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Serendipity placed David Johnston on Mount St. Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in March 1980. Throughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain. Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating eruption in U.S. history blew apart Mount St. Helens, but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his name. Melanie Holmes tells the story of Johnston's journey from a nature-loving Boy Scout to a committed geologist. Blending science with personal detail, Holmes follows Johnston through encounters with Aleutian volcanoes, his work helping the Portuguese government assess the geothermal power of the Azores, and his dream job as a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Interviews and personal writings reveal what a friend called "the most unjaded person I ever met," an imperfect but kind, intelligent young scientist passionately in love with his life and work and determined to make a difference.
Running 93 miles from the heathland and forest on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, via stunning sandy beaches, picturesque villages and wild, empty salt marsh to the traditional seaside resort of Cromer on the north Norfolk coast, the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is a wonderfully varied and interesting National Trail. There is the archaeological interest of the Roman road whose route the trail first follows to the coast, the magnificent architecture of Norfolk' s characteristic flint churches, and for birdwatchers an embarrassment of riches, from the rare stone curlews of Breckland to the marsh harriers sailing above the reedbeds at the spectacular nature reserves of Titchwell and Cley. This official guide, published in conjunction with Natural England, is the only companion you need.
The South West Coast Path is the spectacular 630-mile (1008-km) National Trail around the tip of Britain. This volume features the section of the Path from Exmouth to Poole, a distance of 116 miles (186 km) along the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site. Following Natural England's acorn waymarks, the route wends its way along the cliffs, past The Cobb at Lyme Regis and the impressive sweep of the Chesil Beach to Lulworth Cove and Studland Bay. This complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller has been fully revised and updated for 2013. It has also been completely re-designed, and features many more colour photographs and much more backgrpound information on local history and wildlife. It is less a guidebook than a complete companion for anyone visiting this part of the landscape. National Trail Guides are the official guidebooks to the fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and are published in association with Natural England, the official body charged with developing and maintaining the Trails.
`After I finished this book I alarmed my family by going into the garden and climbing the apple tree.' - Damian Whitworth, The Times `One of the publishing sensations of the year ... For anyone who has ever felt a little overwhelmed in a big city, or wanted to step out of the rat race for an hour or two, Jack Cooke will be something of an inspiration.' - Robert Hardman, Daily Mail A wonderful cocktail of engaging writing, beautiful illustration and heartfelt appreciation for the natural world. An essential oddity for any book collection. In this charming, witty and exquisitely illustrated companion, Jack Cooke explores the city through its canopy; teetering on the edge of an oak's branches, scurrying up a Scots pine, spying views from the treetops that few have ever had the chance to see. He takes us through the parks, over the canals and rivers and into secret gardens on his journey sometimes only ten foot above the street. Part guidebook, part meditation on the consolations of nature, The Tree Climber's Guide is as uniquely odd, alluring and motley as the trees themselves. It is a journey into the tangle of bark and branches that surround us all and a welcome reminder that the best things in life are free - they just sometimes require a step in the right direction.
This guide brings together a selection of the best walks in the area surrounding Fort William. The walks include hill passes, long moorland tracks, forest walks and coastal footpaths.
Guidebook to the Camino Ingles and Ruta do Mar camino routes through north-west Spain to Santiago de Compostela. The 116km Camino Ingles begins in Ferrol in Galicia and takes around a week to complete. It offers reliable waymarking, pilgrim facilities, and the opportunity to earn the Compostela certificate on completion. An alternative start in A Coruna gives a walk of 73km. The Ruta do Mar from Ribadeo provides a 190km coastal link between the Camino del Norte and the Camino Ingles. A newly recovered camino, its pilgrim infrastructure and waymarking is less well developed, but for those seeking solitude it offers striking scenery along a wild coastline. The book also includes an overview of a continuation route from Santiago to 'the end of the world' at Finisterre on the Atlantic coast. The guidebook presents the route in stages of a day's walking. In addition to the route description, there is full information on facilities, food and lodging, 1:1000 scale maps of the route and town maps for key locations. With notes on preparation and planning, travel and equipment, a list of useful sources of information, and a glossary, the book is an indispensable companion for any one walking these caminos. Santiago de Compostela, whose cathedral houses the relics of St James, was one of three major centres of Catholic pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. In modern times the Caminos de Santiago have seen a resurgence in popularity, drawing large numbers of walkers, some for religious pilgrimage, others for the challenge and opportunity for self-reflection, and the unique experience of walking a camino.
Originally, South-West Climbs, published in 1979 by Diadem, was a single-volume publication and was a collaboration between one of the South West's most prolific and important activists, Pat Littlejohn, and one of the most influential of British Publishers, Ken Wilson.This rapidly became very popular and introduced many climbers to the joys and pleasures of the sometimes mysterious and occasionally remote south-west peninsula of England.For this edition, the climbs of the South West have been split into two volumes; this, the first, covering areas close to centres of population such as the Avon Gorge, Wye Valley. and Dorset. has been written by a talented team of local activists. Volume 2 has been written by Pat Littlejohn and covers Devon, Cornwall, and Jersey and will be available later in 2012/2013.
