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Mountain Bike!
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Mountain Bike!
William Nealy


    At first glance, you may think that Nealy isn't serious about teaching riding skills. The hand-printed pages–colored with hilarious animations–give the guide a comic-book appearance. But instead of assaulting his readers with dry chapters on technique, Nealy leads his readers on an entertaining tour of the mountain-biking world and how to survive it.

    He explains how to bunny hop, how to downhill, how to ride powerfully, and how to crash with style. He also includes a "Stupid Bike Tricks" section. One trick, The Invisible Mountain Biker, explains how to jump off of your bike and let it glide, unmanned, across the path of frightened hikers. Note that Nealy advises against heaving your bike into a crowd of hikers. Existing laws prohibit it.

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Mountain Bike! Northern California, 2ed
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Mountain Bike! Northern California, 2ed
Linda Gong Austin


    From the Redwood forests of northern California to the mountains around Lake Tahoe, this land was made for mountain biking. With so much to explore, it pays to have the inside scoop on mountain biking in the region. Mountain Bike! Northern California will introduce you to the thrill of exploring this magnificent wilderness while helping you discover its most unforgettable rides.

    Mountain Bike! Northern California
profiles detailed information on 100 of the best rides throughout the area, including the North Coast, Shasta Cascade, the Mendocino Coast, the Wine Country, the Eastern and Western Sierras, Lake Tahoe, the Bay Area (including Marin County), and the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. Here, glacial peaks, coastal hills, open valleys, desert canyons, and forested foothills provide some of the best mountain biking terrain in the country.

    Author Linda Austin has uncovered a diverse collection of trails that offer something for bikers of all abilities. Whether it's a tame bike path, a rolling fire trail, or a challenging single-track, if it's good riding, it's profiled here. Each route profile features at-a-glance key information, a thorough ride description, a detailed trail map, helpful sources of information, proximity of important services, valuable commentary on elevation changes and possible hazards, a rescue index and vivid descriptions of native flora and fauna.


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Mountain State Mammals: A Guide to Mammals of the Rocky Mountain Region
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Mountain State Mammals: A Guide to Mammals of the Rocky Mountain Region



Pocket-sized field guide to wild mammals of the Rockies and Great Basin (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico). Includes a sighting key to identify animals that are seen. Because wild animals are often elusive, the author has also included keys to prints, droppings, skulls and jaws, and other signs animals leave behind, to aid in identification of animals that are not seen. Includes information about biology of each species. Copiously illustrated with drawings of tracks, skulls, scat, and animals, and range maps.

Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.


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Myths and Truths about Coyotes
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Myths and Truths about Coyotes
Carol Cartaino


    As in any area where little is known and much feared or suspected, bring up the subject of coyotes, and myths and half-truths fly. This book will deflate the myths and illuminate and share the truths. Once just a colorful supporting character of the Old West or children’s cartoons, coyotes are now real-life neighbors to just about every one of us. Every state in the US except Hawaii has them, and they slink around suburbs and cities as well as the countryside. Coyotes are too big to be cute and cuddly, and they remind us of the wolves we humans went to such trouble to exterminate or remove from our surroundings.

    Most of us have heard or read stories, or watched TV accounts, of coyote problems across the country, and many of us have listened to the chilling yips and howls of a coyote pack somewhere right beyond our sight. The spread of the intelligent, adaptable, and opportunistic coyote across America is perhaps the biggest wildlife success story of recent years—but not everyone is happy about it.

    Parents worry that their children may be attacked by a coyote in the backyard or nearby field. Pet owners know that their cats and dogs are likely to be. Hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts who encounter coyotes in the wilds wonder if they are at risk. Sheep and cattle farmers, and even fruit growers, are up in arms about losses to coyotes. Deer hunters fear that the rise of coyotes has meant a reduction in deer in many places. Wildlife experts have noted that where coyotes proliferate, the graceful and beautiful red and grey fox and other animals may be reduced or disappear. This book covers all the information you need to be in the know about our rather furry neighbors.


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No-Drop Zone, The
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No-Drop Zone, The
Patrick Brady


   The No-Drop Zone covers all the information necessary for a new cyclist to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to take them from buying their first bicycle to starting their first race. Cyclists will learn how to handle the bike, perform minor maintenance, select clothing and accessories, join clubs, and find events.

    Anyone can buy a road bike and go out and ride it, but to ride in a group, one needs specific skills from being able to avoid bumping into other riders when riding in close quarters to fixing a flat quickly enough to rejoin the group. Why would a competent adult want to ride in close quarters with other cyclists? Because riding in the group may be as close to flying in a flock of birds as a person may come. The experience is at once social (imagine being able to talk to a friend as you ride), exciting (descending in a group is a thrill), and exhilarating (finishing a long hill gives the rider a huge sense of accomplishment). Also, the fitness benefits of riding in a group are enormous.

