books

America’s Best Day Hikes

November 20, 2019

Though the weather right now isn’t ideal for hikers, you can still dream about where to go with the new book from Derek Dellinger, America’s Best Day Hikes. This is a collection of 50 hikes across the contiguous United States, chosen based on a year of extensive research and the determination to find hikes that were […]

Women Who Hike

October 10, 2019

Step into Fall with the new book by Heather Balogh Rochfort, Women Who Hike! Live vicariously through stories from 20 women who describe their favorite North American trail. These strong women are pioneers, mothers, athletes, writers, editors, guides, and business owners in the outdoor community. As varied are these women, so too are the treks […]

Comfortably Wild

September 30, 2019

Want to go camping but don’t want to rough it? Then you need to tap into Comfortably Wild, the new book from Mike and Anne Howard that explores over 70 of the top glamping locations in North America! Divided into “experience types”, such as wild west, living history, fantastical, and safari, each entry includes the […]

The Joy of Cycling

July 15, 2019

An ode to two wheeled joy! The Joy of Cycling, recently released by Hatherleigh Press, is a collection of quotes to celebrate the bicycle and the freedom and fun that it gives us. Find out what Susan B Anthony, Mark Twain, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, and more have to say about bikes, cycling, and this […]

Women Who Hike

June 10, 2019

Get inspired and go for a hike! Heather Balogh Rochfort’s latest book, Women Who Hike, is a collection of stories from 20 women with impressive credentials as modern, adventurous outdoorswomen. Each chapter highlights a different women and outlines their favorite trail with the essentials like location, elevation, length, difficulty level, and insider tips. Beautiful pictures […]

Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts

May 3, 2019

How about a hike to a fire lookout? In Amber Casali’s book titled, Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts, you’ll get the scoop on 44 of these buildings that were essential in the early detection of fires in forested areas, as well as a brief history of these structures in the Evergreen State. For each lookout, she […]

Swiss Army Knife Survival Guide: 101 Tips, Tricks and Uses

April 22, 2019

You probably have one in your camping kit…a Swiss Army Knife, of course. The soon-to-be-released book by Bryan Lynch titled, Swiss Army Knife Survival Guide: 101 Tips, Tricks and Uses, will provide you with a variety of ways to use this quintessential multitool in emergency and survival situations. He starts out by giving a brief history […]

Waddle: A Book of Fun for Penguin Lovers

April 8, 2019

It’ll make you smile! From the title to the amusing quotes, Waddle: A Book of Fun for Penguin Lovers is meant to bring about warm fuzzy feelings. Noted penguin expert and award-winning writer, photographer, filmmaker and university teacher, Lloyd Spencer Davis, aka Professor Penguin. is the editor of this entertaining book. You’ll find beautiful photos […]

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 […]