Index of Books
Below you will find a list of books that are either related to travel
pages on this site or just books that I have tremendously enjoyed reading.
If the author of the book has a personal home page a link is provided.
While I bought these books at various times and places most books can be
found at the following store that makes mail order deliveries: Adventurous
This is one of my favorite guide books to the canyons area in the Southwest US. For places he has visited in person, Kelsey gives quite accurate descriptions as to how to enter and exit the various canyons described which is quite important for slot canyons where it can be rather difficult finding a suitable entry or exit point given the shallow angel from which you normally are looking down into the canyons. However for areas the author had not visited in person the descriptions could not be relied on with any accuracy. A lot of detail is included amongst: Location and Access: Trail and Route Conditions, Elevations, Hike Length and Time Needed, Water, Maps, Main Attractions, Ideal Time to Hike, Hiking Boots, Author's experience.
This book falls in the same category as Canyon Hiking Guide to the
Colorado Plateau 3rd Ed. above except that the areas described differ
though there is some overlap
This book contains a lot of travel suggestions ranging from short one
day car tours to extended multi-day hikes in the canyons of the Four Corners
(Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado) area. While not as detailed as the
books by M.R. Kelsey it is a welcome companion to Kelsey's books rounding
out his sometimes sparse descriptions of the areas surrounding the hikes.
Note: I have seen a 2nd edition (1997) of the book which is supposed to
included several more hikes and color pictures.
This book contributed much to my enjoyment of the Canyonlands scenery.
The text is not too dry and is intersperced with a good dose of diagrams,
B&W and color photographs.
I purchased this not very detailed map/booklet at the Paria Information
Station just off Highway 89 about 30 miles northwest of Page. It is handy
to have as a quick reference since it includes on Geology, Wildlife, History
etc. But a good USGS maps cannot be dispensed of.
I found this little booklet useful additional information for
deciding what inner canyon hikes I'd like to do. It has no maps and almost
no photos but the written description are very interesting when read in
conjunction with a good USGS or Trails Illustrated map. There are two other
books in the series (II and III) and I had a very hard time finding them
since it seems that La Siesta Press no longer prints them.
This is quite a descriptive book indicating length and duration of hikes
between points, where to find water, quad maps to use and emergency exits.
Four loop hikes a included from 6 to 9 days in length. The author writes
in a style that is enjoyable to read interspersed with his own sometimes
hilarious experiences. For the price it is well worth buying.
"The Backpacker's Handbook is a comprehensive guide intended
to both inspire and inform. Beginners and experts alike will find it an
invaluable aid." This is quite true as I have found out. The book covers
subjects such as shoes, cloths, wilderness cooking, tents, backpacks, rudimentary
survival skills, etc. So it is quite comprehensive and detailed but not
overbearing. Quite a handy book to have around.
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