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You can order books on climbing, hiking/backpacking, trekking, skiing, adventure narrative, international travel, nature, conservation, historical accounts and instructional "how to" guides. I have chosen a few favorites, the best of the best, some which will keep you reading until the fire burns low while others will have you up early to explore the mountains of California and the world. Also, I have selected several of the very best point and shoot digital cameras and SLR digital cameras. I use Nikon cameras but recomend both Canon or Nikon cameras. To make ordinary photos extraordinary, Adobe Photoshop Elements is highlighted below.

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The recommended books and cameras , along with a brief description of each, are arranged in the following categories:


The titles can also be viewed in the Author Index. The Author Index is a quick and convenient way to check the authors/titles that are included in the Backcountry Bookstore, but it does not include the helpful description of each book that is included on this page.

Digital Cameras and Adobe Photoshop Elements

Managing and Customizing Your Photos
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 software combines power and simplicity so you can manage and customize your photos turning ordinary photos into extraordinary ones. Personalize your photos for print, email, or the web. The software that does it all at a reasonable price.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Book: Voices that Matter, by Scott Kelby. Scott is the number one writer of digital photography "how to" books. A must have for all digital photographers.

Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
Canon SD880 IS (silver) or Canon SD880 IS (gold)--with 10 megapixels, this is the perfect digital point and shoot camera for the backcountry and weighs less than 6 ounces. Its wide angle lens is excellent for close-in shots of alpine settings with lakes surrounded by towering peaks. It has excellent telephoto range for distant shots. The lens is 28mm to112mm (35mm equivalent) with image stabilization (IS). The SD880 IS is about everything you could want in a compact point and shoot digital camera. It offers excellent image quality, a large vivid LCD display (3 inches), intelligent defaults, fine low-light sensitivity, a high quality movie mode (with sound), an outstanding wide-angle lens and (most important) a photo capture speed that leaves many other digital cameras in the dust. There are many excellent point and shoot cameras on the market but this may be the best.

Canon PowerShot G10, 14.7 megapixels with Image Stablization--this is one of the most sophisticated point and shoot cameras on the market today. This highly-successful camera with 14.7 megapixels is packed with features and has been designed for ease of use and extremely high-quality photos. It has a powerful 5x zoom lens ranging from 28mm-140mm (35mm equivalent) with image stabilization.

Panasonic DMC-LX3K, 10.1 megapixels with optical image stabilized zoom lens (black) or
Panasonic DMC-LX3K, 10.1 megapixels with optical image stabilized zoom lens (silver)--designed for easy, creative shooting, and high performance in low-light conditions, the LX3 features a F2.0 24mm zoom Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens and an ultrasensitive CCD developed specifically for this camera. With the high-quality lens and manual controls, the camera is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateures looking for a compact digital camera small enough to fit in your pocket to further creative photography. The F2.0 Leica lens zooms from a wide angle of 24mm to 60mm (35 mm equivalent).

SLR Digital Cameras with Interchangeable Lens
Below are recommendations of both Nikon and Canon SLR digital cameras. Although I believe Canon makes better point and shoot cameras, Nikon has the edge with their SLR digital cameras. This may not have been the case five years ago or so but I believe Nikon cameras are superior. However, both camera brands are of the highest quality and so it may boil down to your personal preference.

Nikon D40, 6.1 megapixels, digital SLR camera with an 18-55mm zoom lens--this is Nikon's smallest and lightest SLR digital camera. It is light enough to carry anywhere. The zoom lens has a range of 27mm-82mm (35mm equivalent). It has been designed for ease of use, yet contains all the top-quality, high-performance technologies you expect from from Nikon. This is an excellent buy and value if you want to move up from a point and shoot camera.

Nikon D60, 10.2 megapixels, digital SLR camera with an 18-55mm zoom lens--this is another of Nikon's compact and light digital SLR cameras and is a step up from the Nikon D40. It has been designed for ease of use and includes more top-quality, high-performance features than the D40. Another good value and excellent buy.

Nikon D80, 10.2 megapixels, digital SLR camera with an 18-135mm zoom lens--this compact SLR from Nikon that has been engineered for ease of use, high performance, and high quality photos.

Nikon D90, 12.3 megapixels, digital SLR camera with an 18-105mm zoom lens--This has many of the same features of the D300 but at a lower cost and in a slightly smaller package. This camera is an excellent choice for the serious amateur and has more features than you will probably need. It also includes in-camera video--an excellent feature. The zoom lens ranges from a wide angle of 27mm to a telephoto of 158mm (35mm equivalent).

Nikon D90, 12,3 megapixels, digital SLR camera (body only)

Nikon 10-24 wide angle lens for DX digital SLR cameras

Nikon 16-35 wide angle lens for FX, DX, and film SLR cameras

Nikon D300, 12.3 megapixels, digital SLR camera with 18-200 mm zoom lens--designed with professional-level features and performance. Has many of the same features of the Nikon D3 but at a much lower price. It does not have a full-frame sensor like the D700 or D3, but rather a DX-sized sensor like the D40, D60, D80, D90.

Nikon D700, 12.1 megapixels, digital SLR full-frame camera (body only)--this camera has a full-frame digital sensor (the size of a 35mm negative/slide) for greatly improved picture quality and total noise elimination similar to the Nikon D3 but at half the price. The Nikon D700 and the Nikon D3 are the two cameras the world is talking about and the one I dream of getting. Nikon D700, 12.1 megapixels, digital SLR full-frame camera with 24-120 lens.

