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Menasha Ridge Press Menasha Ridge Press - Good Books for Serious Fun. Menasha Ridge Press has been a leading independent book publisher for more than twenty years. Covering the outdoors, wilderness sport, wildlife, cooking, history, dining, and travel worldwide, the award-winning, best-selling books and series produced by Menasha Ridge Press are widely recognized for their innovation, authority, and scrupulous attention to detail. And though we're serious about good books, we also believe a good book knows how to have fun. After all, we love what we do, and we think you will, too.

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Smart and Savvy Hiking: What Every Woman Needs to Know on the Trail
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Smart and Savvy Hiking: What Every Woman Needs to Know on the Trail
Kim Lipker


    Yes, the world really does need another hiking book—especially Smart & Savvy Hiking: What Every Woman Needs to Know on the Trail. As a young girl growing up in the Colorado mountains, then a hip outdoors writer, and now the mother of three small children, author Kim Lipker has personally faced every question women ask on the trail. Her “girl talk” covers such topics as comfortable and protective fabrics and clothing—all the way down to bras, panties, and socks; on-the-trail toilette; pregnancy hiking; bringing kids along; choosing companions wisely; avoiding violence; and overcoming the fear of getting lost.

    She extends the five senses to seven and shows how to use them to truly experience nature. A special section, “Journaling the Journey,” offers written exercises that turn hiking into personal transformation. And the book’s “Smart & Savvy Life List” showcases vacation-destination trails. Most of the book is geared to day hikes, but “After Sundown” provides great detail for overnight backpacking. Altogether, inside these pages lies a whole new world of safety, pleasure, and reward for novice and seasoned hikers alike. (Men will pick up some tips, too.)   

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The Best in Tent Camping: Maryland, 2nd edition
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The Best in Tent Camping: Maryland, 2nd edition
Evan L. Balkan


Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

Called “America in Miniature” by National Geographic editor Gilbert Grosvenor, Maryland packs an extraordinary amount of natural diversity into a relatively small area. With the Atlantic Ocean in the east, Allegheny Mountains in the west, and the country’s largest estuary—the Chesapeake Bay—splitting the state down the middle, any outdoors enthusiast finds a happy home in Maryland.

It’s not at all surprising, then, that this natural legacy and diversity extends to the campgrounds: Federal parks, state parks, and forests; US Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation areas; county parks; and private campgrounds make up a patchwork of exciting prospects for every level of camping enthusiast.

Splitting the state into three distinct geographical regions—Western Maryland, Central Maryland, and Southern Maryland/Eastern Shore—Best Tent Camping: Maryland, by local outdoorsman and writer Evan Balkan, will guide campers to 50 of the best campgrounds the state has to offer. Within these 50 profiles are campgrounds with every imaginable facility, as well as primitive campsites far from population centers and everything in between. For car camping in Maryland, this is an indispensable guide.


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Best Tent Camping: Florida, 5ed
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Best Tent Camping: Florida, 5ed
Johnny Molloy


Best Tent Camping: Florida will guide you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best managed campgrounds in Florida. Painstakingly selected from more than 1,000 campgrounds in the forest, in the swamps, and on the coast, each campsite is rated for beauty, noise, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. Each campground profile provides essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and restrictions, as well as an accurate, easy-to-read map, making the campground easily accessible.

Well-traveled outdoors writer Johnny Molloy has used his wealth of experience and scoured the entirety of Florida for this updated edition—choosing only the most pristine campgrounds that include great locales for tent campers and feature fun outdoors activities nearby, most as close as your tent door.

Whether you are a native Floridian in search of new territory or an out-of-state vacationer, Best Tent Camping unlocks the secrets to finding and enjoying the best tent-camping experiences in the Sunshine State.


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Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona
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Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona
Tony Padegimas


Each hike features an individual trail map, elevation profile, and at-a-glance information, helping readers quickly find the perfect trip. Sized to fit in a pocket, the book's detailed trail descriptions will help readers find their way on and off the trail. Driving directions and GPS trailhead coordinates will help with navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. The trails covered range from those best suited to the novice, families, experienced hikers, or backpackers.

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Five-Star Trails: Raleigh and Durham
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Five-Star Trails: Raleigh and Durham
Joshua Kinser


Five-Star Trails: Raleigh/Durham is a guide to the best day-hiking trails within a two-hour drive of the urban areas of Raleigh and Durham. Raleigh is North Carolina’s capital and an anchor for the state's famous Research Triangle that includes Durham and Chapel Hill. Amid this metropolitan complex that also embraces Cary, Apex, and Wake Forest--home to more than 1.7 million people--the author leads readers to myriad places for scenic beauty, to sites of historic significance, and to neighborhoods that showcase the charms of urban life.

