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The Essential Wilderness Navigator
The Essential Wilderness Navigator
Paperback      ISBN: 0071361103

Now with full-color topographic maps and featuring the latest on electronic navigation, The Essential Wilderness Navigator is the clearest and most up-to-date route-finding primer available. Providing readers with exercises for developing a directional 'sixth sense, ' tips on mastering the art of map- and compass-reading, and comprehensive updates on a range of technological advances, this perennially popular guide is more indispensable than ever.

127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
127 Hours
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Paperback      ISBN: 1451618506

The international bestseller Between a Rock and a Hard Place is now a major motion picture starring James Franco.

Hiking into the remote Utah canyonlands, Aron Ralston felt perfectly at home in the beauty of the natural world. Then, at 2:41 P.M., eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, an eight-hundred-pound boulder tumbled loose, pinning Aron's right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Through six days of hell, with scant water, food, or warm clothing, and the terrible knowledge that no one knew where he was, Aron eliminated his escape option one by one. Then a moment of stark clarity helped him to solve the riddle of the boulder--and commit one of the most extreme and desperate acts imaginable.

Honest, inspiring, and undeniably astonishing, 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place has taken its place in the annals of classic adventure stories.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Paperback      ISBN: 0385494785
National Bestseller

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself.

This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy. "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I.

In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment." According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer. His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."
Lonely Planet Nepal
Lonely Planet Nepal
Paperback      ISBN: 1786570572

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

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

Inside Lonely Planet's Nepal

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
  • Covers Kathmandu, Around the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara & Around, The Terai & Mahabharat Range

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Nepal is our most comprehensive guide to the country, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.

Looking for more extensive trekking coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Falcon Hiking Wisconsin
Falcon Hiking Wisconsin
Paperback      ISBN: 0762711728

Profiles 64 of the best hikes in the state. Detailed maps and directions and a superb selection of day hikes and overnight trips make this book accessible to all hiking enthusiasts, from families out for a summer walk in the woods to outdoor fanatics. AHS

Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape
Wandering Home
A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 1627790209

" McKibben is] a marvelous writer who has thought deeply about the environment, loves this part of the country, and knows how to be a first-class traveling companion."--Entertainment Weekly

In Wandering Home, one of his most personal books, Bill McKibben invites readers to join him on a hike from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks. Here he reveals that the motivation for his impassioned environmental activism is not high-minded or abstract, but as tangible as the lakes and forests he explored in his twenties, the same woods where he lives with his family today.

Over the course of his journey McKibben meets with old friends and kindred spirits, including activists, writers, organic farmers, a vintner, a beekeeper, and environmental studies students, all in touch with nature and committed to its preservation. For McKibben, there is no better place than these woods to work out a balance between the wild and the cultivated, the individual and the global community, and to discover the answers to the challenges facing our planet today.

Best Hikes with Dogs San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond
Best Hikes with Dogs San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1594857032

* Handy trail-finder chart allows quick selection for hikes by difficulty, availability of water along the way, views, and more
* Trails range from easy strolls to more challenging routes, all on terrain that's hazard-free and easy on the paws

Northern California and the San Francisco Bay area offer amazing trails to explore with your canine companion--and veteran hiker and dog lover Jason Fator has explored 83 of the ones most likely to satisfy both dogs and their people. From the sun-kissed hills of Marin to the grassy knolls of the East Bay or wide open spaces of the South Bay, Best Hikes with Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond, 2nd Edition, is your guide to the very best trails, most of which do not require leashes (except in parks as noted). More than two-thirds of the hikes are on lesser known trails where travel is light and where you're unlikely to meet horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles. Beyond the Bay Area, you'll find additional dog friendly routes in the Sacramento area, the hills of Gold Country, in and around Tahoe, and in the Mount Shasta region.
Hiking the North Shore: 50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region
Hiking the North Shore
50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota's Spectacular Lake Superior Region
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0979467535

Get into Minnesota's most rugged and scenic wild places.

From Duluth to Grand Portage, discover magnificent trails that wind through eight state parks, the Superior National Forest, the Superior Hiking Trail, and even into the BWCAW Naturalist and North Shore expert Andrew Slade has scouted out over 300 miles of trails along inland ridges and Lake Superior shoreline for this indispensable guide. Grab your boots and go

Those new to Minnesota's North Shore, as well as experienced hikers in Lake Superior country, will find Hiking the North Shore the most comprehensive resource around. The featured day hikes range from 2 miles to 12 miles, including trails perfect for families with young kids, challenges for hard-core adventure seekers, and moderate hikes for everyone in between. Each spotlighted trail includes driving directions, maps, mileage points, landmarks, and time estimates. Andrew also provides expert suggestions for planning your hikes for spring wildflowers, summer berries, or fall colors; recommendations for nearby restaurants, lodgings, campsites, and museums; and more He has hiked every trail, checked out every overlook, and visited every waterfall, so you can plan a perfect day's hike.

Find recommendations for short and easy hikes that will quickly plunge you into a true North Shore experience, as well as longer, more challenging hikes that will take you to the highest points in Minnesota, unusual geological formations, and old-growth forests. Hiking the North Shore encourages and inspires hikers of all skill levels to get out and explore these beautiful routes. What are you waiting for?

Epic Hikes of the World
Epic Hikes of the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1787014177

With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic.

In this follow-up to Epic Bike Rides and Epic Drives, we share our adventures on the world's best treks and trails. Epic Hikes is organised by continent, with each route brought to life by a first-person account, beautiful photographs and charming illustrated maps. Additionally, each hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, what to pack and where to eat, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world.

Hikes featured include:

Africa & the Middle East:

  • Cape Town's Three Peaks (South Africa)
  • Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • Camp to Camp in South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)

Americas:

  • Angel's Landing, Zion National Park (USA)
  • Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park (Canada)
  • Concepci 3n volcano hike (Nicaragua)

Asia:

  • 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan)
  • Markha Valley (India)
  • Gubeikou to Jinshanling on the Great Wall (China)

Europe:

  • Wordsworth's Backyard: Dove Cottage and around Rydal and Grasmere (UK)
  • Alpine Pass Route (Switzerland)
  • Camino de Santiago (Spain)

Oceania:

  • Sydney's Seven Bridges Walk (Australia)
  • The Routeburn Track (New Zealand)
  • Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea)

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter
Alone at the Top
Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter
Paperback      ISBN: 1681340828

What goes through your mind when you're dropped alone in the middle of the Alaska Range, the cold and darkness surrounding you without another human being for miles? Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre had made a career out of working in teams to survive in extreme conditions and places most humans wouldn't dare to tread. But shortly after Dupre found himself alone after a twenty-year marriage, he decided he needed to summit Denali, the continent's tallest mountain, alone and in the harshest possible conditions to prove something to himself.

Dupre was on his fourth attempt in five years in late December 2014 when a surprise storm caught him at 11,200 feet. Forced to live for almost five full days with little food and water, Dupre was in the most dangerous situation of his life.

Alone at the Top offers a mountaineer's firsthand perspective during life-and-death decision making on the mountain. Dupre takes readers along with him as he struggles to keep his mind and body in shape while facing incredible hardships. He applies the lessons learned on the mountain to everyday life.