Nikon D3, 12.1 megapixels, digital SLR full-frame camera (body only)--this is the top of the line professional digital camera from Nikon. The camera is extremely fast and can take up to 9 frames per second in full-frame resolution. This makes it an ideal choice for sports photography. This is the fastest digital SLR camera in its class. The ISO ranges from 200 to 6400 with little or no noise. A reviewer wrote, I recently sold my Canon 1DS Mark2 and the accompaning 14 mm wide-angle lenses because after trying out a Nikon D3 I found the Nikons pictures so much better. True, the Canon software is easier but to me the ergonomics of the D3 are better than the Canon 1DS Mark2 while Nikon's detail, clarity and accuracy are much better. Although the Canon has more pixels (16.3 versus 12.1), even 24" poster comparisons between both camera's have the Nikon winning in every detail. The colors of the the Nikon photos are just so much more dynamic and precise while the Canon is not as vibrant and demonstrative of detail.

Canon Rebel XSi, 12 megapixels, digital SLR camera with 18-55mm zoom lens--this is an excellent entery level SLR digital camera with exceptional quality and a three-inch LCD display on the back.

Canon EOS 40D, 10.1 megapixels, digital SLR camera with 28-135mm zoom lens--the EOS advances the state-of-the-art technology for a mid-range digital SLR camera for advanced-amateur photographers.

Canon EOS 50D, 15.1 megapixels, digital SLR camera with 18-200mm zoom lens--this is the next step up from the EOS 40D with additional features and increased quality.

Books Authored by Paul Richins, Jr.

Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide, Second Edition, by Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineers Books, April 2008, 256 pages, 15 hiking routes and 40 photographs. While most Mount Whitney guidebooks focus on only one hiking trail, the Whitney Trail, this popular guidebook includes 15 hiking routes to the lofty summit of Whitney as well as several challenging cross-country hiking routes. The Second Edition has been completely revised and expanded including a chapter on climbing Whitney in the winter. For the highlights and details click on Summary, Reviews, Forward by Steve Roper, Table of Contents, or purchase guidebook.

Trekking California, by Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineers Books, October 2004, 288 pages. This superb all-color publication includes the crème de la crème of multi-day backpack treks in California ranging from the Oregon border to the lofty summit of Mount Whitney. Based on many years of backpacking experience, I have selected twenty of my favorite treks. Trekking California, with its abundance of valuable information and attention to detail, will soon become the standard by which other guides are judged. View a summary of the guidebook, Book Review by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Preface, Table of Contents, and Photo Gallery or Purchase the book

50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California--Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney, by Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineer Books, 1999, 240 pages, 60 maps, 70 photos.This popular guide is the definitive source of information for ski and snowboard (and snowshoers) mountaineers throughout California.
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Best Short Hikes in California's Southern Sierra: A Guide to Day Hikes near Campgrounds, by Karen and Terry Whitehill, rewritten by Paul Richins, Jr., Second Edition, March 2003, 240 pages, Mountaineers Books. This guidebook has a wonderful assortment of hikes (to more than 100 destinations) from 2 to 22 miles in length for all levels of abilities including a moonlight hike of Mount Whitney. View the book's Table of Contents and Preface, or purchase the guidebook.

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Adventure Narrative

A Night on the Ground, A Day in the Open, Doug Robinson and Tom Frost, Mountain 'N Air Books,1996. This book is a collection of essays encompassing 30 years of rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and climbing some of the highest peaks on earth. Ski highlights include the first pin descent of Mt. Rainier, first ski descent of Liberty Ridge and Mendel Couloir Right by Chris Landry, second ski traverse of John Muir Trail-Sierra Crest, Sierra High Route, etc.

Addicted to Danger: A Memoir about Affirming Life in Face of Death, Jim Wickwire and Dorothy Bullitt, Pocket Books, hardcover, 352 pages, June 1998. Provactive story of passion, duty, honesty and excellence. A book for mountaineers and non-mountaineers alike. In 1978, Jim Wickwire became the first American to climb K2. On the descent he survived an emergency solo bivouac near the summit, considered by many the greater feat. The book chronicles this climb and many others as he attempts and climbs many of the world's highest peaks including Mount Everest.

Antarctica: Both Heaven and Hell, Reihold Messner, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 383 pages, hardbound. A detailed account of Reinhold Messner's and Arved Fuchs" 1,800 mile, 92- day journey on foot across the Antarctica.

The Ascent of Everest, John Hunt, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 288 pages. Expedition leader John Hunt's account of the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

Ascent: The Climbing Experience in Word and Image, Allen Steck, Steve Roper and David Harris, Mountaineer Books and American Alpine Club, 314 pages, October 1999. The scope, quality and depth of the prose in this issue of Ascent are of astoundingly high quality. Each one of the essays and stories in this collection provokes thought, and the sheer variety of the material, from farce through introspection to commentary, makes this a trove for climbers who love to read.

Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers, Nicholas O'Connell, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 256 pages, hardbound. In-depth interviews with seventeen renowned climbers reveal the ethics, motivations and the future direction of mountaineering.

Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber, Steve Roper, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages, hardbound. Best non-fiction winner at the 1994 Banff Mountain Book Festival. A look at the names and achievements from the Yosemite climbing boom of the 1960s.

The Challenge of Rainier, Molenaar, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 384 pages with over 100 photos. A complete climbing history of Mount Rainier. This title is loaded with anecdotes, sketches and photos.

