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Classic Hikes of North America

25 Breathtaking Treks in the United States and Canada

Potterfield, Peter

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Classic Hikes of North America
Analyzes and grades twenty five different hikes around North America, providing detailed maps, photographs, and discussions of the best times to go and potential weather and wildlife hazards.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393065138
Characteristics: 223 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,29 cm


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Dec 08, 2012

I was excited to pick up this book. Many great hikes and backpacks are included in the pages along with enough photographs to qualify as a "coffee table book". As a long time backpacker, I especially approved of the dual rating system in which each trip is accorded both a "physical" as well as a "psychological" numerical value from 1 to 5. While no one ever questions the need to know how hard phyically a particular trip may be, far too often the psychological impact and investment is overlooked.
I did note one error of fact (which could have been easily avoided by better fact checking) on a Montana trip which cites the highest mountain in the state as Mount Gardner (pg 98), when in fact at 12,799' it is Granite Peak .
I would hardily recommend this book to everyone- old hands, beginners and non- hikers alike. Who knows- you may be inspired to take a hike! (sorry I could not resist).


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