Travel Guides at Bored Feet Press

Curious travellers will find great inspiration in any of our travel guides.

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From Solu-Khumbu: The Trek to Everest
photo by Tim Hauf
Covering territory from Mendocino Village to the slopes of Mt. Everest, there's a wealth of interesting reading and ideas for exploration. You'll find any of these books fascinating and useful regardless of whether you explore by car, bus, bicycle, on foot, or some combination.

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Eastern Sierra Hot Springs
The Complete Guide to Eastern Sierra Recreational Hot Springs

George J. Williams III

Concise, fun guide describes the hot springs of the Eastern Sierra. Covers soaks in northeastern California, and nine western Nevada springs.


Nevada Hot Springs
The Complete Guide to Nevadaís Recreational Hot Springs

George J. Williams III

Concise, occasionally irreverent guide covers more than 40 Nevada hot springs worth visiting. Williams personally evaluates the various springs for water temperature, seclusion, cleanliness, whether a fee is charged, overall conditions, improvements, and whether camping is allowed nearby.


Angels in the Wilderness
The True Story of One Woman’s Survival Against All Odds

Amy Racina

Solo backpacker Amy Racina fell sixty feet onto solid granite during a 16-day solo hiking trip. In this gripping account, Amy tells how she survived in the wilderness with both legs broken, her rescue, and her recovery. Now in paperback


The Mendocino Coast Glove Box Guide, 3rd Edition
Lodgings, Eateries, Sights, History, Activities and More

Bob Lorentzen

Our bestselling guide to the scenic and cultural treasures of the Mendocino coast has been thoroughly revised and updated in this new third edition. The text weaves local history and anecdote with road notes to chronicle the journey.


Beyond the Golden Gate
California’s North Coast

Photography by Larry Ulrich
Essay by Roy Parvin
Preface by Donna Bacon Ulrich

North of the Golden Gate Bridge the legendary coastal route, Highway 1, veers left from suburbia to enter the unique world of California's North Coast. Ulrich's brilliant, evocative photos and Parvin's lively text inspires both visitors and residents.


The Other Side
On the Road in South America

Tom Reed

Veteran traveler and wilderness photographer Reed sets out in search of a new home in South America. He chooses Chile, a place he hopes is the utopian opposite of his beloved California coast.


Yosemite Epics
Tales of Adventure from America's Greatest Playground

Matt Johanson
Illustrations by Christopher Hampson
Foreword by Jim Moynier

Twenty-four well known Sierra adventurers share some of their most exciting true stories. Author Johanson interviewed these adventurers about their challenging trials in the Sierra Nevada, then crafted these tight, suspenseful tales in the adventurers' own words.


My Favorite Ghosts
Stories from the Ghost Towns and Historic Mining Camps of Colorado

John K. Aldrich

This new edition of My Favorite Ghosts presents 20 of the sites John loved most from the 425 he researched for the series. The sites were chosen with an eye towards what remains for today's explorers and those with the best stories.


Sonoma Picnic
A California Wine Country Travel Companion

Jack Burton

The author takes readers on rambles through the gorgeous rolling hills and twisting valleys of Sonoma County's famed wine country, exploring the back roads and finding the best wineries for tastings and picnics, or finding that classic unforgettable spot.


Napa Valley Picnic
A California Wine Country Travel Companion

Jack Burton and Ken Stanton

This insider’s guide to the famous, much visited center of the California Wine Country highlights the best that Napa Valley has to offer.


Solu-Khumbu: The Trek to Everest
A Photographic Journal

Tim Hauf

Hauf's stunning photos of the Himalayas, their foothills and people provide an enthralling visual account of the famous trek to base camp, never before recorded in a book.


The Hotel on the Roof of the World
From Miss Tibet to Shangri La

Alec LeSueur

Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years in Tibet, working for an international hotel chain. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas he unfolds a highly amusing and informative account of his experiences.


Hearst Castle
An Interpretive History of W. R. Hearst's San Simeon Estate

Nancy E. Loe

This definitive book tells the story of Hearst's vision for his coastal California "ranch" and his creative collaboration with architect Julia Morgan to create San Simeon, an intriguing blend of natural beauty, architecture, art, and history.


Waterfalls of Rocky Mountain National Park

Marc Conly, Photography by Nancy Conly Miscia

This handsome book celebrates the magical, tumbling waterfalls in Colorado's flagship national park. Types of falls here include plunges, fans, horsetails, punchbowls and cascades within the rugged and heavily glaciated mountains at the heart of the Rockies.


Tapping Colorado Craft Beer
A Guide to Centennial State Brewpubs

Kathy and Lee Hayward

This guidebook provides detailed information about each of the 80 brewpubs in Colorado. The authors review more than 500 craft beers and ales, and choose their favorites at each pub.


West Seattle 101
An Insiderís Guide to Recreation, Dining, Entertainment & Enrichment

Lori Hinton

An eclectic collection of 101 things to do in this great corner of a great city. Includes restaurants, cafes, delis, bars, coffee houses, dancing, arts, crafts, outdoor activities, shopping, and much more.


The Getaway Guide to California

Roger Rapaport

This up-to-date guide features the best itineraries for coast, mountains, Wine Country, Mendocino, redwoods, San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego.


Ghosts of Summit County

John K. Aldrich

Details 39 mining towns and camps of this central Colorado County.


Ghosts of the Sangre de Cristo Area

John K. Aldrich

Details 25 mining towns and camps of this southern Colorado region, including Saguache, Bonanza, Westcliffe and Silver Cliff.


Ghosts of Eagle & Grand Counties

John K. Aldrich

Details 30 mining towns and camps of these northern Colorado counties.


