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New Book for Sale – Old Stuff Wins Awards

Just Released! Backpacking’s Triple Crown: The Junior VersionCover5

For backpackers, America’s long trails hold a special place of honor. To have hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail or Pacific Crest Trail is a tremendous accomplishment. Hiking all three, the “Triple Crown” of backpacking, is an experience the vast majority of us can only dream about. For those that aspire to take an epic thru-hike, but can’t commit months at a time to the endeavor, there are other options. In fact, there is a Triple Crown of shorter “long trails” that require weeks, not months to complete. These trails provide much of the same tremendous scenery and adventure as their more extended brethren, but are achievable for those with families, careers and/or a lot of years under their belts. Come along with Yours Truly (Jim Rahtz) as I tackle this Junior Version of the Triple Crown. Walk the Colorado Trail as it shares a path through the Rocky Mountains with the Continental Divide Trail. Visit the most iconic sights of the Pacific Crest Trail through hiking the John Muir Trail. While on the Long Trail, climb up Stratton Mountain, where the idea for the Appalachian Trail was conceived. Of course, hiking these trails is not all rainbows and unicorns. I share both the joys and struggles of these thru-hikes in an easy, hopefully entertaining style. Be warned though. Once you’ve finished the book, your bucket list may be a little longer. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions right here, right now.

Outdoor Writers of Ohio Awards Presented

At their annual conference, held at Grand Lake on May 12-15, the Outdoor Writers of Ohio presented the organization’s Craft Improvement Awards. A Short Book on the Long Trail was named “Outstanding Media Achievement” for 2015. Photography from the book won two awards including the “People’s Choice Award” for an image of an Eastern Newt.Salamander

An article from this blog, “Why I Hunt,” was also recognized.

Long Trail Photos, Part 2

Below are color versions of the photos used in my book, A Short Book on the Long Trail. These are from the second half of the book. Click here to see the those from the first half.

A view from the John Muir Trail
A view from the John Muir Trail
Winooski River
Winooski River
The summit of Mount Mansfield
The summit of Mount Mansfield
View from the top
View from the top
Sterling Pond
Sterling Pond
Nice stretch of trail
Nice stretch of trail
View from Laraway Lookout
View from Laraway Lookout
Corliss Camp
Corliss Camp
View from the fire tower, Belvedere Mountain
View from the fire tower, Belvedere Mountain
Don't slip!
Don’t slip!
End of the line.
End of the line.
Small waterfall
Small waterfall

Long Trail Photos

If you’ve bought the paperback version of my book, A Short Book on the Long Trail and were wondering what the photos look like in color; here you go.

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Continental Divide, San Juan Mountains
Continental Divide, San Juan Mountains
View from Stratton Mountain
View from Stratton Mountain
What I left behind
What I left behind
View from Pine Cobble Trail
View from Pine Cobble Trail
Kid Gore Shelter
Kid Gore Shelter
North from Bromley
North from Bromley
Yes, this is the trail up Baker Mountain
Yes, this is the trail up Baker Mountain
Little Rock Pond
Little Rock Pond
Ancient rock wall
Ancient rock wall
Inn on the Long Trail. A welcome sight and great spot to relax
Inn on the Long Trail. A welcome sight and great spot to relax
After some rain...watch out for frogs.
After some rain…watch out for frogs.
Salamander settling in on the trail which has become a creek
Salamander settling in on the trail which has become a creek
Steam rising up into the fog
Steam rising up into the fog
Rungs for the climb down
Rungs for the climb down
View from Burnt Rock Mountain
View from Burnt Rock Mountain
Montclair Glen Lodge
Montclair Glen Lodge
Camels Hump in the Clouds
Camels Hump in the Clouds
Elevation profile of Camels Hump
Elevation profile of Camels Hump

That’s the first half. For the rest of the photos, click here.