Challenge of the North Cascades, Fred Beckey, Mountaineer Books, 292 pages. This mountaineering classic chronicles more than 30 years of Fred Beckey's adventures and first ascents. Covers from 1936 to 1968.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest, Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1997, 255 pages. A truely gripping and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of climbing on Mount Everest. Twenty-three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the mountain in the face of hurricane-force winds and blinding snow. Eight would die on that tragic day on May 10, 1996.

Climbing In North America, Chris Jones, The Mountaineers, Seattle WA, 1997, 408 pages. This classic brings alive the climbers and their routes, peaks and adventures with a storytelling style and historic photos. Complete history of North American mountaineering from the early nineteenth century through the 1970s.

Crystal Horizon: Everest--The First Solo Ascent, Reinhold Messner, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 217 photos, 36-page color photo insert, 324 pages, reprinted July, 1998. World-renowned climber, Reinhold Messner, is the first to climb Mount Everest solo, and without supplemental oxygen. Crystal Horizon reflects on his inner most thoughts while facing the most extreme physical challenges he had encountered.

The Early Climbs: Deborah and the Mountain of My Fear, David Roberts, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 1991, 368 pages. Two of Roberts' classics in one volume. David Roberts is one of the best adventure writers. These gripping accounts are the two most sought-after of his works.

Escape Routes: Further Adventure Writings of David Roberts, David Roberts, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 1997, 272 pages. Collection of twenty-one compelling essays reflecting the adventurous challenges of Robert's life. Including Jeff Lowe on the Eiger, Ed Vieturs on K2 and Jon Krakauer in Iceland.

Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, Boughton Coburn, Tim Cahill, David Breashears, National Geographic Book, Random House, 256 pages, Hardcover. Large format book with stunning photos. "Everest describes the making of what must surely be one of the most challenging films ever attempted. But it was also tells a story of suffering, loss and courage. When the lives hung in the balance, David Breashears and Ed Viesturs put the camera down and performed heroically," Jon Krakauer. Everest incorporates a first person account of the most tragic event in the mountain's history when eight climbers died above the South Col. and the attempts at rescue.

Everest: The History of the Himalayan Giant, Roberto Mantovani, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 200 color and b&w photos, hardbound, 1997. Everest, presents the discovery, exploration and climbing of legendary Mount Everest through remarkable color photos and historical black and white images.

Everest: The West Ridge, Tom Hornbein, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages, 48 pages of color photos, hardbound, 1998. The author chronicles this classic, first ascent of the West Ridge by Willi Unsold and Tom Hornbein. A fascinating account.

Heroic Climbs: A Celebration of World Mountaineering, Chris Bonington, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 1996, 192 pages. Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize winner. Offers a remarkable selection of firsthand accounts by 40 of the world's foremost mountaineers.

High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places, David F. Breashears, May 1999, 304 pages, hardcover. David Breashears has climbed Mt. Everest four times. For this, he is known as a world-class mountaineer. A lengthy career in documentary filmmaking--including the Imax film, Everest--has earned him wide acclaim and four Emmy awards. For this, he is known as one of the elite cinematographers in his field. But his new autobiography proves he is more than a climber and a filmmaker; he is also an able writer. Readers interested in either pursuit will find "High Exposure" a fascinating traverse across the spine of the world.

The High Mountains of the Alps, Helmut Dumler and Willi Burkhardt, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 224 pages, hardbound. A comprehensive portrait, in text and glorious color photos, of the topography and climbing history of the highest peaks in the Alps. Includes advise on popular technical routes.

In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World, Peter Potterfield, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 272 pages, hardbound. True-life accounts of climbers who faced the ultimate challenge in passionate pursuit of their sport. Features Colby Coombs on Alaska's Mount Foraker, Scott Fischer and Ed Viesturs on K2 and Peter Potterfield on Chimney Rock in the North Cascades.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster, Jon Krakauer, Villard, New York, 1997, 293 pages. Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Mount Everest. Eight climbers would die needlessly as they attempt the summit on May 10, 1996.

K2: Challenging the Sky, Kurt Diemberger, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 1997, 162 color photos, hardbound. K2 is a comprehensive photographic portfolio of the great mountain and its routes. It covers the history of climbing on K2 from the earlist explorations up to the latest ascents in the 1990s.

K2:The Story of the Savage Mountain, Jim Curran, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 192 pages, hardbound. Best non-fiction book winner at the 1995 Banff Mountain Book Festival. Jim Curran gives the first comprehensive climbing history of this beautiful but deadly peak.

Mount Blanc: Discovery and Conquest of the Giant of the Alps, Stefano Ardito, Mountaineer Books, Seattle WA, 1997, 180 color photos, 50 illustrations, 4 color maps, hardbound. The author recreates the most important moments of Mount Blanc's great peaks and majestic faces. The book is lavishly illustrated with period photos, panoramic foldouts, close-ups and full-color pictographic maps.

Mountaineer: Thirty Years of Climbing on the World's Great Peaks, Chris Bonington, Sierra Club Books, 1996. Wonderful color photos of some classic climbs.

Mountains of the Great Blue Dream, Robert Leonard Reid, University of New Mexico Press, 184 pages, 1991. This compelling book by a former mountaineering leader for the Sierra Club explores the universal allure of the mountains.

Reinhold Messner, Free Spirit: A Climber's Life, Reinhold Messner, Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA, 288 pages, 20 pages of color photos, hardbound. The book chronicles the remarkable career of one of the world's most innovative and disciplined climbers.

Seven Summits, Dick Bass and Frank Wells with RickRidgeway, Warner Books, 1988, 368 pages. The entertaining account of Frank Wells' and Dick Bass' dream to climb the highest summit on each of the seven continents. Two businessmen, not mountaineers, at age 51 and 53 set out to be the first to accomplish such a feat.

Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley 1910-1990, Jonathan Waterman, American Alpine Club Press, 2nd Edition, 264 pages. Through analysis of the unfortunate victims on Denali, this book provides both compelling reading and invaluable advise for climbers in all cold mountains. "Of the four recent books on Denali, Jonathan Waterman's Surviving Denali is by far the most engrossing."---John Hart, Summit magizine.

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Adventure Travel Abroad

100 Hikes in the Alps, Vicky Spring and Harvey Edwards, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 2nd edition, 224 pages, maps and photos. An excellent guide to hikes in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Costa Rica's National Parks and Preserves: A Vistor's Guide, Joseph Franke, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 224 pages. A complete guide to Costa Rica's 40 National Parks and preserves. Includes park attractions, detailed trail profiles, maps, camping information and a wildlife guide.

The Galapagos Island: The Essential Handbook for Exploring, Enjoying and Understanding Darwin's Enchanted Islands, Marylee Stephenson, Mountaineer Books, 160 pages. The only complete guide to touring this isolated archipelago off Ecuador.

Trekking in Bolivia: A Traveler's Guide, Yossi Brain, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 208 pages. The only trekking guide to popular adventure travel from the high mountains of the Andes to the tropical forests of Los Yungas to wildlife-filled jungles of the lowlands.

Trekking in Nepal: A Traveler's Guide, Stephen Bezruchka, M.D., Mountaineer Books, 7th edition, 432 pages. Completely updated and expanded, this best selling guide covers 21 mayor trekking routes in all types of terrain. Includes trip preparation, climate, natural and cultural history, climate, geology, national parks, religion, wildlife and more. With this guide, trekkers will be well- equiped with comprehensive information on the country's most rewarding routes, how to get there, what to bring, what to expect, the people and history.

Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's Guide, Gary McCue, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. Trekking tours ranging from one day to two weeks or more. Includes an introduction to the people of Tibet, the country, language, cultural and natural history.

Walking Austria's Alps: Hut to Hut, Jonathan Hurdle, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. This guide covers 10 different regions and some of the world's best mountain scenery.

Walking the Alpine Parks of France and Northwest Italy, Marcia Liberman, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. A complete guide to over 100 hikes through the uncrowded national and regional parks of France and NW Italy.

Walking Switzerland: The Swiss Way, From Vacation Apartments, Hotels, Mountain Inns and Huts, Marcia and Philip Lieberman, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 288 pages. The ultimate guide to 85 day and multi-day hikes in 10 regions. Info on accommodations, rating of the walk's/hike's difficulty, time required, mileage, elevation gain and high point.

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 Backcountry Skiing

50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California--Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney, Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 256 pages, (to be released October 1999). This is the most comprehensive guide to snowboard and ski mountianeering summits on the market today with ski descents of Mount Shasta, Mount Whitney, Mount Williamson, Matterhorn Peak, Mount Tom, Mount Darwin, Mount Goddard, North Palisade, Mount Sill, The Thumb, Lassen Peak, and many more. Summary and a description of the guidebook.

Backcountry Skiing in the High Sierra, John Moynier, Chockstone Press, 1997, 200 pages. This excellent title includes descriptions of 7 Trans-Sierra routes, 7 Sierra Crest trips, 18 short tours and 17 classic ski peaks.

Backcountry Ski! Oregon: Classic Descents for Skiers and Snowboarders, Christopher Van Tilburg, February 2001. Ski and Snowboard guide to the major volcanoes in northern California, Oregon, and southern Washington.

Cross-Country Skiing, Ned Gillette & John Dostal, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 3ed Edition, 240 pages. How to ski everything from track to backcountry.

Free-Heel Skiing: Telemark and Parallel Techniques for All Conditions, Paul Parker, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 1995, 208 pages. Paul Parker’s definitive manual on free-heel skiing.

Oregon Descents A Backcountry Guide to the Southern Cascades, David Waag, Free Heel Press, December 1997. An excellent ski and snowboard guide to the runs on the major volcanoes in northern California, Oregon, and southern Washington.

Ski Tours in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Marcus Libkind, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 128 pages. This guide describes 44 tours for the beginner through advanced backcountry skier. Each trip summary includes a complete route description, special features, mileage, elevation gain and topo maps.

Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada, Marcus Libkind, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA. The most comprehensive series of guide books to skiing in the Sierra Nevada. Each book allows you to plan a trip suited to your own interests and abilities. Whether you looking for a short, easy tour or an adventure that will tax the best backcountry skier, these guides provide you the information needed to complete your trip safely. Each tour includes a summary of the overall difficulty, length, elevation gain, route description and high quality topo maps of the tour. The four volumes covering the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe to Sequoia National Park, are sold separately (see below).

Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada, Volume 1--Lake Tahoe Region, 2nd Edition, 1995, 184 pages.

Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada, Volume 2--Carson Pass to Bear Valley, 132 pages.

Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada, Volume 3--Yosemite to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park (west side approaches), 136 pages.

Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada, Volume 4--East of the Crest, Yosemite to Kings Canyon National Park, 184 pages.

Wild Snow: A Historical Guide to North American Ski Mountaineering, Louis W. Dawson, American Alpine Press, 1997, 214 photos, 254 pages, hardcover. Lou Dawson selects 54 classic ski descents in California, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Alaska, Alberta, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

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Climbing/Mountaineering Guides

Bugaboo Rock: A Climber's Guide, Randall Green and Joe Bensen, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 190 pages. "Finally a concise guide to Buaboo Climbs. The peaks, when I finally got there, were so fantastic," Galen Rowell. An indispensable guide.