Ghosts of Boulder County

John K. Aldrich

Details 39 mining towns and camps of this central Colorado County, including Nederland, Ward and Lakewood.


Ghosts of Park County

John K. Aldrich

Details 26 mining towns and camps of this central Colorado County, including Alma and Fairplay.


Ghosts of Gilpin County

John K. Aldrich

Details 20 mining towns and camps of this central Colorado County, including todayís popular tourist destination, Central City.


Ghosts of the Eastern San Juans
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of the Eastern San Juan Mountains, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

Handy guide details 29 sites including Creede and ten other sites in Mineral County, Del Norte, Summitville and two other sites in Rio Grande County, six sites in Gunnison County, six sites in Saguache County and two sites in Conejos County. Plus a section on area geology, including Summitville District in Rio Grande County, Creede District in Mineral County, and Conejos County.


Ghosts of the Western San Juans, Volume 2
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of the Eastern San Juan Mountains, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

Handy guide details 29 sites including Creede and other sites in Mineral County, Rio Grande County, Gunnison County, Saguache County and Conejos County.


Ghosts of the Western San Juans, Volume 1
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Ouray, San Juan, and Hinsdale Counties, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

Handy guide details 38 sites including Ouray, Lake City, Ridgway and Silverton.


Traveling the Trinity Highway

Lowell "Ben" Bennion and Jerry Rohde

This handsome travel guide covers the National Scenic Byway along Highway 299 between Redding and Arcata, providing practical travel information and a coffee-table memento of the trip.


Exploring Mammoth Lakes
Four Seasons of Eastern Sierra Adventure

Mark A. Schlenz, Photography by Dennis Flaherty

Experience the beauty of the Mammoth Lakes region with this colorful and informative new guidebook.


Understanding Chinese Characters by their Ancestral Forms, 4th edition

by Ping-gam Go

This handy book reveals the meaning of Chinese characters through their ancestral forms. Readers will discover that it takes little effort and imagination to understand the common and widely used characters.


What Character Is That?, 2nd edition
An Easy-Access Dictionary of 5,000 Chinese Characters

by Ping-gam Go

A Chinese dictionary for the Western mind. The unique feature of this dictionary is its arrangement: first by the English word of the character’s root or “radical,” and then by the number of strokes.


Understanding Kanji Characters by their Ancestral Forms
Learning Kanji through Pictures

by Ping-gam Go

This handy book includes a full lesson plan to learn written Japanese. it analyzes 313 Kanji characters by revealing the hidden art, myth, and culture within the characters of the written language through ancestral forms.


To Travel Hopefully
Footsteps In The French Cévennes

by Christopher Rush

Journeying along the road taken by Robert Louis Stevenson in his famed book Travels with a Donkey, fellow Scotsman Rush has written a modern classic.


Dateline Mongolia
An American Journalist in Nomad’s Land

By Michael Kohn

Kohn’s book is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one.


Ghosts of Teller County
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Teller County, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

Handy guide details 16 sites, including Cripple Creek, Stratton and Victor and Salida. Plus a section on Teller County geology.


Ghosts of Pitkin County
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Pitkin and northern Gunnison County, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

This handy guide details 34 sites, including Aspen, Carbondale, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs, Gunnison, Marble and Redstone.


Ghosts of Lake County
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Lake County and eastern Pitkin County, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

This handy guide details 30 sites, including Independence, Lake City (Lake County), Leadville, and Twin Lakes. Plus a section on area geology.


Ghosts of Clear Creek County
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Clear Creek County, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

This handy guide details 28 sites in Clear Creek County, including Empire, Georgetown and Idaho Springs. Plus a section on county geology.


Ghosts of Chaffee County
A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Chaffee County and eastern Gunnison County, Colorado

John K. Aldrich

This handy guide details 41 sites, 28 in Chaffee County and 13 in eastern Gunnison County.


A Tour of Mendocino

Dorothy Bear and Beth Stebbins

This classic walking tour of 32 historic buildings in the picturesque town of Mendocino was revised and updated by Bob Lorentzen and Dorothy Bear in 1991.


Mount Rainier National Park
Tales, Trails, and Auto Tours

Jerry and Gisela Rohde Illustrations by Larry Eifert

This most comprehensive guide covers Washington's oldest national park. Describes 25 popular trails and 12 auto tours, with 50 historical anecdotes. Info on plants, wildlife, geology and climate too.


San Francisco Keepsake Wallet

Photography by Robert Holmes and Joanne Bolton

This little keepsake book has 67 full-color images of the sights visitors want of the City by the Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, North Beach, Chinatown, cable cars, crooked Lombard Street.


All the Way to Lincoln Way
A Coast to Coast Bicycle Odyssey

Bill Roe

In this handsome book Roe describes his 3300-mile bicycle journey from San Francisco to New York. Roe's attempt to follow the Lincoln Highway—America's first coast-to-coast road — makes his tale compelling.


Beyond the Comfort Zone
Confessions of an Extreme Sports Junkie

Bruce Genereaux

In this compelling narrative for both armchair and actual adventurers, the author explains the hows and whys of four extreme sports—class five kayaking, extreme skiing, rock climbing and adventure racing.


I've Been Gone Far Too Long
Field Trip Fiascoes and Expedition Disasters

Edited by Monique Borgerhoff-Mulder and Wendy Logsdon

Here are the stories of 30 research scientists who go off the deep ends of the earth. From bush pilots and endangered species to Land Rover nightmares, these hair-raising tales will keep readers up past dawn.


I Should Have Just Stayed Home
The Worst Trips of Great Writers

Edited by Roger Rapaport and Bob Drews

Latest in the series has lots of surprises, more scary and hilarious travel tales.



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