books

Sierra Summits

March 11, 2019

Explore the Range of Light with Matt Johanson in his recently released, Sierra Summits. The book divides California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range into five geographic sections: Lake Tahoe, Central Sierra, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and Eastern Sierra. The 50 hikes are outlined with photos, a stat summary (distance, time, difficulty, permits, etc.), […]

The Kid Who Climbed Everest

March 1, 2019

From the dream of an eight-year-old boy to the amazing achievement of a twenty-three-year-old man, The Kid Who Climbed Everest is the inspiring account from Bear Grylls. Many know him as the host of the television series Man vs Wild, drinking pee and eating bugs (or worse!) to survive in remote wildness areas, but back […]

Turning Left Around the World

September 27, 2018

An absorbing narrative of the ultimate bucket list! Turning Left Around the World by David C Moore is an informative, entertaining account of the author’s 10 month travels around the world with his wife, Helene. The book’s title is a twofold pun: (1) traveling west from London and (2) turning left when entering the plane […]

Vantage Point

August 9, 2018

Grab a rope and harness! The soon-to-be released book from the editors of Climbing Magazine have compiled a collection of stories in the 241-page book titled, Vantage Point. The book is divided chronologically starting in the 1970s, taking you through to the 2010s. The tales are written by notable climbers of each era, and include details […]

Backpacker Hidden Gems

July 31, 2018

Sshhh…it’s a secret, but we’ll share them with you! Backpacker Magazine and Destinations Editor, Maren Horjus have found some of the not-so-well-known (at least up until now!), best hikes in the United States and are sharing them with us in their new book, Backpacker Hidden Gems, 100 Greatest Undiscovered Hikes Across America. The book is […]

100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky

July 24, 2018

Attention all budding astronomers! Recently released, the new book from author, Dean Regas, 100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky, will be your guide to identifying and viewing planets, satellites, meteors, constellations, and more when you are in the southern hemisphere. Unlike his previous book, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, which focusses on […]

Insight Guides

July 2, 2018

It’s like having your own personal expert sharing the information you need to know to make the most of your vacation! Insight Guides offers a wide range of books covering whole countries, cities, regions, and pocket guides. They are filled with gorgeous photos, practical information, historical and cultural summaries, detailed maps, A to Z travel tips, […]

Best Hikes Sacramento: The Greatest Vistas, Rivers, and Gold Rush Trails, 2nd Edition

June 27, 2018

A handy guide to explore the Sacramento area. Just released from FalconGuides, the second edition of Best Hikes Sacramento: The Greatest Vistas, Rivers, and Gold Rush Trails expertly leads you through the area within an hour’s drive of this California capital. Author and California native, Tracy Salcedo, takes you through 5 different areas: Sacramento Metro Area, […]

The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book

June 6, 2018

Capturing why we love the outdoors! Recently released, The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book is filled with words of wisdom, beauty, and wonder. This little book contains an assortment of quotes from artists, scientists, naturalists, politicians, authors, and philosophers on such subjects as nature’s beauty and bounty, the spirit of adventure, and nature’s power and longevity. We especially […]

Backpacker The Survival Hacker’s Handbook

April 5, 2018

Practical advice for the average Joe and Josephine to survive in the wilderness! That’s what the new book, Backpacker The Survival Hacker’s Handbook by Ted Alvarez gives you. It’s divided into 2 sections, the first half concentrates on the basics: shelter, fire, water, food, and navigation; while the second half focuses on counteracting the external […]

Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine

April 2, 2018

Live vicariously through the stories chronicled by the editors of Outside Magazine in Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine. If you’re not familiar with Outside, this is a monthly magazine started in 1977 and published in the United States that focuses on, not surprisingly, the outdoors with articles on people, activities, sports, gear, and […]

Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives

February 27, 2018

Celebrate women! Just in time to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Britain’s suffragette movement and International Women’s Day on March 8th, comes the new book by Rachel Kolsky, titled Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives, This prize-winning London tour guide introduces you to historical and contemporary women excelling as leaders in the areas […]

