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#11 highz

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:26 AM

The "Roadside Geology of <your state here>" series

"A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold

"The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America" by D. A. Sibley

Anything by John Muir. I carry his writings on my iPod Touch. Got 'em from Project Gutenberg, I think.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:12 AM

Since several people have mentioned John McPhee I would recommend picking up his entire collection, Annals of the Former World, which includes Basin and Range, In Suspect Terrain, Rising from the Plains, Assembling California,and Crossing the Craton.

Another Good one is History of the Sierra Nevadaby Francis P. Farquhar.

Sand County Almanac is a must read in my opinion as is Cadillac Desert

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:47 AM

Anything by John Muir.

Yes!
I read his "The Mountains of California" when I was in high school. I remember one part where he talks about climbing up into a tall tree (selecting one not near any weak trees) during a wind storm to feel it swaying back and forth.
Wow! -- what a guy!

a must read in my opinion as is Cadillac Desert

Yes -- another classic!
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:09 AM

This is a great idea, Ski. Maybe we could get our uber-webmaster to think about some sort of index, similar to theplaces part of WTW. I continue to be impressed with the intellect and inquisitive nature of WTWers.

My library has many of those already mentioned:
Muir The Mountains of California, Travels in Alaska
Farquhar, History of the Sierra Nevada (+1)
J.W. Powell, The Exploration of the Colorado River and it's Canyons
McPhee, Basin & Range (+2), Assembling California (+1), Rising from the Plains, Founding Fish
Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez
Abbey, Desert Solitaire (read first time while visiting Moab in the mid-eighties)
Ed Buryn, Vagabonding in America

The last book, Vagabonding got me into hitch hiking, then bike touring, finally graduated to a Westfalia and life on the road, but ultimately into owning a FWC :)
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:13 AM

Yes!
I read his "The Mountains of California" when I was in high school. I remember one part where he talks about climbing up into a tall tree (selecting one not near any weak trees) during a wind storm to feel it swaying back and forth.
Wow! -- what a guy!


Yes -- another classic!

I loved the story by Muir how he took a bunch of artists up to Tuolumne Mdws. then struck off to climb Mt. Ritter. He stuck a crust of bread under his belt and took off cross-country. I think it took him three days round trip (15-20 miles each way). I've repeated the third class route where he almost fell ("surely I must fall . . .") and it was a bold line.


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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:14 AM

This is a great idea, Ski. Maybe we could get our uber-webmaster to think about some sort of index, similar to theplaces part of WTW.


Yes!
Maybe sticky this thread, so people can see the comments about the books suggested, but also make a list created by extracting the suggested books from the thread.
DD said he was going to do some website work anyway... :)

I loved the story by Muir how he took a bunch of artists up to Tuolumne Mdws. then struck off to climb Mt. Ritter. He stuck a crust of bread under his belt and took off cross-country. I think it took him three days round trip (15-20 miles each way). I've repeated the third class route where he almost fell ("surely I must fall . . .") and it was a bold line.


Yeah, I remember that part too, now that you mention it. Alpine climbing with a blanket and a loaf of bread...! What a guy!

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:03 AM

Sand County Almanac is a must read in my opinion as is Cadillac Desert

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Cort, thank you for the reminder, I have been thinking it was time to reread both of these!
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:19 AM

well actually Highz reminded me about Sand County Almanac.....but its still a must read.

Here's a few of the guide book genre

The High Sierra, Peaks Passes and Trails, R.J. Secor (The Mountaineers) -- I'm sure many year are intimately familiar with this.
Sierra High Route, Traversing Timberline Country, Steve Roper (The Mountaineers)

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:30 AM

Yeah, I remember that part too, now that you mention it. Alpine climbing with a blanket and a loaf of bread...! What a guy![/size]

That reminds me of a part in Abbey's Desert Solitaire where he high tails it out of Moab into the La Sals to beat the heat; Runs his pickup as far up Mount Tukuhnikivatz as it will go; fries bacon in a pan on the fire for a meal; sleeps under the stars then climbs the mountain on a breakfast of bacon the next day. What's not to love about a guy that lives on bacon, sleeps in bear country smelling like bacon, and does it all to get away from people and into nature?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:52 PM

Thanks folks, just when I was making headway on my Amazon wishlist this thread comes along! Posted Image

A handful of my travel related favorites:

Berger, Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California
Steinbeck, Log From the Sea Of Cortez (+2)
Mackinstosh, Into A Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk Around the Coast of Baja California
Moitessier, A Sea Vagabonds World: Boats and Sails Distant Shores Islands and Lagoons
de Saint-Exupery, Wind Sand Stars
Simon, Jupiter's Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Motorcycle
Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler
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