I’ve published a book – “A View Junkie’s Guide to Dayhiking Colorado” by Anne Whiting! After so many years of friends and family members asking us to tell them about our favorite hikes, I’ve finally compiled about 30 hikes (with options for another 30 adventures) into a hiking book. I decided to begin with the state of Colorado, since we seem to keep ending up there…even accidentally! So I had a fair amount of hikes to choose from!
Why “view junkie”? Well, I’m rather a view junkie myself. I just can’t get tired of awe-inspiring vistas (mountain views, canyons, rock formations, you name it). My first stop when looking up trails to hike is pictures of what I’ll see along the way…then to see if it’s short enough for me to want to attempt 🙂
The book is set up pretty logically, with six main sections (Rocky Mountain National Park and vicinity; Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Maroon Bells and vicinity, Independence Pass area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and other trails in Colorado. Each trail description contains some quick facts about the trail (elevation, length, view rating, etc.), a description of the view, key GPS coordinates, directions to the trailhead, a detailed trail description, trail trivia, a topo map, several pictures of the views along the trail, and an “even more” section detailing other possible hiking opportunities in the area. The trails are technically for day hikers, although quite a few could be enjoyed as a backpacking trip.
Perhaps the most unique thing about the guide is that I haven’t attempted to cover geology, history, and so on that are often included in travel guides. That isn’t my point. (I usually skip those sections, anyway.) I wanted a bare-bones hiking guide, so that’s what I did, although there are sections in the back of the book about weather, fees, packing tips, and other information I found crucial (lightening danger, for example).
“A View Junkie’s Guide to Day Hiking Colorado” by Anne Whiting is currently available on Amazon.com as a paperback book (like a typical tour book) and as an e-book (Kindle).
And stay on the lookout for another book to be published soon…currently called, “A View Junkie’s Peak Identification Guide while Dayhiking Colorado!”