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Posted by elizabeth at Sep 10, 2009 03:35 PM |

It may sound like a dream job, but it’s a lot of hard work.  Writing guidebooks takes the physical stamina to rack up big miles, the imagination to anticipate what hikers need to know, lots of attention to detail, and a tireless passion for the outdoors.  As Terry Woods recounts in today's Seattle Times, guidebook author Craig Romano is perfectly suited to the job. 

Craig is the author of three books in the Day Hiking series by Mountaineers Books.  (Dan Nelson has authored the other three Day Hiking books for Washington.  Alan Bauer has contributed text and photographs for several of these books as well). 

As of this morning, content from all six of books in the Day Hiking series are now available through WTA’s Online Hiking Guide.  Some 600 new entries contain trail stats and descriptions straight for hikes throughout the Olympics and Cascades. (Check out this entry for Goat Lake.)

WTA owes Craig, Dan and Alan a huge debt of gratitude for sharing the fruits of their labor with WTA for this web site.  I had the opportunity hike Goat Lake with Craig earlier this summer, so I know how hard he works for these books. 

Complete copies of these Day Hiking guidebooks can be purchased from the Online Hiking guide, via a link to REI that benefits WTA, and Mountaineers Books donates a further 1% from these guidebooks to WTA and trail maintenance efforts. 



Is there a way to restrict searches to trails mentioned in one of these books?

Posted by:

ejain on Sep 10, 2009 08:41 PM


No, you can restrict by region, or of course by the book and keep the authors in socks in the website in bits.

Posted by:

Shadowdad on Sep 11, 2009 11:35 AM


Huh? How do I search "by the book"?

Posted by:

ejain on Sep 14, 2009 11:09 AM


Hi Eric-- As Shadowdad points out, you can search by region and/or subregion. It is worth noting that our categorization of hikes within regions and subregions very closely parallels the catagorization used in the "Day Hiking" book series. Of course, our online Hiking Guide includes far more hikes than the books, so while this will narrow your search, it is not exactly searching only for content from that region's "Day Hiking" guidebook.

Posted by:

Lauren Braden on Sep 14, 2009 11:33 AM


Thanks for clarifying.

Posted by:

ejain on Sep 14, 2009 03:20 PM

searching "by the book"


Also, for further clarification, I think Shadowdad was originally saying that you could BUY the book, not search BY the book (and support both the guidebook author and the WTA website through your purchase).

oh, homonyms!


Posted by:

Lace Thornberg on Sep 15, 2009 05:02 PM

debt of gratitude

"I am very concerned with the accelerated loss of our trail network. Losing major access roads to our trails only exarcerbates this loss. The Dosewallips Road is sort of a line in the sand for me and I believe for many others too. How many more trails and access to trails are we going to lose?" - Craig Ramano, 1/11/08

One can but hope that WTA's debt to Mr. Ramano might, in small part, be repaid in future by according sincere respect to his questions and opinions, not simply dismissing and ignoring them.[…]/when-to-let-a-road-go

Posted by:

Rod Farlee on Sep 16, 2009 02:12 PM