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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 […]

No End in Sight: My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer

January 7, 2013

It’s hard not to route for a young girl leading an Iditarod sled dog team, but when you realize that she’s also blind, this transforms into a truly inspirational story. No End In Sight is the first-person story of a young sled dog racer who had to overcome an incredible obstacle to compete–born legally blind, […]