100 Things to See in the Night Sky

January 11, 2018

Embrace the darkness! With the new book by Dean Regas, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, you will impress your Trailblazergirl-friends on your next camping trip with your stargazing knowledge! In an easy to follow format, this book focuses on the night sky in the mid-northern latitudes (e.g., between 25 and 55 degrees north […]

Lost and Stranded

January 10, 2018

If you’re headed out to the backcountry, take a look at Lost and Stranded by Timothy Sprinkle before you embark on your adventure. The purpose of this book is two-fold: 1. highlight potential dangers; and 2. provide practical advice for specific situations. Each chapter includes a story, sometimes tragic, followed by detailed facts and information […]

Top Hike of 2017

December 4, 2017

And the winner is… it’s the end of the year, and we’ve just finished counting all of your Facebook likes (and shares) for our 2017 reviews in the Hike category. And the item that came out on top was… drum role please…the Search and Rescue Survival Series, waterproof, pocket-sized cards loaded with essential information for your TrailblazerGirl outdoor […]

Birds of the Pacific Northwest

July 28, 2017

Know what an aerie is? No, not the clothing store, but in birding circles, it’s a cliffside nest, usually from a bird of prey. You can learn about this and much more with the Birds of the Pacific Northwest by renowned bird experts Tom Aversa, Richard Cannings, and Hal Opperman. This book is filled with beautiful photographs […]

Haida Gwaii: A Guide to BC’s Islands of the People

July 21, 2017

Discover the wildly rugged islands of Haida Gwaii with Dennis Horwood’s Haida Gwaii: A Guide to BC’s Islands of the People. Formerly known as Canada’s Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is an isolated collection of about 150 islands and is teeming with natural beauty from the broad sand beaches to the sandstone cliffs to the temperate rainforests. Horwood poetically describes […]

Hiking Washington’s History and Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities

July 14, 2017

Girl power: in 1876, Clara McCarty was the very first graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. Just one of the many nuggets of information packed in these two books by Judy Bentley: Hiking Washington’s History and Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities. Hiking Washington’s History weaves historical highlights and slices of what life was like for both […]

Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

July 7, 2017

Filled with fun facts and more about the Emerald City. Not the wizard’s Emerald City, but Seattle, home to the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. Yet this is not your typical tourist guide book as David B. Williams shares more in-depth knowledge of the city’s history, little known gems, geology and geography in his new […]

Bushcraft First Aid

May 30, 2017

Hopefully you will not have need of the information in this book…but it is valuable information that every TrailblazerGirl should know. Bushcraft First Aid by wilderness experts Dave Canterbury and Jason Hunt is aimed at preparing you for those times when you or someone you’re traveling with is injured and professional medical help is no where […]

Backpacking 101

May 11, 2017

Your resource guide to hitting the trails! Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort is a thorough handbook outlining everything you need to know to enjoy a backpacking adventure. Chapters include: Mental and Physical Preparation, Navigation, Setting Up Your Camp Kitchen, Backcountry Hygiene, and Emergency Situations. Rather than specific brand recommendations, Heather expertly provides you with questions or things […]

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

March 21, 2017

Whatever your style of hiking or level of experience, this is the book for you. The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, Second Edition by Andrew Skurka has a wealth of information from this accomplished, award-winning, adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. He provides you with practical advice on everything from clothing (e.g., the Core 13) to […]

Urban Trails: Kitsap

February 9, 2017

A pocket-sized resource filled with treasures! The Urban Trails: Kitsap is your guide to 36 trails in the Key Peninsula, Kitsap Peninsula, and Bainbridge Island areas of Washington State. This guide has two missions: (1) to promote fitness and get you outside and (2) to promote the local parks, preserves, and trails in urban areas. […]

Snowshoe Routes: Washington

February 2, 2017

Get out and explore! For those of us here in the Pacific Northwest or planning to visit, we have found an excellent resource to help you do this. The most current edition (3rd Edition) of Snowshoe Routes: Washington is loaded with invaluable information to assist you in making the most of the winter weather in the […]