Bolivia: A Climbing Guide, Yossi Brain, Mountaineering Books, Seattle, WA, 160 pages. The only available guide in English. Includes the best climbing areas and routes in Boliva and gives climbers more choices on where to climb with excellent detail.

Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Fred Beckey, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA. Comprehensive climbing guide detailing approaches, trails, roads and climbing routes to the summits. The climbers bible for the Cascade Range. In a series of three, vinyl bond guides, each about 350 pages. Order each separately below.

Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Volume 1, 2nd Edition, Columbia River to Stevens Pass (Brown).

Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Volume 2, 2nd Edition, Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass (Green).

Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Volume 3, 2nd Edition, Rainy Pass to Fraser River (Red).

The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra, Steve Roper, Sierra Club Totebook, 1995, 380 pages, Random House. Covers all the peaks of the High Sierra in detail. The original guide to the Sierra.

A Climber's Guide to the Teton Range, Leigh Ortenburger and Reynold Jackson, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 3ed Edition, 544 pages. The preferred climbing guide for the Tetons for climbers of all levels of experience. Complete descriptions for 800 routes on more than 200 peaks.

Climbing California's Fourteeners: 183 Routes to the Fifteen Highest Peaks, Steven Pocella and Cameron Burns, The Mountainners, Seattle, WA, 272 pages, 96 photos and 9 maps, 1998. Specific route descriptions ranging from the easist to highly technical, are illustrated with photos and route overlays.

A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners: Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Walter Borneman and Lyndon Lampert, Pruett Publication, 255 pages, 3ed edition, 1997. Great guide with all the essential information to climb all of Colorado's fourteeners.

Climbing Mount Shasta, Steve Lewis. An excellent and informative guidebook providing extensive details for ascending Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch. This route is the most popular route on the mountain and is considered the standard route to the summit of this 14,000-foot volcano. Mount Shasta rises nearly 11,000 feet from the Sacramento River canyon and the communities of Mount Shasta, McCloud, Dunsmuir, and Weed at the peaks base. This link will take you to his website, not Amazon.com

Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs, Gerry Roach. The best book on climbing Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks--accurate and precise.

Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Louis, W. Dawson, Blue Clover Press, 1994. The complete mountaineering guide to Colorado's high summits.

Denali's West Buttress: A Climber's Guide, Colby Coombs with Bradford Washburn, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 1997,128 pages, 30 photos. A complete guide to climbing the West Buttress.

Exploring Idaho's Mountains: A Guide for Climbers, Scramblers and Hikers, Tom Lopez, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 288 pages. Route descriptions for more than 700 summits in Idaho.

Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast and High, Mark F. Twight (Editor), Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages, September 1999. Twight has been one of America's boldest climbers and his book is a primer for serious mountaineers.

Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, Steve Roper and Allen Steck, Sierra Club Books, 1996. Roper and Steck select the very best climbs of North America from Mount McKinley to the rock faces of Yosemite. A true classic.

High Alaska: A Historical Guide to Denali, Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter, Jonathan Waterman, American Alpine Club, 398 pages, 127 photos, 80 route overlays and 10 maps. A wonderfully organized book with each route including approaches, climbing mileage, vertical gain, Alaska Grade, difficulty and danger ratings, camps and references. Excellent work.

The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes and Trails, R.J. Secor, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 368 pages, 3rd Edition, 2009. The most complete guide of California’s Sierra Nevada. Invaluable to backpackers and climbers. Contains route descriptions for 570 peaks.

Himalaya Alpine-Style: The Most Challenging Routes on the Highest Peaks, Stephen Venables and Andy Fanshawe, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 192 pages, large format (12"x 11"), hard cover. A Banff Book Festival Grand Prize Winner. Wonderful text and remarkable color photography, this collectors edition explores the possibilities of the alpine style approach in climbing the legendary peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram.

Kilmanjaro and Mount Kenya: A Climbing and Trekking Guide, Cameron Burns, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 1998, 176 pages. The title of the book says it all. Excellent guide.

Mexico's Volcanoes: A Climbing Guide, R. J. Secor, 2nd Edition, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 120 pages. Updated and revised. Includes approach and climbing routes for Popo, Ixta, Orizaba and many others. Information on food, medicine, transportation and supplies. Maps, photos, bilingual glossary included.

Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide, Second Edition, Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA, 256 pages, detailed maps, trail profile tables and charts, mileage and elevation charts, 40 photos, April 2008. The most comphrensive hiking guide published on Mount Whitney hiking routes. The guidebook includes the popular Mount Whitney Trail plus 14 other hiking routes. The Second Edition has been revised and expanded including a chapter on climbing Whitney in the winter. Summary and description of the guidebook.

The Mount Shasta Book: A Guide to Hiking, Climbing, Skiing and Exploring the Mountain and Surrounding Area/Book and Map, Andy Selters, Michael Zanger and Amy Selters, Wilderness Press, Berekely, CA, 1989, 118 pages. A complete guide of the peak and its various climbing routes.

Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Sean Dougherty, Rocky Mountain Books, 1996, 320 pages. An excellent guide to the best alpine climbs in the Cnadian Rockies illustrated with 130 route photographs.

Sierra Classics: 100 Best Climbs in the High Sierra, John Moynier and Claude Fiddler, Chockstone Press, 1998, 328 pages. John and Claude selected some of the best rock and ice climbs in the High Sierra, from Mount Whitney to Matterhorn Peak.