All of the routes stay true to the book's "Five-Star Trails" title, based on the book series' rating system for scenery, trail condition, suitability for children, difficulty level, and solitude. To be selected for the book, each trail must truly shine in one or more of those areas while, at the same time, all of the trails combine to offer diversity for a wide range of hikers. Thus, this is the guidebook for a hiker seeking an arduous climb to a scenic overlook as much as it is for a weekend walker who wants an easy trail for his or her family, as much as it is for another person who wants a peaceful walk on a well-groomed path.

While many hiking guides focus entirely and specifically on trails in wilderness areas, Five-Star Trails: Raleigh/Durham provides a sampler of the best that North Carolina's Triangle Area has to offer. Readers will encounter unique attractions as they walk through historic neighborhoods; alongside lakes, creeks, and rivers; and into botanical gardens, verdant forests, and expansive and pocket parks. Not overlooked are Durham’s Tobacco Warehouse District, Franklin Street and the University of Chapel Hill Campus, and intriguing trails that highlight this urban area's rich Native American, Civil War, and Frontiersman history.


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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh
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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh
Donna Ruff


     From a city of smokestacks to a city of culture, technology, and trees, Pittsburgh's revitalized city parks, abundant state parks, tranquil state forests, and enhanced riverfronts offer endless opportunities to hike and explore. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh has something for explorers of every ability and interest. Diverse hikes include Frick Park, which can be combined with a visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center (free); Ohiopyle State Park, with views of the beautiful Youghiogheny River and Cucumber Falls; Beechwood Farms, where kids and adults can opt to participate in nature programs and walks; and Mt. Davis Natural Area, where hikers can stand on the highest point in Pennsylvania.

    History buffs will love Bushy Run and its museum and other historical site/hike combinations. Those seeking solitude will relish time spent walking in lovely Todd Sanctuary or one of the scenic and tranquil destinations of Forbes State Forest. Beautiful river, lake, waterfall, mountain, wildflower, and historical hikes are all in your backyard. From the city's riverbanks to the Laurel Highland mountains of the south and southwest to the lakes and meadows of the north and northwest, every hiker will find trails to their liking in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh.

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Backpacking the Light Way
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Backpacking the Light Way
Richard A. Light


Comfortable, Efficient, Smart

Backpacking the Light Way is for both beginner and advanced backpackers who want to pack more efficiently, carry less weight, still be fully prepared for contingencies, and have more fun in the backcountry. It will benefit instructors and guides by giving them methods to teach their clients, and it will help them refine their risk assessment and trip planning techniques.

This book presents field-tested, proven methodologies for the following:
(* = especially unique or new, ** = especially useful for a wide range of readers)

•    Gear organization, modular packing systems, and creating gear lists that work*/**
•    Assessing conventional gear currently owned
•    Understanding the mindsets of both conventional and ultralight backpacking*
•    Navigating the mindset shift required to seriously lighten up*
•    Redefining each gear system to meet your needs*
•    Dealing with winter conditions
•    Packing to minimize frustration*/**
•    Assessing risk**
•    Effective trip planning**


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Best Tent Camping: Arizona, 2nd Edition
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Best Tent Camping: Arizona, 2nd Edition
Kirstin Olmon Phillips & Kelly Phillips


Perfect Camping for You in Arizona!

The Grand Canyon State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Authors Kirstin Olmon Phillips and Kelly Phillips have traversed the entire state and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot! The full-color, updated, user-friendly format lets you easily find 50 of the best campgrounds to fit your travel plans and meet your personal interests—with author selections based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal.

Detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities help to narrow down your choices, and ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness ensure that you find your perfect car-camping adventure. So whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, Best Tent Camping: Arizona is a keeper.



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Best Tent Camping: Michigan, 3rd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Michigan, 3rd edition
Matt Forster


Perfect Camping for You in Michigan!

The Great Lakes State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Matt Forster traversed the entire state—from the grassy dunes overlooking Lake Michigan to a quiet lake that serves as a portal to the Sylvania Wilderness—and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot!

Best Tent Camping: Michigan presents 50 national park, state park, national forest, and state forest campgrounds, organized into five distinct regions. Selections are based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal, and every site is rated for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness—so you’ll always know what to expect. The new full-color edition of this proven guidebook provides everything you need to know, with detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities, as well as driving directions and GPS coordinates.

Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Michigan. It’s an escape for all who wish to find those special locales that recharge the mind, body, and spirit. This guide is a keeper.



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Best Tent Camping: Minnesota, 3 edition
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Best Tent Camping: Minnesota, 3 edition
Tom Watson


This guide offers a variety of the best in Minnesota tent camping experiences. Best Tent Camping: Minnesota by Tom Watson is a must-have guide to the best tent campgrounds Minnesota has to offer. This updated, full color edition includes campground layout maps, directions to each campground, and descriptive profiles. Unlike other guides which merely list all campgrounds, Best Tent Camping: Minnesota profiles in detail the best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded. You'll find essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking. Whether you are a native Minnesotan in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book unlocks the secrets to the best tent camping that Minnesota has to offer.

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