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Brooks Eason and his best friend, Bobby Ariatti, live in the flatlands but love the mountains. They have explored the outdoors together for two decades, taking annual hiking trips to the mountains of the American West. This is the story of their first six trips. Their travels begin in Yosemite National Park in California. In the years that follow, they hike and camp in Glacier National Park in Montana, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington, the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and again in Glacier National Park. Along the way, they make new friends, view wildlife and waterfalls, dodge dangers, and enjoy campfires as they experience some of the most beautiful scenery in America. Retrace their steps and relive their adventures in Travels with Bobby.
The beautiful Beartooth Mountains are home to glaciers, deep canyons, streams, waterfalls, over a thousand lakes, abundant wildlife, protected wilderness areas, national forests, and North America's largest alpine tundra region. Now in its 5th edition, Day Hikes In the Beartooth Mountains includes an extensive collection of hikes within this mountain range bordering Yellowstone National Park. The 123 hikes range from 10,000-foot plateaus and peaks to treks along the Yellowstone River. The hikes lie within a 120-mile radius of Red Lodge, an active resort and ski town. A range of scenery and hike lengths are included, from relaxing creekside strolls to all-day, top-of-the-world outings. All hikes can be completed during the day. Map sources and references are listed for extending the hikes.
With more than 13,000 years of human habitation, New Mexico offers a wealth of historic sites located on vast tracts of land well off the beaten path. As author Robert Julyan observes, not much history has been made from a speeding car, and locations that have to be reached on foot are almost always less altered by parking lots, visitor centers, roadways, or traffic noise. Written for both outdoor enthusiasts and vicarious travelers, Hiking to History describes the historical significance behind these publically accessible sites and includes GPS coordinates to enable readers to find each place. Ranging from the state’s principal Civil War battlefield at Glorieta to the dirt road where a broken wagon wheel led two young artists to settle in Taos in 1898, the scenes provide an up-close experience of the state’s remarkable past.
The 50-mile-long Santa Monica Mountains parallel the coastline in Southern California, dividing the Pacific coast from the interior valleys. The majority of the range is located within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the world's largest national park at 150,000 acres, including three major state parks. Included in this new guide are 138 day hikes, with an additional section of 13 hikes that traverses the full length of the 68-mile Backbone Trail in day hike segments. There are a variety of hikes to accommodates every level of hiking, from short strolls along boardwalks to all-day coast-to-peak hikes. Also included are clear trail descriptions, ample maps, and an index.
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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