- Taschenbuch: 227 Seiten
- Verlag: Falcon Guides Where to Hike; Auflage: Third Edition,. (5. Februar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0762778601
- ISBN-13: 978-0762778607
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14,6 x 23,5 cm
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Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks: A Guide to the Parks' Greatest Hikes (Falcon Guides Where to Hike) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Februar 2013
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Lace up your boots and sample more than sixty of the finest hiking trails in southeastern Utah, where the breathtaking canyons, multicolored sandstone arches, and magnificent spires of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks provide the setting for countless outdoor adventures. Let veteran hiker Bill Schneider lead you past eight sandstone arches on the Devils Garden Trail in Arches National Park; take you over slickrock to the Harvest Scene panel in the remote Maze District; and show you the sweeping view of White Rim Country through awesome Mesa Arch in the Island in the Sky District. With Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in hand, you'll discover the most spectacular trails and amazing scenery Utah's red rock country has to offer.Inside you'll find: Accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails In-depth trail information Difficulty ratings for each hike Detailed trail maps GPS coordinates for all trailheads Outstanding color photographyWhether you're a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest in Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Bill Schneider has spent forty years hiking trails all across America. During college in the mid-1960s, he worked on a trail crew in Glacier National Park and became a hiking addict. He spent the 1970s publishing Montana Outdoors magazine for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks while covering as many miles of trails as possible on weekends and holidays. In 1979 Bill and his partner, Mike Sample, founded Falcon Publishing. Since then he has written twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles on wildlife, outdoor recreation, and conservation issues. Bill has also taught classes on bicycling, backpacking, zero-impact camping, and hiking in bear country for the Yellowstone Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in Yellowstone National Park.In 2000 Bill retired from his position as president of Falcon Publishing (now part of Globe Pequot Press) after it had grown into the premier publisher of outdoor recreation guidebooks, with more than 800 titles in print. During the early 21st Century, he worked as an Acquisition Editor for Globe Pequot Press and Travel and Outdoor Editor for NewWest.Net, a regional online magazine. He now lives in Helena, Montana, with his wife, Marnie, and works as a publishing consultant and freelance writer.For more details, go to www.billschneider.net.
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Let's start with the good about this book: There's an at a glance map of the entire area, placing every hike in its rough location, there's also a map associated with each trail, and there are even GPS co-ords to every trailhead. All of these I appreciate.
So what was so bad? The book's biggest problem probably stems from the fact that it is "published in cooperation with the National Park Service". Now the NPS is entrusted with all our parks, and it must love all of them and every trail in them equally. After all it's the government. Problem is if the guide describes all the hikes using the same neutral tone, how is a visitor with only a few days in town to pick the best hikes? Solution: pick a different, much more opinionated book - like the Poe's.
So I switched to the other Arches/Canyonlands book. In comparison to it this book pails even more: the discussion of 2WD/hi-clearance/4WD to get to the trailhead is sometimes missing, the hypsometry is annoying (esp. considering the other book has full elevation gain and loss graphs), and sometimes the choice of trailhead access simply assumes 4WD as if we all have it. For example, using this book the way into Chesler park is via a 4x4 road from the south. The other book features the 2WD trailhead from the north. Disappointing.
1. One of the Canyonlands hikes marked "moderate" had an extremely difficult section that we weren't expecting.
2. Choosing hikes based on a combination of length / recommendation / non-4WD access was complicated. The information was there, but not in one convenient table. (The author may have done this intentionally to prevent people copying the 2 or 3 pages it would be.)
Every hike, from the shortest half mile loops to the longest 20 mile routes include a color sketch map, GPS trailhead coordinates, significant waypoints along the trail, and often show color photos of the region so you can judge for yourself is this is a hike you need to take. Detailed driving directions, a large area map, and natural and archeological features round out the text. Although some of the trails are suitable for backpacking, day hikes receive the bulk of the attention. This makes sense because most park users have only a couple of days to experience the parks, but virtually all major geological formations and ecosystems are represented by the trails in this book. Readers should note, however, that a fair number of these trails can only be accessed by high clearance vehicles.
Finally, this book does offer a lot of "other" details to help plan trips. Essential contacts, such as parks and natural history associations are listed. Readers will learn how to get a backpacking permit, and important safety information about hiking in desert terrain. But ultimately, guides like this one should merely whet your appetite for exploration, and on that level, this one succeeded for me. I loved the photos, beautiful descriptions, and wide range of hiking options. And for the first time since my childhood, I am ready to visit these parks.
I wish there were consistency between the Falcon Guides.