In the early 1970s, a young, novice hiker had an audacious idea. Ron Strickland decided to create a 1,200-mile footpath across three national parks and seven national forests to link Glacier National Park's alpine meadows with Olympic National Park's wilderness coast. Enchanted by all that magnificent backcountry, he enlisted volunteers, lobbied landowners, and dug dirt. Four decades later in 2...
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Oregon State University Press (May 15, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
Amazon Rank: 873318
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First, let me offer that I am not a backpacker. Pathfinder is much more than an essay on the outdoors or a guidebook. It is a slice of the author's life which not only documents the development of a remarkable trail, but it can give the uninitiated...
ent Obama made the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail an official part of our national heritage. In this book Ron reveals how he and the volunteers bucked both brush and bureaucracy to establish one of the world's most beautiful trails.Ron Strickland is a master storyteller whose seven previous oral histories and guidebooks showcase some of our most fascinating regions and people. In Pathfinder he intersperses colorful portraits of memorable trail characters, insider's tips about favorite hikes, and news about the coming Renaissance of hiking. "The adventure," he says, "is just beginning."