of strange sandstone sculptures and a rare pygmy forest. See the rhododendrons that bloom each spring at nearby Kruse Rhododendron Reserve, then turn inland to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, home to the last major stand of old-growth redwoods in Sonoma County. Finally, admire the grand vistas and refreshing solitude of Austin Creek State Recreation Area.

  • Includes 25 detailed trail descriptions of hikes in Sonoma’s coastal and river state parks, and coverage of 15 regional parks.
  • Detailed trail maps and a table of GPS waypoints for trail junctions and points of interest.


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Hiking and Backpacking Big Sur, 2ed
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Hiking and Backpacking Big Sur, 2ed
Analise Elliot Heid


A Complete Guide to the Trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness

This is the most detailed guide to hiking and backpacking in Big Sur. Explore the endless hiking and backpacking possibilities in 75 trips (plus numerous side trips) on the rugged coastline and isolated backcountry trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness. Stretching 90 miles from Carmel to San Simeon, Big Sur consists of coastal cliffs, jagged rocky promontories, ancient redwood forests, and lush riparian woodlands. This invaluable resource gives the latest information on the trails, roads, camps, and beaches in Big Sur, plus all of the area's state parks and wilderness areas.


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