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the grandstand

The Grandstand talks about hiking in a way that is personal, humorous, and humble with the belief that spending time in the wilderness makes us better people. Hikes are more than just mileage and elevation gain—for many of us, they are a means of enduring, and possibly even enjoying, whatever life brings our way.

The Grandstand was named after a rock monolith at the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley.

 

Close Ups of the High Sierra by Norman Clyde

Close Ups of the High Sierra by Norman Clyde

La Siesta Press was founded nearby me in Glendale, California in 1960, and that's pretty much all I know, even after plenty of googling. The now-defunct publishing company had me at their name, but their books, which are all paperbacks of the same trim size, do not disappoint, either. I'm in the process of collecting most of them, especially the ones with titles like Mines of Death Valley, Grand Canyon Jeep Trails, and Climbing Mount Whitney. If you haven't guessed already, most of their titles focus on the outdoors in the Western United States.

My favorite so far is Close Ups of the High Sierra by Norman Clyde, published in 1976. Clyde, who apparently died four years before the book was published, was a high school principal based in Independence, California. After some strange incident involving a gun at school, Clyde resigned from his position and dedicated the rest of his life to the Sierra Nevada through mountaineering, hiking, writing, and photography. This book is an illustrated outline of his greatest adventures on the highest peaks.

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Trekking Poles Aren’t Just For Old Dudes

Trekking Poles Aren’t Just For Old Dudes

Roads End to Paradise Valley, Kings Canyon

Roads End to Paradise Valley, Kings Canyon