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Cycling's Greatest Misadventures
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Cycling, one of the world’s most popular sports, brings to mind Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and images of racers crashing into guardrails in the French Alps. Yet every day people on bikes experience hazardous, jaw-dropping, and adrenaline-pumping calamities that become the war stories of not only the pros but also the “average” biker.

Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures is the first book to collect these true stories, ranging from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. The book contains 25 gripping and sometimes unbelievable stories of crashes, freak accidents, animal attacks, meltdowns, race sabotages, and bad judgment calls that bring to life the strange things that happen once people step on the pedals of their road, mountain, or commuter bikes.

You’ll read about a mountain biker stampeded by a herd of cattle, a man who attempted to jump the Great Wall of China on a bicycle, an engineer who finds hope riding in the rubble left by Hurricane Katrina, and many more. The stories will bring you to the edge of your seat, warm your heart, make you laugh, and leave you shaking your head with disbelief.

25 true stories written by amateur cyclists, professional athletes, and journalists.

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Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California
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Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California
Wendy Lautner


Many hikers dream of walking the entire length of the famed Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico). But time, jobs, and other obligations get in the way. This new guide makes it easy to explore the most memorable stretches of the route in Northern California. While not intended for thru-hiking reference, the handy format and concise information makes this book a perfect companion for short trips on the PCT. Trips range from one day to multi-day adventures along the trail. Each trip is shown on a map and has an elevation profile, depicting all the ups and downs, with GPS coordinates given for trailheads. Includes a comprehensive ratings system (for scenery, trail condition, difficulty, and solitude), information on water sources, links to continuing trails, and other vital details. This title contains 32 trips in Northern California.



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Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington, 2nd edition
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Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington, 2nd edition
Adrienne Schaefer


Washington is a dynamic state, to say the least. It's amazing how quickly the landscape can change: Fires rage in the summer, closing trails and burning huge swaths of forest; bridges get washed away in massive floods; and avalanches knock trees over like matchsticks, taking out entire sections of trail with them. The second edition of Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington, by local author Adrienne Schaefer, provides hikers with updated trail and road conditions, places to visit in the great mountain towns surrounding them, and information on some of the major environmental events that have happened over the past four years, which includes the largest wildfire season in Washington State history. The second edition also includes five new hikes, one of which travels along the glaciated flanks of Glacier Peak through a breathtaking section of the PCT that was closed 2003-2011.

With new maps, photos, and updated trail information, this guide highlights sections of the PCT in the Columbia River Gorge, Gifford Pinchot National Forest with views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier National Park, and Pasayten wildernesses. The guide includes ratings for scenery, trail condition, difficulty, solitude, and accessibility for children. In addition, it has driving directions.


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Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon, 3rd edition
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Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon, 3rd edition
Paul Gerald


Discover the best PCT sections for a day hike or weekend jaunt

Sweeping views, glorious meadows, towering peaks, countless lakes and waterfalls, Oregon’s portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail includes some of the most beautiful hikes in the country. Let local hiking expert Paul Gerald guide you to the best of them. You’ll find 28 day and overnight hikes, from a four-mile trip up Chinidere Mountain—with views stretching from Mount Jefferson to Mount Rainier—to a 30-mile trek to the incomparable Maidu Lake, the headwaters of the North Umpqua River.

This comprehensive guidebook includes trail maps and elevation profiles, as well as ratings for scenery, difficulty, solitude, trail condition, and accessibility for children. You’ll also find driving directions to trailheads, GPS waypoints for key locations, permit and fee instructions, and details about what to expect on the trail.

Traverse the “high road” through Oregon as the PCT crosses Mount Hood National Forest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Crater Lake National Park, and so much more. Every trip is another adventure.


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Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California
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Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California
David Harris


A succinct, portable guide to the best segments of the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California.

The Pacific Crest Trail was designated as one of the first National Scenic Trails way back in 1968. As it traverses the “high road” from Mexico to Canada, incredible views are not only commonplace but also uniquely diverse, because the trail connects six of North America’s seven eco-zones. The PCT’s familiar, well-worn path is a special place for hikers from all walks of life on walks of all lengths and for all reasons.

Instead of guiding you through the arduous task of hiking the entire PCT, the goal of this book is to help you plan trips that incorporate hiking on the PCT in Southern California, whether you have just an afternoon to spare or you want to escape for the entire weekend. 

Carefully edited maps and elevation graphs generated with GPS data collected by the author on the trail will help make your trip a success.

This cargo-pocket guide offers author-tested advice to help you make the most of your time away from civilization, however long (or short) that stretch may be.



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Desolation Wilderness Topographic Map
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Desolation Wilderness Topographic Map



This completely updated, full-color recreation map covers Desolation Wilderness, as well as Fallen Leaf Lake and Emerald Bay, and shows trails, campgrounds, ranger stations, springs, streams, rivers, lakes, and surrounding roads and towns. It includes useful information about visiting the Wilderness, safety and permits, and recommended trails. Printed on high-quality glossy paper.

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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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