Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Filled with first-hand knowledge and sage advice on prices, quality and availability of equipment, changes in the backcountry, and the state of mind that Fletcher captures as no one else has. Another classic.
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Lonely Planet''s Nepal is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the historic temples of old Kathmandu, search for rhinos and tigers in the dawn mist of Chitwan National Park, and trek in the shadow of the world''s highest mountain on an Everest Base Camp expedition - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Nepal and begin your journey now
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- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
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Whether you are scaling the world's most challenging peaks, bouldering on epic rock faces or hanging underneath cavernous crags spread out along the ocean, rock climbing is one of the world's most exciting sports.
From the most beautiful routes in the UK, France and America to deep-water soloing in Majorca and opening new lines in South Africa, James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini, two of rock climbing's biggest stars, take you to the sport's most iconic, unusual and daring destinations.
With stunning photography showcasing rock climbing's various styles and landscapes, each entry also includes expert tips, grading details and helpful topography of specific routes or sectors.
Climbing Beyond is a beautiful homage to the sport of rock climbing and an inspiration to anyone who has ever dreamed of chalking up their hands and taking on the world's most epic rock faces.
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At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
For 18 years, Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. However, No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest.
A great guide to visiting 39 Conservation Areas in the Toronto region with new full-color maps.
Toronto residents and visitors can find it difficult to get far enough away from city noise and hustle to experience the restorative quiet of a natural setting. But that's only if you don't know where to go.
Nature Hikes: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures is a guide through 56,000 acres of Ontario's most compelling nature destinations. This fifth edition adds six more Conservation Areas selected from the most accessible Conservative Authorities in the area -- Credit Valley, Nottawasaga Valley, Toronto and Region, Lake Simcoe Region, Central Lake Ontario -- for a total of 39 hikes. They are Caledon Trailway (Central Region) and Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake, Mount Nemo, Kelso and Mountsberg (all West Region).
All 33 hikes in the first edition have been updated to incorporate any changes, and together with new hikes are organized by region and presented with beautiful color photography and all the information needed to choose and get to the destination:
- Highlights, Difficulty, Trails, Markers, Surface, Type, Open, Entry Fee, Directions, Activities, Dogs Allowed
- Description of the site, history or points of interest and tips on what to do and see
- Map of the Conservation Area indicating roads, watercourse, trails, entrance, parking, natural feature (e.g. forest, wetland) and more, such as best birdwatching or fishing spot
- All of the maps have been redone to professional standards, making the book much more user friendly.
Written as a narrative, the book describes the hikes in practical terms and as the writer experienced them. There are also informative sidebars throughout, such as Why do birds sing?; Plant Invaders; Wonderful Wetlands; There is No New Water and How To See Wildlife: Step One.
Just minutes out of the city or from their doorstep, day trippers can find bird migration stopovers, fishing holes, wildlife hot spots, hiking and biking trails, secret photography spots, sites of archaeological or historical importance, swimming spots, orchid forests and much more.
Nature Hikes is a must-have guide for groups and individuals who love wild places and the special creatures that live there. Perfectly sized for car side pockets.
Backpackers and hikers work hard to be deep in the wild, and they deserve spectacular food all day long. "Backpacker's Ultra Food "offers strategies and recipes for creating and dehydrating "one-pot wonders" made of the tastiest, lightest, most nourishing and restorative food.