Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Try it Tuesday & Review {50 Best short hikes Utah's National Parks by Greg Witt}

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"Try it Tuesday & Review."
Today, I have a new book called,
50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks
by Greg Witt

Utah’s five national parks—Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion—hold some of the most awe-inspiring geology on the planet. Each park offers visitors the dramatic scenery that invites exploration and discovery. And there's a lot to be discovered.
That's why, in his update to hiking legend Ron Adkison's 50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks (2nd edition from Wilderness Press) veteran, Utah-based hiking guide Greg Witt has made it his mission to sift through the thousands of miles of trail to share the absolute best routes in each park, hikes that are both "must see" are accessible.

Park visitors who are short on time will find this book to be the ideal traveling companion, quickly helping readers identify the hikes and sights, making the best use of their time and provide maximum enjoyment.
"I had families, casual hikers, and out-of-town visitors in mind when I did the re-write," said Witt, emphasizing the two operative words in the title: best and short. "With the book, they'll be sure to get the most out of what might be a once-in-a-lifetime trip to these national parks."

Originally published almost 15 years ago, Witt's update is more of a reboot for the bestseller, with each hike including updated distances, highlights, area maps, and easy-to-follow trailhead directions to make hike selection as fast and efficient as possible. Once in the trail, the detailed, completely redesigned maps, route descriptions, and interactive details ensure that hikers get the most out of their trip.

Even avid hikers and experienced desert explorers will find new insights and discoveries as Witt’s interesting and approachable style details the geologic forces that created this landscape. He brings to life the human history—prehistoric cliff-dwellers, native tribes, ranchers, farmers, loggers, miners, and outlaws—that adds to the color of the Colorado Plateau where these five parks are set.
50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks, 2nd edition is available in March 2014, from Wilderness Press.
About the author:
Greg Witt has lived the adventures he writes about and shares with audiences around the world. His journeys have taken him to every corner of the globe. He has guided mountaineering expeditions in the Alps and Andes and paddled wild rivers in the Americas. He has dropped teams of adventurers into golden slot canyons, trudged through deep jungles in Africa, Central America, and Asia, and guided archeological expeditions across the parched Arabian Peninsula. His passion for adventure has always focused on sharing his experience with others

Greg is the founder and Chief Adventure Officer of Alpenwild, the leading operator of hiking and trekking tours in the Swiss Alps. Some weeks, Greg hikes more miles than he drives, which means he wears out his boots faster than he wears out his tires. He has crossed the Grand Canyon on foot many times, climbed Colorado’s three highest peaks in three days, and in a recent summer in the Alps he hiked over 700 miles and gained nearly 100,000 vertical feet of elevation—the equivalent of climbing Everest 9 times.

Now he leads readers on the most breathtaking hikes and exciting outdoor adventures on the globe. He comes ready to discuss the geology, history, archaeology, weather patterns, culture, flora, and fauna of the exciting locales he loves. Other titles include 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City and Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel. He is the US Editor of Off the Tourist Trail: 1000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives (DK Eyewitness Travel) and a contributing editor of Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, A Rough Guide to the World. He lives in Provo, UT.
In my opinion:
It sure was nice of Greg Witt to compile the 50 BEST SHORT hikes in Utah. This book came to me right on time for my family reunion.  I don't think it was a coincidence, it was a blessing to review this book. A couple months ago, my family planned to go to Zion's National Park for our family reunion in May.  So, I was excited to look through Witt's book to get an idea of the best hikes available. Since we are going to Zion's National Park, I went straight to the park overview. Witt included 11 different hikes. Each hike had a description, route, and GPS coordinates. Witt also included the trailhead location, trail use, distance & configuration, elevation range, facilities and highlights. I've been to Zion's National Park before but it was nice to have more detail from a guidebook writer. Plus, I have small children so short, easy hikes are perfect for my family.
The 50 best short hikes in Utah's National Parks also included Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. Someday, I want to visit Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon so I know this book will come in handy when I do plan my adventure. I definitely recommend Greg Witt's book, 50 best short hikes in Utah's National Parks. It is definitely resourceful.
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free from Wilderness Press in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  

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