A short list of favorite Grand Canyon
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|Grand Canyon Trail Guides
the Grand Canyon (A Sierra Club Totebook) by John Annerino
This is the Grand Canyon trail guide I
turn to most often. Anyone someone asks me a Grand Canyon
question I can't answer off the top of my head, this is
the book I pull from the shelf. This squat paperback is
full of good info (e.g., mean temps by month, brief cultural,
geologic, and natural histories) . Trail descriptions leave
a lot to the imagination and are a bit dated, but useful
nonetheless. (To get a feel for where Annerino comes from
take a look at Annerino's book "Running
Foot in the Grand Canyon: Hiking the Trails of the South
Rim by Sharon Spangler
Spangler offers intimate accounts of her
experiences backpacking a number of the Grand Canyon's trails.
Her mix of personal reactions, history, and folklore makes
an enticing read. Lots of books detail the trails of the
Grand Canyon. This books provides a sense of what it feels
like to backpack the Grand Canyon's trails.
Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher
The Man Who Walked Through Time (TMWWTT)
is a chronicle of Fletcher's hike from the Western end of
Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) to the GCNP's Eastern
boundary. I first read this book many years ago, while in
high school. It is rare for me to read a title more than
once, yet. I've reread TMWWTT many times since. And I find
myself entranced each time. I also find myself longing to
load my pack and revisit my favorite National Park.
Canyon Treks : 12,000 Miles Through the Grand Canyon by
Harvey Butchart is the undisputed king
of Grand Canyon hikers/backpackers. Butchart's meticulous
trip notes make clear that he has covered more of the Grand
Canyon than any other living person. Grand
Canyon Treks is a compilation of three volumes, now
out of print, published originally by La Siesta Press. Those
original volumes became classics because of they provided
the only published documentation of many remote Grand Canyon
routes and because of Butchart's breezy writing style. Butchart,
who was for many years a professor of math at Northern Arizona
University, is a man of few words. He is also a man of refined
climbing and route finding skills. What Butchart describes
as a 'sporty climb,' many of us would look at and say, "You've
got to be kidding!"
Grand Canyon Treks
contains slightly edited versions of the original Grand
Canyon Treks route descriptions. One consequence
of the edits is that the book contains legal disclaimers
and advice for novice Grand Canyon hikers. Historically,
Butchart assumed competence among his readers. I suppose
this is a reflection of our late 90's risk-intolerant culture.
Bottom line: I consider Grand
Canyon Treks essential reading for experienced Grand
Canyon backcountry hikers.
Canyon Loop Hikes I by George Steck. A classic collection
of Grand Canyon hikes.
in the Grand Canyon Back Country
by John D. Green, Jim Olhman
Easy Day Hikes Grand Canyon (FalconGuide) by Ron Adkison.
Details 17 day hikes you can take during your visit to the
|Grand Canyon History
Brothers of Grand Canyon : Being a Collection of Tales of
High Adventure, Memorable Incidents and Humorous Anecdotes
by William C. Suran, P. Frazier (Editor), R. Houk (Editor).
Adventures of the Grand Canyon's most famous (and adventurous)
at the Edge : Explorers, Exploiters and Settlers of the Grand
Canyon Region by Michael F. Anderson, Pamela Frazier
the Edge of Splendor : Exploring Grand Canyon's Human Past
by Douglas W. Schwartz.
A nice concise overview of the Grand Canyon's human pre-history.
Chaco Meridian : Centers of Political Power in the Ancient
by Stephen H. Lekson
of the Southwest
by Linda Cordell
the House of Stone and Light by J. Donald Hughes
|Maps and Other Useful Stuff
Maps on CD-ROM: Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks
For planning Grand Canyon backpack trips,
I've come to rely on the TOPO! Grand Canyon maps on CD-ROM.
Featuring USGS topographic maps of GCNP in its entirety,
this handy program lets you plot a route, view it at any
of several scales, view an elevation profile that depicts
the ups and downs of your route, and many other tasks. Although
you can print out color topographic maps of your route,
I find it easier to purchase 7.5' topo maps from the USGS.
Map (Eastern Part of Grand Canyon National Park) by Breed,