Sunday, March 25, 2018

Take a Hike!
At the beginning of this month, Travel & Nature Adventure Photographer, Philip Kramer released an incredibly beautiful labor of love to the world by way of Mountaineers Books.  In his debut publication, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California: Section Hiking from Tuolumne Meadows to Green Pass, he illustrates a step-by-step guide for creating the perfect adventure-vacation centered around hiking (in any form) the 740 miles of the Northern California section of the Pacific Crest trail.  Loaded with gorgeous photographs he's become known for, Philip also crams this book full of information ranging from little known or even obscure facts, to preservation and conservation opportunities, to some of the smallest details (including tips & tricks from experienced hikers) worth taking into consideration when planning excursions.  Instead of just sticking to the obvious highlights, this newly minted author shines a full spectrum light on this oft ignored, or at least, seldom discussed portion of a very popular American attraction.

The truth of the matter is, I came for the photography, and sentimentality having known the author for 32 years, but I stayed for the writing that kept my pages turning, and excitement and wanderlust it ignited.  However, one of my favorite things about this in-depth guide is that you do not have to actually know the author personally to feel as though you're sitting down sharing stories with your best friend, which to me, makes the whole idea of planning a trip that much more fun.

If you'd like to learn a little more about Philip Kramer, visit his website or if you're curious to hear more about his own experience hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 check out the Adventure Sports Podcast found, here.