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289 pages (May 2005); 4.6MB downloadWilderness Press
; ISBN: 978-0899973852
Get more out of life — take a hike! The Joy of Hiking is a comprehensive guide to hiking and the "hiking lifestyle," chock-full of advice for both novice and experienced hikers — plus everyone in between. It's a compendium of wise words and inspirational advice from the Trailmaster himself, the hiking columnist for the Los Angeles Times for 18 years. McKinney's engaging, supportive tone will convince you that America's most popular form of outdoor recreation is ideal for fun, fitness, spiritual renewal, and reconnecting with friends and family.
The Joy of Hiking covers where to go, how to prepare, what to take, and how to find your way. Learn everything from safely removing a tick to hiking mindfully, from hiking for weight loss to hiking for mental health, from selecting a local hiking spot to planning a nature adventure in Europe. It also features fun facts (did you know there are six different kinds of rainbows?), kid-friendly trip ideas, and plenty of anecdotes, quotes, and trail humor to inspire hikers and would-be hikers to lace up their boots and hit the trail.
About the Author
John McKinney is the author of a dozen books about walking, hiking and nature, including a series of day hiking guides to California. For 18 years he wrote a popular hiking column for the Los Angeles Times, and he now writes articles and commentaries about hiking for national publications, and promotes hiking and conservation on radio and television.