Summit Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes, Jeff Smoot, Chockstone Press, 1992, 182 pages. The high peaks of the Cascade Range dominate the landscape of the Pacific Northwest and can be seen for miles in all directions. Described in this book are climbing routes up eighteen of these majestic giants--from British Columbia to northern California.

Teton Classics: 50 Selected Climbs in Grand Teton National Park, Richard Rossiter, Chockstone Press, 1994, 126 pages. This guide describes fifty of the best routes to major summits of the Teton Range, Wyoming.

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Hiking and Backpacking

50 Best Short Hikes in Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon, John Krist, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1996 176 pages. A guide for families who want to explore the Sierra Nevada's three National Parks on foot. Includes information on park facilities and accommodations. Each hike lists mileage, difficulty, elevation gain and a "Child rating."

50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, Ira Spring and Harvey Manning, Mountaineer Books,Seattle, WA, 3ed Edition, 138 pages. The guide is filled with maps, photos and wonderful hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This guide is a must for anyone visiting Mount Rainier.

75 Hikes in California's Lassen Park and Mount Shasta Regions, Soares, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. A comprehensive guide to popular hiking destinations in the Northern California Cascade Range. Day hikes and extended backpacks with recommendations on gear and safety.

100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, John R. Soares and Marc J. Soares, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 2nd Edition, June 2000, 208 pages with color photos and maps. Includes the Trinity Alps, Lost Coast, northern Sierra Nevada, Lassen Volcanic National Park and much more.

100 Hikes in Arizona, Scott Warren, The Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. A fully detailed hiking guide to the backcountry of Arizona.

100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra and Coast Range, Vicky Spring, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. A fully detailed, best-selling hiking guide to the Sierra Nevada and Coast Range.

100 Hikes in Colorado, Scott Warren, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 240 pages. Fully detailed, best-selling hiking guide for the Colorado Rockies.

100 Hikes in the Alps, Vicky Spring and Harvey Edwards, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 2nd edition, 224 pages, maps and photos. An excellent guide to hikes in Germany, Seitzerland, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.

A Complete Guide to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: For Hiking, Climbing, Skiing and Nature Viewing, Klindt Vielbig, Mountaineer Books, 160 pages. A new guide to the very best hiking, climbing and skiing in the Mount St Helens area.

Best Short Hikes in California's Southern Sierra: A Guide to Day Hikes near Campgrounds, Karen and Terry Whitehill authored the First Edition, Second Edition authored by Paul Richins, Jr., March 2003, Mountaineers Books. Information on each hike has been extensively updated. Several hikes have been deleted and many new ones added. There are now more than 100 hiking destinations. Six appendices have been added providing essential information for planning your excursion including a summary of all the hikes arranged by level of difficulty. There is a table of the author's favorite hikes and another showing the best hikes for families with young adults. The book has a wonderful assortment of hikes from 2 to 22 miles for all levels of abilities including a moonlight hike of Mount Whitney. Click here for a summary of the guidebook.

Crater Lake National Park, Jeffrey Schaffer, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 160 pages. This guide includes trails in the Crater Lake National Park, Sky Lakes Wilderness, Mountain Lakes Wilderness and Mount Thielsen Wilderness. All the info you need about places to camp and fish, accommodations, regulations, road and trail mileage and the area's history.

Denali Guidebook to Hiking, Photography and Camping in Denali National Park, Alaska, Ike Waits

Desolation Wilderness and the South Lake Tahoe Basin, Jeffrey Schaffer, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1996, 3ed Edition, 160 pages. This guide covers all the trails in the glaciated, Desolation Wilderness. A 4-color, plastic, topo map of the wilderness is included and shows access points.

Hiking the Big Sur Country: The Ventana Wilderness, Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1994. The Ventana Wilderness, 100 miles south of San Francisco, protects 250 square miles of these scenic mountains with their unparalleled views of the rugged Pacific coastline. This book describes the wonderful opportunities available for hikers, including adjacent state parks, the coastline and every public beach that borders the wilderness.

Guide to the John Muir Trail, Thomas Winnett and Kathy Morey, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 3ed Edition, 1998, 112 pages. The John Muir is perhaps the most famous trail in America. This guide describes the trail both north to south and south to north, giving point to point mileages with 28 topo maps.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Jeffrey Schaffer, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1993 update, 216 pages. Includes a comprehensive trail guide to Lassen Park and the Caribou and Thousand Lakes Wilderness and Burney Falls State Park.

Mount Whitney: Mountain Lore From the Whitney Store, Doug Thompson and Elisabeth Newbold, Westwind Publishing 1997, 162 pages. Written by the owner of the Whitney Portal Store, this book contains a collection of humorous tales, trail tips, history, recipes, faq, photos, trail guide, and quotes from the Store's guest book.

Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide, Second Edition, Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA, 256 pages, detailed maps, trail profile tables and charts, mileage and elevation charts, 40 photos, April 2008. The most comphrensive hiking guide published on Mount Whitney hiking routes. The guidebook includes the popular Mount Whitney Trail plus 14 other hiking routes. The Second Edition has been revised and expanded including a chapter on climbing Whitney in the winter. Summary and description of the guidebook.

Official guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon, Scott Thybony, Grand Canyon Natural History Association, 1994. Excellent publication with beautiful color photography, maps and trip descriptions.

The Pacific Crest Trail, Jeffery Schaffer and Andy Shelters, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1998. A two volume guide of the Pacific Crest Trail. Volume 1 covers California and Volume 2 covers Oregon and Washington. The only comprehensive guide to the Pacific Crest Trail. Both guides include topo maps, detailed descriptions of the route, trails, mileage and elevations. See below to order.

