McKinney has hiked trails from coast to coast. He's hiked alone; he's hiked with dates; he even proposed marriage at the top of a mountain, and now he and his wife hike with their kids. McKinney wrote the Los Angeles Times Trailmaster column for almost two decades, and here he answers many of the questions people have asked him over the years about his favorite activity, which dwells somewhere short of backpacking but on the far side of mere walking. Topics include what to take, who to take (if anyone), trails and terrain, staying safe, great long and short hikes in the US and Europe, and hiking vacations. Illustrated with b&w images of whimsical informational signs spotted out on the trail. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A comprehensive guide to hiking and the “hiking lifestyle,” chock-full of advice for both novice and experienced hikers. It’s a compendium of wise words and inspirational advice from the Trailmaster himself, the hiking columnist for the Los Angeles Times for 18 years. McKinney’s engaging, supportive tone will convince you that America’s most popular form of outdoor recreation is ideal for fun, fitness, spiritual renewal, and reconnecting with friends and family. Learn everything from safely removing a tick to hiking mindfully, from hiking for weight loss to hiking for mental health, from selecting a local hiking spot to planning a nature adventure in Europe. It also features fun facts (did you know there are six different kinds of rainbows?), kid-friendly trip ideas, and plenty of anecdotes, quotes, and trail humor to inspire hikers and would-be hikers to lace up their boots and hit the trail.