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Alaska River Guide
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Alaska River Guide
Karen Jettmar


    The rich tapestry of Alaska is threaded together by 365,000 miles of waterways, from cascading mountain streams to meandering valley rivers, from the meltwaters of glaciers to broad rivers that empty into the sea. These waterways run deep in the fabric of Alaskan life, providing means of communication, nutrition, and transport for plants, animals, and people.
 
    Highly sought after by Alaska river runners, The Alaska River Guide is the premier guide to Alaskan paddling. Karen Jettmar's insightful narrative combined with detailed river maps, photographs, and crucial at-a-glance information provides readers with the knowledge they need to plan a successful Alaska river trip. Details such as cautions to river hazards, prime paddling season, directions to river access points, and summaries of fish and wildlife encountered round out this one-of-a-kind guide.

     This book profiles a wide variety of rivers from all over Alaska, concentrating mainly on trips for intermediate boaters—those who have run Class I and II rivers with proficiency and who possess good wilderness camping skills. Some are good day trips; others involve major expedition planning. Most of the river trips described here are not high-speed experiences requiring helmets, wet suits, and sleek poly playboats—but several are. Some of the rivers are easily accessible by road and offer exciting whitewater runs (Gulkana River, Nenana River, Eagle River). On many of the rivers you can join tours, whether for an hour or for a month. The author looks at rivers as avenues to fine wilderness country and at boats as transportation rather than tools for surviving Class IV rapids.
   
    In writing this guidebook the author tried to not steal away the elements of surprise and adventure that people seek on a wilderness trip. Alaska's remoteness and size still offer plenty of both. The goal is to provide enough information to help you prepare for a trip, without spoiling your sense of discovery. At the same time, writing about an area inherently invites people to it and possibly makes it more popular. None of the rivers described in this guide is unknown, and some are already quite popular. The agencies that manage river areas can provide additional information on the places you plan to visit. (There's a listing of land managers at the back of this book.)
 
    River ratings and other information in this book provide guidance, but keep in mind that rivers are dynamic: they swell with snowmelt and rain, and they change course over time. For a particular river, use your best judgment in determining whether you have the boating and wilderness skills required. Factor in the river's remoteness and coldness, and the difficulty of being rescued, and then decide on the river for you.

CORRECTIONS NOTE:
These corrected pages are available for this title.
Please, click to download (pdf format):
Eagle River Chapter
Gulkana River Chapter
Matanuska River Chapter
Willow Creek Chapter

Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), August 2008
The book has just been revised, "maintaining its standing as an essential trip-planning resource for adventurers planning paddling or rafting trips in the Last Frontier. . . . The trip-planning information at the front of the book . . . has saved bush travelers tons of grief since the first version of the book came out in 1993."


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Appalachian Trail Hiker, 4ed
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Appalachian Trail Hiker, 4ed
Victoria and Frank Logue, and Nicole Blouin


The Appalachian Trail Backpacker is a one-stop guide to preparing for and hiking the A.T. Although primarily geared to prepare and sustain the intrepid thru hiker, the book is also a must-have for anyone who wishes to experience the A.T., whether for an hour or for six months.

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Backcountry Fishing
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Backcountry Fishing
Johnny Molloy


    For many anglers, the lure of fishing is not always the fish, but the places where the fish are. Tossing a rod is just the excuse for heading into the back of beyond, to enjoy nature on nature's terms, to get past the parking lot to enter the backcountry.

     Whether going by foot or by self-propelled craft, such as a canoe or kayak, backcountry travel leads anglers from an auto accessible trailhead or put-in to a fishing destination they must reach on their own, without a car or motorboat. This is backcountry fishing. The simplest way is to get there by foot. Walking or hiking to the destination requires merely a body of water, whether it be a lake or stream.

     Outback travel by boat is a little more complicated. A canoe or kayak is needed. In this situation you will start at a put-in and if by river, travel downstream, maybe camping, maybe not, then ending at a take-out. Other times, you will start and end in the same place, especially when traveling lakes, or a series of lakes connected by portages. Many kayaking destinations will be in saltwater. Some backcountry boating destinations, whether they be fresh or salt, river, lake or ocean, will be shared by some motor boaters. This guide covers backcountry fishing, whether day tripping in a canoe, day hiking along a remote river, or going for a multi-day excursion.

     Whether fly fishing, spin fishing, or saltwater fishing, Backcountry Fishing has all the information needed to be best prepared for backcountry fishing excursions. * Equipment including repair and maintenance * Casting techniques * Types of boats, canoes, and kayaks * Backcountry campsites * List of fish including where to find and bait to use *Cooking in the backcountry *Safety To help get anglers started, a list of backcountry fishing destinations for each state is also included with hiking and paddling destinations. It covers the bodies of water to be fished, where the waters are, the fish to be caught, backcountry accesses, what maps will be helpful, what types of overnight camping possibilities while fishing, and a helpful Internet information link.

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Backcountry Fishing (with product bundle)
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Backcountry Fishing (with product bundle)
Johnny Molloy


*This is a special bundled digital edition of this book. Buy the book at full price and get instant access to a downloadable pdf version. So it's two copies for the price of one!*

    For many anglers, the lure of fishing is not always the fish, but the places where the fish are. Tossing a rod is just the excuse for heading into the back of beyond, to enjoy nature on nature's terms, to get past the parking lot to enter the backcountry.

