50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs and Winter Treks
Matt Johanson, Foreword by Hans Florine
This is the fourth book Bored Feet has distributed written by Johanson, but it is entirely different from the others. In fact, it is also unlike most outdoor guides since it covers five different ways to explore: winter treks, hikes, backpacking trips, mountain climbing, and rock climbing, ten of each treated in its own section within the book. It also covers a broad range of experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Given the broad choice of activities covered, the book does an excellent job of speaking to the variety of users for which it is written. Each section has its own list of recommended gear, and each chapter includes a few insider tips.
The winter treks range from easy to strenuous. Most can be done either on skis or snowshoes.They all explore Yosemite Park, although the 39-mile trans-Sierra trip starts outside the park way down in Lee Vining Canyon. Hikes also run the gamut from easy to strenuous, leading to a broad variety of park scenery: waterfalls, giant Sequoias, panoramic views, lakes and a couple of loops, all good choices. The backpacking trips include plenty of short and easy two day trips, but also some moderate three or four day trips, a couple on the John Muir Trail and a 75-mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail from Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass. Choices for mountain climbing (at Bored Feet we'd call these peak bagging) include the iconic Half Dome and moderate to strenuous choices all over the park, plus the famous ascent of Matterhorn Peak from Twin Lakes near Bridgeport, northeast of the park.
The section on rock climbs is the most bold and challenging. It's obviously challenging to send novices and beginners out to climb on their own, but the choices here are good and Johanson's supporting info is excellent, clearly explaining what skills and equipment each choice requires. The climbing choices are clustered in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows.
So if you are adventurous and looking for one book that will provide a broad range of adventures in and around Yosemite National Park, you want to pick this one up.
256 pages, 5" x 8", full-color cover, 90 color photographs,1 black & white photograph, 50 maps, 7 color photo climbing route diagrams, 5 other climbing route diagrams, rock climbing glossary.
Published by Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-60078-914-4. trade paper
Free Shipping Special
From now to May 15, get free standard shipping on any order over $19
The only exceptions are the rolled Bluewater maps and the rolled Imus maps; the $6 minimum shipping still applies to them, but up to 3 Bluewater Maps ship for the same $6 cost as one, and up to 2 rolled Imus maps are also only $6.
Buy more, save more!
Orders over $40 now get 10% off! Orders over $75 get a whopping 20% off!!
Save now on hundreds of excellent books and maps! Start planning next Summer's adventures.
Books and Maps on Related Topics:
Yosemite Epics; Tales of Adventure from America's Greatest Playground by Matt Johanson
Illustrations by Christopher Hampson
Foreword by Jim Moynier
Exploring Eastern Sierra Canyons: Sonora Pass to Pine Creek by Sharon Giacomazzi
Sierra Nevada Topographic Map by Imus Geographics
Mammoth Area Rock Climbs, 4th Edition; The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra — North by Marty Lewis
Foreword by Errett Allen
Sierra Starlight: The Astrophotography of Tony Rowell by Tony Rowell, Foreword by Kenneth Brower
The Good, The Great and the Awesome: Top High Sierra Rock Climbs by Peter Croft
Trails and Tales of Yosemite and the Central Sierra—A Guide for Hikers and History Buffs by Sharon Giacomazzi
The High Sierra of California by Poems and Journals by Gary Snyder, Woodcuts by Tom Killion
Walk the Sky; Following the John Muir Trail by Photography by John Dittli, Essays by Mark Schlenz
Exploring Eastern Sierra Canyons: Bishop to Lone Pine by Sharon Giacomazzi
Mount Whitney; Mountain Lore from the Whitney Store, 2nd Edition by Doug Thompson & Elisabeth Newbold
Gold Fever, Part Three: The Path to Civil War by Ken Salter
Eastern Sierra Hot Springs by George J. Williams III