The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 1: California, Jeffery Schaffer, 545 pages, 5th Edition, includes 1998 updates.

The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 2: Oregon and Washington, Schaffer and Selters, 336 pages, 5th Edition, includes 1997 updates.

Point Reyes: A Guide to the Trails, Roads, Beaches, Campgrounds, and Lakes of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Dorothy Whitnah, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 3ed Edition, 1997. Point Reyes National Seashore is a 70,000 acre park, north of San Francisco, with a wonderfully rugged coastline, miles of sandy beaches, desnse forests and a wide variety of plants and animals. The title says it all. The book describes all the interesting places on and around the national seashore and how to get to them.

Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country, Steve Roper, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 1997, 224 pages. Guide to a spectacular 195-mile timberline route in the beautiful sub-alpine region of California's High Sierra.

Sierra North, Thomas Winnett and Kathy Morey, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1997, 7th Edition, 312 pages. The standard hiking and backpacking guide for over 30 years. The authors have walked a combined total of over 20,000 miles in the Sierra and share their in-depth knowledge of where to go and how to get there. Sierra North covers the best 100 hikes in the northern Sierra from Echo Summit (Highway 50) to Rock Creek near Mammoth Lakes. Includes 100 of the best dayhikes to strenuous multi-day backpack trips. Each trip includes highlights, a difficulty rating, mileage and trail profile.

Sierra South, Thomas Winnett and Kathy Morey, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1993, 6th Edition, 324 pages. The definitive guidebook to the southern Sierra Nevada. Includes 100 of the best dayhikes to strenuous multi-day backpack trips. Each trip includes highlights, a difficulty rating, mileage, trail profile and 4-color maps.

Trekking California , Paul Richins, Jr., Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, October 2004, 288 pages. This splendid all-color publication includes the crème de la crème of multi-day backpack treks in California ranging from the Oregon border to the lofty summit of Mount Whitney. Trekking California, with its abundance of valuable information and attention to detail, will soon become the standard by which other guides are judged. Visiting the mountains whether on skis, snowboard or snowshoes in the winter and spring, or on foot in the summer and fall, the mountains have much to offer those willing to explore the vast reaches beyond the end of the last road. Click here for a summary of the guidebook.

Trinity Alps, Luther Linkhart and Michael White, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1994, 3ed Edition, 192 pages. Discover the Trinity Alps which form a rugged divide between the Salmon, Scott and Trinity River drainages in the northwest part of California. The Trinity Alps are known for their rugged beauty, splendid waterfalls and hundreds of alpine lakes.

Trinity Alps Companion, Wayne Moss, Ecopress, 254 pages, 40 photos, 3-D maps. The most complete guide to the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The author describes every lake in the region for access, beauty and fishing potential. All the major trails are described including trips to some of the high peaks. Forty beautiful photographs and state-of-the-art maps guide the reader in selecting areas of interest.

Yosemite National Park, Jeffrey Schaffer, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1997, 3ed Edition, 288 pages. Virtually every trail in Yosemite National Park is described in this guide together with the natural history and scenery found along each trail. The book includes all the practical aspects of hiking including permits, trailheads, campgrounds, bearbagging with a 4-color plastic, topo map.

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Instructional How-Tos

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment, Stephen Bezruchka, M.D., Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 80 pages. Easy to use guide for diagnosing and treating altitude sickness.

Avalanche Aware: Safe Travel in Avalanche Country, John Moynier, Falcon Publishing, 128 pages, 1998. Great guide for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers going into the backcountry.

Avalanche Handbook, David McClung & Peter Schaerer, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 2nd Edition, 271 pages. A classic and comprehensive reference on avalanches, their formation and their effects.

Avalanche Safety for Skiers and Climbers, Tony Daffern, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 1999. A thoroughly illustrated manual stressing avoidance of avalanche hazards by good route finding and recognizing dangerous slopes. This excellent instructional guide was written specifically for climbers, skiers, backcoutry telemarkers and snowboarders.

Backcountry Medical Guide, Peter Steele, M.D., Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 272 pages, 1999. This valuable guide covers everything from blisters to broken limbs to pulmonary edema. Structured for first aid noives yet provides pratical information for medical professionals.

Complete Orienteering Handbook, Bjorn Kjellstrom, MacMillian, 220 pages. The complete manual.

GPS Made Easy: Using Global Positioning Systems in the Outdoors, Lawerence Letham, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 112 pages. This most up-to-date manual explains how to use a GPS receiver.

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue, Andy Selters, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 160 pages. Includes crevasse rescue techniques, team travel, route finding and expedition skills. Execellent instructional guide.

Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Recognition, Prehospital Treatment, James A. Wilkerson, M.D., Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 128 pages. The experts describe the symptons, solutions and prevention techniques.

Ice World: Techniques and Experiences of Modern Ice Climbing, Jeff Lowe, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 1996, 256 pages. State of the art guide includes an overview of the author's picks for the World's best ice climbs; expert advise on clothing, gear and hardware; and excellent ice technique instruction. Great color photography.

Medicine for Mountaineering and Other Wilderness Activities, James A Wilkerson, M.D., Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 384 pages, 4th edition. The mountaineering medicine "bible." Written by climber/physicians for travelers, hikers, skiers, climbers and expeditions more than 24 hours away from help.

Mountaineering First Aid: A Guide to Accident Response and First Aid Care, Carline, MacDonald & Lentz, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 4th Edition, 1996, 144 pages. Expert, straightforward first aid instruction for anyone heading into the backcountry.