**From the bestselling author of THE NATURAL EXPLORER and HOW TO READ WATER, the Sunday Times Book Of The Year** 2015 BBC Countryfile Magazine Country Book of the Year and winner of the Outdoor Book of the Year at The Great Outdoors Awards 2015 'Even the intrepid Bear Grylls could learn a trick or two from this book' The Times The ultimate guide to what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky and clouds can reveal - when you know what to look for. Includes over 850 outdoor clues and signs. This top ten bestseller is the result of Tristan Gooley's two decades of pioneering outdoors experience and six years of instructing, researching and writing. It includes lots of outdoor clues and signs that will not be found in any other book in the world. As well as the most comprehensive guide to natural navigation for walkers ever compiled, it also contains clues for weather forecasting, tracking, city walks, coast walks, night walks and dozens of other areas.
This guide covers walks in the dramatic landscape of Wester Ross from the Coigach peninsula in the north to the northern end of Loch Maree in the south. The 30 walks featured range from 1 mile to 11 miles (1.6-17.5km).
OS Explorer is the Ordnance Survey's most detailed map and is recommended for anyone enjoying outdoor activities like walking, horse riding and off-road cycling. The OS Explorer range now includes a digital version of the paper map, accessed through the OS smartphone app, OS Maps. Providing complete GB coverage the series details essential information such as youth hostels, pubs and visitor information as well as rights of way, permissive paths and bridleways.
200 Challenging Walks in Britain and Ireland is a collection of the finest wild walks in the British Isles. The routes are selected from the classic and definitive Walks series of guidebooks: Classic Walks, Wild Walks and Big Walks. Whether you are an accomplished mountaineer or first-time hiker, the walks featured will allow you to discover remote isolation, negotiate technical scrambles and enjoy quintessential hill expeditions. They range from the hills and clifftops of southern England to the river valleys of Wales. There are island excursions in the Hebrides and trips to the clifftops of Ireland's wild Atlantic coastline. The book concludes with the ultimate British mountain expedition - the infamous Cuillin Ridge on Skye. The only true 'alpine' route in the UK, this is the dream target for many mountain walkers, climbers and fell-runners. Each walk is clearly described and plotted on a bespoke map, with notes on difficulty, escape routes, transport and accommodation. There are also 32 character-filled colour photos. Whether you choose 'an exceptionally long and tough walk over high and remote mountains' or 'a fine day's walk along rock escarpments, moorland edges and a beautiful river valley', Richard Gilbert's succinct but passionate prose will encourage a true spirit of adventure.
This guide brings together a selection of the best walks in Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere. The walks include town trails, coastal walks and routes through woodland and farmland and on the high moors.
National 3 Peaks Challenge Maps. Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon at 20k scale. Waterproof, tearproof and 100% recyclable 820mm by 420mm double sided map sheet. Taking OS mapping at 50k scale we expand the mapping to produce 20k scale maps of the three challenge peaks, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. By expanding the OS mapping the features of names, roads, tracks and trails are more than doubled in size making them easier to read under Challenge conditions. We then add the Challenge Routes, specially highlighted to make them stand out against the OS map background information and add in additional information that will help your challenge. Each map covers the region to show the access roads as well as the walking routes. Ben Nevis includes the Glen Nevis Information Centre starting point and Glen Nevis Youth Hostel starting point. Scafell Pike includes the Wasdale and Seathwaite Challenge Routes. Snowdon includes the Pyg Track, Miners Track and Llamberis Challenge Routes. Each peak is a 420mm by 420mm OSlike map mounted on a double sided map sheet of 840mm by 420mm. The map designs are then printed on a 100 micron plastic substrate using UV cured inks on the UK's only press capable of using this latest technology. The result is a lightweight map that is both waterproof and tearproof, and fully recyclable, that will survive anything your 3 Peaks Challenge can throw at it and afterwards will fold up like new.
Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and AA 50 Walks in Hampshire & Isle of Wight features a variety of mapped walks of two to ten miles, to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, and clear full colour mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc by Peter Foster is the biography of scientist and mountaineer Thomas Graham Brown, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the mountain earned him the soubriquet, and whose achievements in the Alps and Greater Ranges place him at the forefront of British mountaineering between the two world wars. Born in Edinburgh in 1882, Graham Brown first pursued a career in the sciences as a physiologist - his exacting father demanding the highest standards - and the results of his research, largely unrecognised at the time, now underpin current understanding of the nervous control of movement in animals and man. His mountaineering career began in earnest after the First World War. From rock climbing in the Lake District he progressed to guided climbs in the Alps, where in 1927 he was fatefully introduced to Frank Smythe with whom he made the groundbreaking first ascents of the Sentinelle Rouge and the Route Major on the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc. This resulted in an obsession with the mountain and a feud between the pair that smouldered and flared for twenty years. Ambitious, determined and uncompromising in his views, he never left others feeling neutral: Geoffrey Winthrop Young thought him `a vicious lunatic', yet Charles Houston felt closer to Graham Brown `than almost anyone else I know'. Graham Brown's life was one of turbulence in his career, relationships and in the mountains, whether on expeditions to Mount Foraker, Nanda Devi and Masherbrum, or most frequently, the Alps. Peter Foster has drawn upon diaries, letters and extensive archival research that illuminate the highs and lows of Graham Brown's scientific and climbing careers, and explores the imbalance between the significance of his achievements and the lack of recognition he received. But, above all, The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc allows one to hear Graham Brown's voice: querulous, opinionated and, to the discomfort of his many adversaries, almost always right.
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