JUNE 16, 2014

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We received too many new hiking and camping guides the past month to feature them all in the newsletter.  New titles/editions that are not included in this issue are:


Best Easy Day Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park 2nd edition, ISBN 9780762782482, $9.95 tp

Best Hikes Near Vancouver BC, ISBN 9780762787142, $19.95 tp

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50 Climbs (by Bike) in Utah

John Summerson
(Extreme Press, $15.95, PB, 9780979257155)

Looking for a fun and challenging way get to the top of the mountain by bike in scenic Utah? 50 Climbs (By Bike) in Utah will show you how with this practical guide that includes everything you need to tackle the state's biggest paved challenges along with the description and location of the most difficult climbs.

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Boating / Water Sports

The Essential Knot Book: Knots, Bends, Hitches, Whippings and Splices 4th ed.

Colin Jarman
(International Marine Publishing, $ 14.00, PB, 9780071822350)

The Essential Knot Book is the must-have knot tying guide for any boat owner, scout, or nautical craft person. With its handy pocket size, it lets you see and understand at a glance what knots you need and how to tie them. Augmented with a vivid color photo showing the knot in use Compact and succinct--all you need to learn the basic knots, bends, hitches, whippings, and splices. Timeless subject--no app or technology can ever replace the need for knots on a boat!

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Moon Pacific Northwest Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping in Washington and Oregon

Tom Stienstra
(Avalon Travel Publishing, $24.99, PB, 9781612387734)

Top-selling outdoors writer Tom Stienstra covers the adventures of camping in the Pacific Northwest, including notable campsites along the Olympic Peninsula and Washington Coast, and more. Complete with details on what to pack, what to wear, reservations, fees, and the best camping facilities, Moon Pacific Northwest Camping gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable camping experience.

Climbing / Mountaineering

Bouldering Essentials: The Complete Guide to Bouldering

David Flanagan
(Three Rock, $29.95 , HC, 9780956787415)

Bouldering Essentials is packed with clear, practical advice for anyone interested in bouldering, whether a complete beginner looking to learn the basics, an indoor climber keen to start bouldering or an experienced boulderer who wants to explore more complex topics.

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Cooking & Food

Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg

Erica Shea and Stephen Valand
(Clarkson Potter Publishers, $19.99, PB, 9780804137638)

With homebrewing at an all-time high, the need for new and exciting recipes are in great demand. Brooklyn Brew Shop co-founders and owners Erica Shea and Stephen Valand have sampled hundreds of craft beers while backpacking across the world, and now they share their favourite recipes from the global community of small brewers.

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Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of Crossfit and the Primal Future of Fitness

J. C. Herz
(Crown Archetype, $25.00, HC, 9780385348874)

In Learning to Breathe Fire, veteran journalist J.C. Herz examine's CrossFit's origins, its explosive grassroots growth, and its emergence as a global phenomenon. Herz powerfully evokes the uniqueness of a fitness culture that cultivates primal fierceness in average people. And in the shared ordeal of an all-consuming workout, she unearths the ritual intensity that's been with us since humans invented sports, showing us how, on a deep level, we're all tribal hunters and first responders, waiting for the signal to go all-out.

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Family & Parenting

The Adventurous Boy's Handbook

Edited by Stephen Brennan and Finn Brennan
(Skyhorse Publishing, $17.95, HC, 9781628737073)

The Adventurous Boy's Handbook is filled with ideas, explanations, and instructions for games, sports, and activities that range from quick tasks to day-long adventures for the active or over-active young man in your life. So if you're a father with his son, a grandfather with his grandson, or an older sibling with his kid brother, you'll find that there is something that boys of all ages with enjoy in this book.

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Bears in the Backyard: Big Animals, Sprawling Suburbs, and the New Urban Jungle

Edward R. Ricciuti
(Countryman Press, $23.95, HC, 9781581572179)

As humans continue to encroach on the natural habitats of wild animals, these animals have now found their way into our habitats. Fang and claw have jumped the white picket fence as encounters with cougars in Chicago, alligators in Florida, and bears virtually everywhere have become increasingly commonplace. Author Edward Ricciuti explores cutting-edge research into why it's happening, how it impacts all of us, and how to deal with it on both societal and personal levels.

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Outdoor Skills

Prepare for Anything (Outdoor Life): 338 Essential Skills

Tim MacWelch
(Weldon Owen, $27.00, PB, 9781616286736)

In this timely follow-up to The Ultimate Survival Manual, Prepare for Anything is packed with hundreds of gear, skills, and survival tips and strategies to help you be ready for anything, from economic collapse and terrorism to natural disasters and government surveillance. This is the book for the growing prepper movement, easy-to-use checklists, and engaging first-person stories to break down the crucial do's and don'ts, educate yourself on various threats, and help to ensure that you ride out whatever is thrown at you.


From the Air Olympic Peninsula

Photography by David Woodcock, Essays by Tim McNulty
(Greywolf Photography, $29.95, PB, 9781578339822)

A beautifully designed book from award-winning aerial photographer David Woodcock, From the Air Olympic Peninsula is full of stunning aerial photographs of the Olympic Peninsula taken by Woodcock, with fascinating essays written by Tim McNulty.


Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run

Alexandra Heminsley
(Scribner Book Company, $15.00, PB, 9781451697155)

Running Like a Girl is the inspiring, hilarious memoir of a woman who transforms her life by learning to run, with stories of miserable defeat, complete victory, and learning to choose the right shoes. For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run, or failed to run, Heminsley's funny, warm, and motivational personal journey from non-athlete extraordinaire to someone who has completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, practical, and fun.

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Roadside Geology of Utah

Felicie Williams, Lucy Chronic, and Halka Chronic
(Mountain Press Publishing Company, $26.00, PB, 9780878426188)

Perhaps more so than any other state, Utah is built for geologic exploration, and geologists/authors Felicie Williams, Lucy Chronic, and Halka Chronic are its expert tour guides. Roadside Geology of Utah's 65 road guides traverse the state's major thoroughfares as well as its dusty, sleepy, winding two-lane highways. With fresh prose and more than 300 color photos, maps, and figures to boot, you too will become expert at reading Utah's rocks.


Exploring Montana's Pioneer Mountains: Lakes, Trails, and Natural History of This Hidden Gem

Leroy Friel
(Farcountry Press, $21.95, PB, 9781591521334)

In Exploring Montana's Pioneer Mountains, sportsman Leroy Friel provides tips for the best fishing holes and trails, as well as the best places to see wildflowers, wildlife, historic sites, and the star of the show, Montana's magnificent scenery. Friel's insights will be a welcome aid for those looking for a quiet getaway within an easy drive from Butte, Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula.

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