     Whether going by foot or by self-propelled craft, such as a canoe or kayak, backcountry travel leads anglers from an auto accessible trailhead or put-in to a fishing destination they must reach on their own, without a car or motorboat. This is backcountry fishing. The simplest way is to get there by foot. Walking or hiking to the destination requires merely a body of water, whether it be a lake or stream.

     Outback travel by boat is a little more complicated. A canoe or kayak is needed. In this situation you will start at a put-in and if by river, travel downstream, maybe camping, maybe not, then ending at a take-out. Other times, you will start and end in the same place, especially when traveling lakes, or a series of lakes connected by portages. Many kayaking destinations will be in saltwater. Some backcountry boating destinations, whether they be fresh or salt, river, lake or ocean, will be shared by some motor boaters. This guide covers backcountry fishing, whether day tripping in a canoe, day hiking along a remote river, or going for a multi-day excursion.

     Whether fly fishing, spin fishing, or saltwater fishing, Backcountry Fishing has all the information needed to be best prepared for backcountry fishing excursions. * Equipment including repair and maintenance * Casting techniques * Types of boats, canoes, and kayaks * Backcountry campsites * List of fish including where to find and bait to use *Cooking in the backcountry *Safety To help get anglers started, a list of backcountry fishing destinations for each state is also included with hiking and paddling destinations. It covers the bodies of water to be fished, where the waters are, the fish to be caught, backcountry accesses, what maps will be helpful, what types of overnight camping possibilities while fishing, and a helpful Internet information link.


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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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Berry Finder: A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits
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Berry Finder: A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits



A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits

This book will help you identify plants with fleshy fruit one inch in diameter or smaller found in Eastern North America. Ripe fruits are described in this book. Most unripe fruits are green or white, and many turn several colors before maturing. Note that this is a plant identification book, not a guide to edible plants.

This book calls all fleshy fruits "berries," whether they are drupes, pomes, accessory fruits, aggregates, or true berries. It includes native species as well as some cultivated species that have escaped to the wild.

Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.


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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic
Matt Willen


Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic by Matt Willen provides readers with detailed information on 43 of the best Appalachian Trail day hikes along the 450 miles stretch of trail that extends from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia to the New York/Connecticut state line.

The guide includes a range of hikes, from those that are suitable for families with small children looking for a nice walk in the woods, to the seasoned hiker out for challenging weekend. Many of the hikes make use of adjacent side trails to create loop and balloon configuration trips as well as out-and-back excursions, and all of the trips can be completed with a single car. Each of the profiles includes pertinent information on the history or natural history of the hike and provides recommendations for other activities or sites of interest in the area.

Be sure to check out the other two books in the series as well:

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South


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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England
Lafe Low


Spanning from southern Connecticut up to the top of the mighty Katahdin, Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England by local author Lafe Low is a thorough reference to 45 day hikes on the Appalachian Trail in New England.

This is the only guide that specifically covers the best days hikes (suitable for expert hikers to families with kids) along the AT as it passes through New England. The profiles include everything one would need to plan and proceed with a day hike on the AT: trailhead location, hiking time, hiking intensity, full description, directions, and maps.

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South
Johnny Molloy


Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South is important since it takes readers directly to the best experiences to be had on the Appalachian Trail in highland Dixie. The book details 45 hikes along the AT, from the trail’s southern terminus atop Springer Mountain in Georgia north through North Carolina and Tennessee, into Virginia to the Maryland state line. It helps hikers experience those special moments in special places on the Appalachian Trail, whether it is hiking to overlooks, waterfalls and wildernesses, as well as scenic, cultural and historical sites, even trail towns.

Readers can experience adventures stretched out along the spine of the Southern Appalachians. Georgia’s Blood Mountain proudly displays gardens of mountain laurel while deep woodlands of birch and rhododendron rise astride Long Creek. In North Carolina, the open meadows of Siler Bald contrast with the lush forests of Standing Indian Mountain. In Tennessee, the spruce-fir evergreens on Roan Mountain juxtapose with the great oak woodlands found on the shores of Watauga Lake. In Virginia, fern gardens line the AT on the slopes of Stony Man Mountain while wind stunted pine ridges flank the path near the Dragons Tooth. In this varied terrain and habitat, we follow the AT to our hiking destinations.

Using veteran outdoor writer Johnny Molloy’s three decades of experience exploring the Southern Appalachians, this book is a true compilation of the best hikes on the Appalachian Trail in the South, and adds value to the book.


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Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes, 3ed
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Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes, 3ed
Victoria Logue, Frank Logue, and Leonard M. Adkins


A concise guide to the best day hikes along the entire Appalachian Trail.

Summit the iconic Katahdin in Maine, explore Pennsylvania's Chimney Rocks, splash in Tennessee's Laurel Fork Gorge and Falls, and find out where Blood Mountain got its name in the new edition of Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes by Victoria and Frank Logue and Leonard M. Adkins.

This is the most comprehensive and useful guide to this beloved long trail. The book details hikes in each of the 14 states that the Appalachian Trail passes through; previews the flora, fauna, and history of the A.T.; and offers point-by-point descriptions of each hike with trailhead directions. Hikes range in length from less than 1 mile to 11 miles.



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