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 2003, 7th Edition, hardcover. This classic is the best selling mountaineering book of all time. More than 500,000 copies sold. Must reading for all backcountry skiers and mountaineers.

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 2003, 7th Edition, paper cover. This classic is the best selling mountaineering book of all time. More than 500,000 copies sold. Must reading for all backcountry skiers and mountaineers.

Staying Found: The Complete Map and Compass Handbook, June Fleming, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 2nd Edition, 160 pages. Includes complete instruction on route planning and winter navigation.

Wilderness Basics: The Complete Handbook for Hikers & Backpackers, Peter Schad & David Moser, The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, 2nd Edition, 240 pages. Covers all aspects of backcountry use: planning, equipment, navigation, weather, first aid.

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Other Titles

The Anti-Aging Zone, Dr. Barry Sears, Regan Books, 415 pages. With his NY Times best seller,"Enter the Zone" (see this book listed below), Dr. Sears began revolutionizing nutritional thinking. Now his cutting edge hormonal-control research is elevated to a new level that promises to change forever how we look at aging.

Eat, Drink and be Merry: America's Doctor Tells You Why the Health Experts are Wrong, Dr. Dean Edell, M.D., Harpercollins, 347 pages. The well-known doctor of the airways provides an excellent read that will answer your questions on health, diet and longevity.

Enter the Zone: A Dietary Road Map, Dr. Barry Sears, PhD. with Bill Lawren, Regan Books an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 286 pages, hardcover, 1995. In this scientific and revolutionary book, based on Nobel Prize-winning research, MIT researcher Dr. Barry Sears makes peak physical and mental performance, as well as permanent fat loss, simple to understand and easy to achieve. The Zone is a revolutionary life plan to put your body in total balance for permanent weight loss.

The Right Mountain: Lessons from Everest on the Real Meaning of Success. Jim Hayhurst, John Wiley and Sons, 224 pages. In this riveting account, Hayhurst discusses the life-threatening experiences he faced and the lessons that were learned.

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Nature, Conservation, Pictorials, and Photography

The Art of Adventure, Galen Rowell, J. Curtis Sandburn, David Cohen, Sierra Club Books, 1996.

Ansel Adams: An Autobiography, Ansel Adams with Mary Street Alinder, A New York Graphic Society Book, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 400 pages with 277 photogrpahs, 1985. Here in his prodigiously illustrated autobiography, completed just before his death in 1984, is Adam's testament of a life of dedication, adventure, achievement, remarkable friendships and a concern for man and nature.

Bay Area Wild: A Celebration of the Natural History of the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael Sewell and Galen Rowell, Sierra Club Books, 224 pages, 173 color plates, 1997.

Galen Rowell's Vision: The Art of Adventure Photography, Galen Rowell, Sierra Club Books, 1995.

Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography, Galen Rowell, W.W. Norton, 288 pages, hardcover, June 2001. The grand master of adventure photography reveals the art, craft, and philosophy behind his images. In sixty-six essays based on his popular column in Outdoor Photographer and in more than one hundred and sixty color photographs, Galen Rowell shows how he transforms what he sees into vivid, memorable works of art. He offers advice on practical and technical matters such as how to pack camera gear; what to leave behind when you've got to travel light; pushing film to extremes; and when and how to use fill flash, smart flash, and remote smart flash. This is a how-to book by an artist who has made adventure and photography a way of life. It is both an inspired manual to taking better photographs and an inspiring journey of discovery into the creative process. 160 color photographs.

John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings, Terry Gifford, Editor, Mountaineer Books, Seattle, WA, 900 pages, hardbound. Well known John Muir authority offers rarely seen or published material gathered in one volume for the first time. Includes, Cruise of the Corwin, Pictureque California, Stickeen, and much more.

John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books, John Muir, Mountaineer Books, 1056 pages with many sketches and photos, hardbound. A treasure you will enjoy for a lifetime. John Muir's passion and writing skills are second to none. Includes, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Our National Parks, Travels in Alaska and Steep Trails.

Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape, Galen Rowell, Sierra Club Books, 1995. Mountain Light reveals the extraordinary vision of one of America's preeminent nature photographers in a stunning presentation of his finest full-color images with the dramatic and informative stories behind his art.

My Tibet, Dalai Lama and Galen Rowell, University of California Press, 162 pages, hardcover, 1990.

Place Names of the Sierra Nevada, Peter Browning, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1991, 264 pages. Provides the derivation and lore associated with 3,000 place names in the Sierra Nevada.

The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, Michael Frye, Yosemite Association, Yosemite National Park, 2000. In this great little book, Michael Frye, selects 37 locations in the park to discuss all aspects of photography with the benefit of his wonder color photos--lighting, night photography, composition, depth of field, filters, film, close-up photography, color saturation, wildlife, flowers, waterfalls, and much more.

Photography Outdoors: A Field guide for Travel and Adventure Photographers, Mark Gardner and Art Wolfe, The Mountaineers, 1995, 126 pages. Improve your skills and make the most of your photos with this comprehensive guide to travel, action and adventure photography. The guide is full of great tips that even the well-seasoned photographer will find useful.

Poles Apart: Parallel Visions of the Artic and Antartic, Galen Rowell, University of California Press, hardcover, 183 pages with 188 color plates.

A Treasury of the Sierra Nevada, Robert Leonard Reid, Editor, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 363 pages. The first and only anthology of writings about the Sierra Nevada. Contains selections written by explorers, poets, scientists, conservationists and mountain climbers. Included are the classic writings of Clarence King, John Muir, David Brower, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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