Classic Hikes of the World

Classic Hikes of the World

23 Breathtaking Treks With Detailed Routes and Maps for Expeditions on Six Continents

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Outlines definitive hiking tours recommended by the author as definitive forays into some of the world's most scenic or naturally significant locales, in a collection of weekend, four-day, and multi-week hikes that do not require technical mountaineering skills and features such sites as the Grand Canyon, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the French Alps. 20,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
Inspiration and information to help you plan (and dream about) your next big trek.
This book will help you realize your dreams of hiking among the world's highest peaks and most scenic canyons, discovering wilderness far from the clamor of civilization, encountering rare birds and animals, glorying in sunsets over glacier-clad ranges, and feeling the joy and achievement of hiking some of the world's most spectacular trails.Peter Potterfield has selected the great hikes of the world from personal experience, having hiked and photographed hundreds of trails to arrive at this selection. The adventures described range from weekend overnights to four-day hut trips to epic journeys that take a few weeks out and back. None requires technical mountaineering skill. Features include details on trail conditions, levels of difficulty, best seasons, approach strategies, hazards, and maps. Hikes include: John Muir Trail, California; Wonder Lake to McGonagall Pass, Alaska; Tour de la Vanoise, French Alps; Kungsleden, Swedish Lapland; K2 Base Camp; Grand Canyon rim to rim; Mount Kilimanjaro; Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina; and Shackleton's Crossing, South Georgia.

Book News
With stunning color photographs of scenery in six continents from North America to Antarctica, this volume offers advice on trekking wilderness areas from the John Muir Trail in California to Shackleton's crossing to South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic. Chapters include maps and general information on the destination, hike logistics and strategy, hazards, season, routes, and resources (e.g., guide services). Pottersfield is an award-winning Seattle-based writer (e.g., High Himalaya) and hiker. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Outlines hiking tours recommended by the author as forays into some of the world's most scenic or naturally significant locales, in a collection of weekend, four-day, and multi-week hikes that do not require technical mountaineering skills.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393057966
Branch Call Number: 796.51 P856c 2005
Characteristics: 223 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm

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May 28, 2017

I appreciate the great detail he includes to describe each route. The level of detail gives me a very clear idea as to whether the hike is within my ability. In addition to the route detail, he includes a "physical challenge" rating. Many hiking and trekking books exclude this level of detail. Like so many other adventure travel books, this book has lots of great photos to pique your interest. The difference is, it not only tells you why you want to go, it tells you what it's going to take physically. If you are serious about wanting to do an international trek, you want to get this book. BTW, it includes the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier. I own his companion book entitled Classic Hikes of North America.


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