Whether you are a novice hiker or have been hiking for years, it never hurts to learn more about your passion. Matter of fact, many hikers don’t believe that their backpack is properly packed unless it includes some reading material. Here are a few books to consider as part of your trail preparation.
- Highpoints of the United States by Don W. Holmes (Cordiller Press, Inc,1990)if you have ever wondered what the highest point is in each state is and what it would take to reach each peak, then this is just the book. You will trail descriptions, milepost information, historical notes an more in this well written book.
- Follow the Trail: A Young Person’s Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy (Henry Holt & Company, 2003) is written especially for children, Ms. Loy uses illustrations and photos to explain how children can help plan, prepare and participate in all the fun found when hiking and camping out.
- Take a Hike: The Sierra Club Kid’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking by Lynne Foster (Sierra Club Books,1991) teaches children, ad beginning hikers the basics of this great activity. The book includes chapters on map reading, what to watch for along the trail, how to set up camp and resources for sponsored hikes, and getting maps.
- 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books, 2007) is well written and informative. You will find directions to the trailhead and where to turn along the trail, level of difficulty, elevation, how long it will take to follow the trail and when the trail(s) are accessible. Of special interest are the photographs of many of the hiking areas as well as a description of the trails terrain.
- The Complete Guide to Walking in Canada by Elliott Katz (A Firefly Book, 2001)- Whether you live n Canada or are planning a hiking adventure this book is a plethora of information on how to plan a trip, where to go, when to go and much more. There is also a special section of color photos taken along some of Canada’s beautiful hiking trails.
- Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Most Popular Scenic Roadway by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guide, 2003) offers trail by trail descriptions of this beautiful hike. Divided into 4 sections- the North Central Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Plateau, the High Country and the Southern Appalachians; hikers will find information concerning difficulty and type of trail, milepost, and the sights to be seen along the trail. This book also includes information such as maps, where to find overnight lodging, and where to find boat access, should the trip include rafting as well as hiking adventure.
- Dayhiker: Walking for Fun, Fitness and Adventure by Robert S. Wood (Ten Speed Press, 1991) No matter your hiking experience this book offers a plethora of information to help with determining your hiking needs. Chapters cover topics like types of clothing, how to train for hiking, backpacking know-how, and many practical tips for enjoying this adventuresome sport.
- Car Camping for Everyone by Mary and Bill Burnham (Morris Book Publishing, 2009) is a well written book that offers Hiking tips for solo and group hiking, as well as introducing your children to the joys of hiking. Car Camping for Everyone has valuable information on day hiking, menu planning, the necessary gear and much more.
Take a hike and bring along a book to read. You can be hiking in Arizona and read about the mountains of Canada-what a life!