    From a discussion about the bicycle and its components to skills, nutrition, and training, The No-Drop Zone has all the knowledge a cyclist needs to move to that next level of skill.

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NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor center Since 1972
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NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor center Since 1972



NOC Stories describes the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s first 25 years, a time of explosive growth in whitewater sports and instruction. NOC Stories by Payson Kennedy and Greg Hlavaty presents a history of the Nantahala Outdoor Center as seen through the eyes of early leaders and some of its dedicated staff. This history spans the years 1972-1997 and approaches the story of the NOC’s inception and growth in conjunction with the explosive growth of paddlesports and paddle instruction; in a very real sense, the great strides in paddle instruction and the growth of whitewater sports parallels the growth of the NOC. Many people today see the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for what it has become: a seminal Southeastern paddling hub and profitable business. What they don’t know is that the NOC started with a semi-utopian vision, the idea that friends could work together at pursuits they were passionate about, and that this endeavor would not only be profitable for the company, but also life-changing for the individual. That’s not something many businesses can say, but in the case of NOC, it’s turned out to be true. If you asked current culture-makers and business owners in the whitewater industry about their formative years, you’d find many were previous staff members, clinic participants, and visitors at the NOC. You’d likely also hear that the NOC was instrumental in refining their skillset and in inspiring them to become pioneers in their field. From rafting to river rescue, paddling instruction to Olympic competition, the one thing this diverse group has in common is the NOC. These people are the stories that have become the NOC’s legacy, and this book is an attempt to collect and make sense of them. But the book also features a very human element, a tinge of adventure that sets it apart from your standard history text. The stories in this book, in addition to their historical value, offer a testament to the experiential aspect of working at the NOC, that ineffable change that has affected so many staff and that forms the basis for outdoor adventure programs. The NOC was, and is, a dream; these are the stories of its dreamers.

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North Carolina Adventure Weekends
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North Carolina Adventure Weekends
Matt Schneider & Jessie Johnson


North Carolina Adventure Weekends takes readers to the best destinations in North Carolina for 48 hours of maximum adventure. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, North Carolina offers a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy—from camping in Pisgah National Forest to canoeing down the Nantahala River and hiking in the Croatan National Forest. There’s no need to spend hours researching the best destinations or go on long, expensive trips. North Carolina Adventure Weekends by Matt Schneider and Jessie Johnson is for hikers who love to climb, paddlers who love to pedal, and anyone else whose idea of unwinding is an action-packed weekend in the great outdoors. With 12 exciting trips to choose from, you’ll know where to stay and which adventures are truly weekend-worthy.
Each chapter in this full color guide highlights a focused geographic area and includes detailed directions, so readers can spend more time playing and less time driving from place to place. Adventurers will also learn where to stock up on supplies, what to do on a rainy day, and where to go to rehash the weekend’s adventures over an epic-worthy meal and a beer.
Inside You’ll Find
  • Trip descriptions to the 12 best destinations for weekend adventure
  • Hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling opportunities rated for difficulty
  • Lodging options, restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops
  • Ideal outings for individuals, couples, families, and groups

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  • On the Appalachian Trail: A Postcard Book
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    On the Appalachian Trail: A Postcard Book
    Friends of the Appalachian Trail


        There are many people who donate time, energy, and personal resources in support of the upkeep and protection of the Appalachian Trail. The images for this book were donated by volunteers and friends who seek to promote awareness and good stewardship of the trail. There are 30-full color picture postcards showcasing one of the most-visited regions in the United States.

        Few areas of American wilderness are more impressive than the Appalachian Trail, with its extraordinary scenery stretching nearly 2,200 miles and covering 250,000 acres from Maine to Georgia. Maintenance of the trail depends in part on more than 6,000 volunteers. These volunteers donated the gorgeous images for this book and seek to promote awareness and good stewardship of the trail. The postcards are detachable for use, or can be retained in the book as a keepsake of the Appalachian Trail and a reminder of the majesty of America’s unspoiled areas.



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    Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees
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    Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees



    The classic key to identifying native trees of the Pacific Coast, updated to reflect changes in the names of trees since publication of the first edition. Identifies native trees, and some widely introduced or naturalized species, of the Pacific Coast region, from British Columbia to Baja California. In this edition, Latin names of trees that grow in California conform to the University of California's 1993 Jepson Manual, and more recent name changes. From the Finders series of pocket guides to native plants and animals of the U.S. and Canada; like all plant guides in the series, this book uses a dichotomous key format for accurate identification.

    Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.



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    Pacific Intertidal Life
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    Pacific Intertidal Life



    This pocket-sized field guide identifies plants and animals that live in the intertidal zone of the Pacific coast, from Alaska to Baja California, in tide pools, caves, and crevices. Explains intertidal ecology and how these fascinating and varied creatures survive in the ever-changing environment between the limits of high and low tide.

    Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.

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