55 Ways To The Wilderness In Southcentral Alaska

Author: Helen Nienhueser
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 0898867916
Size: 12.35 MB
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An indispensable resource for hiking, skiing, paddling, and climbing the backcountry of Southcentral AlaskaAll trips completely updated with seven new, comprehensive trips, and 18 new side trips70,000 copies of previous editions sold! The most current information on newly available maps and new trip summary tables for easy trip planningFrom woodland and tundra hikes to float trips and winter excursions, there are actually over 135 ways to discover the Southcentral Alaska in this book. Completely revised, it includes seven new trips, such as the Kesugi Ridge, a four-day high country trek in Denali State Park. Also included is information on the recently refurbished Valdez Historic Trail, and on Shoup Bay, a new trail in Prince William Sound that combines an easy beach walk with a glacier and iceberg studded final destination.Two convenient trip summary tables provide easy trip comparisons by location, length, level of difficulty, season to go, and suitability for children. The book also provides maps and helpful information on such things as finding public transportation to some of these amazing destinations.

Backpacking With The Saints

Author: Belden C. Lane
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199927814
Size: 14.85 MB
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Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world's great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions, he has only such teachers as Rumi, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjöld, and Thomas Merton, and as he walks, he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters--Bell Mountain Wilderness with Søren Kierkegaard, Moonshine Hollow with Thich Nhat Hanh--demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto one's interior landscape, and how the saints' writings reveal the divine in nature. The discipline of backpacking, Lane shows, is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as the wilderness offered revelations to the early Desert Christians, backpacking hones crucial spiritual skills: paying attention, traveling light, practicing silence, and exercising wonder. Lane engages the practice not only with a wide range of spiritual writings--Celtic, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi Muslim--but with the fascination of other lovers of the backcountry, from John Muir and Ed Abbey to Bill Plotkin and Cheryl Strayed. In this intimate and down-to-earth narrative, backpacking is shown to be a spiritual practice that allows the discovery of God amidst the beauty and unexpected terrors of nature. Adoration, Lane suggests, is the most appropriate human response to what we cannot explain, but have nonetheless learned to love. An enchanting narrative for Christians of all denominations, Backpacking with the Saints is an inspiring exploration of how solitude, simplicity, and mindfulness are illuminated and encouraged by the discipline of backcountry wandering, and of how the wilderness itself becomes a way of knowing-an ecology of the soul.

God In The Wilderness

Author: Jamie S. Korngold
Publisher: Three Leaves
ISBN: 9780385520492
Size: 18.35 MB
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A reform rabbi integrates the wisdom of the Bible with with spiritual insights and inspiration of the wilderness in an inspirational handbook that reveals how to find meaning, tranquility, and purpose in one's life and how to reconnect with one's Jewish faith. Original. 15,000 first printing.

City Creatures

Author: Gavin Van Horn
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226289298
Size: 16.23 MB
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We usually think of cities as the domain of humans—but we are just one of thousands of species that call the urban landscape home. Chicago residents knowingly move among familiar creatures like squirrels, pigeons, and dogs, but might be surprised to learn about all the leafhoppers and water bears, black-crowned night herons and bison, beavers and massasauga rattlesnakes that are living alongside them. City Creatures introduces readers to an astonishing diversity of urban wildlife with a unique and accessible mix of essays, poetry, paintings, and photographs. The contributors bring a story-based approach to this urban safari, taking readers on birding expeditions to the Magic Hedge at Montrose Harbor on the North Side, canoe trips down the South Fork of the Chicago River (better known as Bubbly Creek), and insect-collecting forays or restoration work days in the suburban forest preserves. The book is organized into six sections, each highlighting one type of place in which people might encounter animals in the city and suburbs. For example, schoolyard chickens and warrior wasps populate “Backyard Diversity,” live giraffes loom at the zoo and taxidermy-in-progress pheasants fascinate museum-goers in “Animals on Display,” and a chorus of deep-freeze frogs awaits in “Water Worlds.” Although the book is rooted in Chicago’s landscape, nature lovers from cities around the globe will find a wealth of urban animal encounters that will open their senses to a new world that has been there all along. Its powerful combination of insightful narratives, numinous poetry, and full-color art throughout will help readers see the city—and the creatures who share it with us—in an entirely new light.

The Wolf Wilder

Author: Katherine Rundell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781481419420
Size: 18.97 MB
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In the days before the Russian Revolution, twelve-year-old Feodora sets out to rescue her mother when the Tsar's Imperial Army imprisons her for teaching tamed wolves to fend for themselves.

America S Public Lands

Author: Randall K. Wilson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 1442207973
Size: 15.65 MB
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How is it that the United States the country that cherishes the ideal of private property more than any other in the world has chosen to set aside nearly one-third of its territory as public lands? Considering this intriguing question, Randall K. Wilson traces the often-forgotten ideas of nature that have shaped the evolution of America s public land system. The result is a fresh and probing account of the most pressing policy and management challenges facing national parks, forests, rangelands, and wildlife refuges today. The author explores the dramatic story of the origins of the public domain, including the century-long push toward privatization and the subsequent emergence of a national conservation ideal. Arguing that we cannot fully understand one type of public land without understanding its relation to the rest of the system, he provides in-depth accounts of the different types of public lands. Including chapters on national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management lands, and wilderness areas, Wilson examines key turning points and major policy debates for each land type. He considers questions of bison and elk management and recent disputes over fire policy, roadless areas, mining claims, and grazing fees. This comprehensive overview offers a chance to rethink our relationship with America s public lands, including what it says about the way we relate to, and value, nature in the United States."