Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams

Grizzly Bears and Razor ClamsWalking America's Pacific Northwest Trail
by Chris Townsend

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This book tells the story of Chris Townsend's walk along the Pacific Northwest Trail, which runs for 1,200 miles from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, through the states of Montana, Idaho, and Washington. The trail is in its infancy; a mix of signed footpaths, abandoned old trails, dirt roads, animal tracks, and cross-country hikes that made route finding and hiking often quite difficult and sometimes potentially hazardous. Most nights were spent camped alone in the forests and mounts and the author often met no other hikers for many days at a time. The trail passes through some of the most magnificent landscapes in the US, many of which are featured here in the author's beautiful color photographs, all taken during the walk.

About the Author

Chris Townsend is a writer and photographer passionate about mountains, wild places and long distance walking. As well as the Pacific Northwest Trail Chris has hiked the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail; the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail; the 800 mile Arizona Trail; 1,300 miles south to north through Norway and Sweden; 1,000 miles south to north through the Yukon Territory; 1600 miles along the length of the Canadian Rockies, the first time this walk had been done and 1,600 miles over all the Munros and Tops (3,000 foot summits in Scotland, another first.

Chris is involved with several outdoor and conservation organisations and has served as the President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. He is currently the Vice-President of the Backpacker's Club. Chris lives near Grantown-on-Spey in Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park. Chris has written 22 other books on the outdoors, including the award winning The Backpacker's Handbook (now in its fourth edition); Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain Ranges series; Crossing Arizona, the story of an 800 mile walk along the Arizona Trail; Walking the Yukon, the story of a 1000 mile walk through the Yukon Territory; The Munros and Tops, the story of his continuous round; and A Year In The Life of The Cairngorms, a photographic study.

Product Details

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Sandstone Press (August 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908737042
ISBN-13: 978-1908737045
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches