DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME
IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Don't Waste Your Time in the® Canadian Rockies
The Opinionated Hiking Guide
All-new ULTRALIGHT GEAR 7th Edition
Average trail-weight per hike: 2.3 oz (67g)
The Rockies are so vast, with so many trails, you need a guidebook that truly guides. Counsels you about each trail. Advises you where to hike, where not to hike, and explains why. Ensures you invest your precious hiking days wisely, for maximum reward. Don’t Waste Your Time does this and more. A lively, stimulating departure from the dull-guidebook tradition, it dazzles with 560 colour photos, and a graphic, easy-to-read map for each hike. And this meticulous, 677-page opus is now ultralight gear. Take only the trail directions with you, leave the rest behind. Average trail weight: 2.3 oz (67g) per hike. Finally, a hiking guidebook fit for adventure, not just the armchair. Each of the 145 trips in Don’t Waste Your Time is rated Premier, Outstanding, Worthwhile, or Don’t Do. The book covers Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton Lakes national parks, plus Mt. Robson and Mt. Assiniboine provincial parks. It includes 84 dayhikes, 41 backpack trips, and 20 shoulder-season trips.
Designed for adventure,
not just the armchair.
• A zip-open, hardshell case (24 x 16.5 x 6.4 cm) holds the Opinion book and the nine Fact booklets.
• The Opinion book contains all the trip descriptions, and most of the photos. Use it at home, in the car, at the trailhead. It provides everything you need to know to choose your next hike. But leave it behind when you go hiking.
• The nine Fact booklets contain the trail directions, including the maps. Pack the one booklet you need, so you can refer to it while hiking. The booklets’ average trail weight is just 67g per hike, so you can always have this essential piece of gear with you in the backcountry.
• Each Fact booklet is much lighter than any smartphone, tablet or eReader. Not restricted by battery life, the booklets never need recharging, and never die. They won’t break if dropped. Flipping back-and-forth to compare hikes is easy. Photos are impressively big. Text is easy on the eyes.
• Trip descriptions in the Opinion book are insightful, engaging, inspiring. They illuminate each trail, empowering you to choose the optimal one for your interests, ability and mood. The authors’ discerning advice can boost a day on the trail from “hmm” to “Wow!”
• Trail directions in the Fact booklets are divided into By Vehicle and On Foot sections. The instructions are carefully crafted—precise, clear, complete—ensuring you spend your weekend or vacation striding instead of searching.
Though less known than Banff and Jasper parks, the wilderness here feels just as immense, and the peaks, ridges, meadows and lakes are equally dazzling. The only obvious difference is that K-Country doesn’t attract national-park crowds. Where Locals Hike focuses your attention on the area’s 58 most rewarding dayhikes and backpack trips. All lead to wondrous scenery via compelling routes. 150 colour photos help you choose your adventure. An orientation map for each trail enables you to visualize your journey.
The authors begin each trip with an Opinion section telling you what to expect on that trail and explaining how to enjoy the optimal experience. Each trip also has a Fact section, divided into By Vehicle and On Foot. Here the authors tell you precisely how to drive to the trailhead, then describe in clear, concise detail how to stay on the path to your destination.
This is the 5th edition of Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies, published in 2017, so it’s been completely revised since the 2013 floods. The authors re-hiked much of K-Country, added five new trails, updated their descriptions of a dozen others, and refined their commentary throughout the book.
Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies
The Premier Trails in Kananaskis Country, near Canmore & Calgary
5th edition ISBN 978-19274620-4-1
WherE LOCALS HIKE
IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Here’s another guidebook for hikers who don’t have forever. Subtitled The Premier Trails in Kananaskis Country, near Canmore and Calgary, it doesn’t waste your time on any of the inferior options. No wonder: The authors are Kathy and Craig Copeland, who wrote Don’t Waste Your Time in the® Canadian Rockies, the Opinionated Hiking Guide. That book covers the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks. This one covers an expanse of the Rockies outside the famous parks, including Peter Lougheed and Spray Valley provincial parks. Locals call the region “K-Country.”
WHERE LOCALS HIKE
IN THE WEST KOOTENAY
Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay
The Premier Trails in Southeast B.C., near Kaslo & Nelson
3rd edition ISBN 978-1-927462003
Unable to hike as often as you want? This is the hiking guidebook for you. Subtitled The Premier Trails in Southeast B.C., near Kaslo and Nelson, it's another all-wheat, no-chaff volume from Kathy and Craig Copeland, authors of the game-changing Don’t Waste Your Time in the® Canadian Rockies, the Opinionated Hiking Guide. Their West Kootenay book covers a less known, little-visited mountain wilderness. Located in southeast British Columbia, the area comprises the West Purcell, Selkirk, and Monashee ranges, and includes Valhalla, Kokanee Glacier, and Goat Range provincial parks. It’s an immense region, but the authors guide you through the 55 most rewarding dayhikes and backpack trips. Following their advice, you’ll hike enthralling trails and witness the region’s signature scenery: lakes, meadows, ridges, glaciers, and peaks.
140 colour photos help you choose your adventure. An orientation map for each trail enables you to visualize your journey. The authors begin each trip with an Opinion section telling you what to expect on that trail and explaining how to enjoy the optimal experience. Each trip also has a Fact section, divided into By Vehicle and On Foot. Here the authors tell you precisely how to drive to the trailhead, then describe in clear, concise detail how to stay on the path to your destination.
HEADING OUTDOORS EVENTUALLY LEADS WITHIN
Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within
Thoughts Inspired by 30,000 Miles on the Trail
1st edition ISBN 978-09783427-6-0
Everyone walks. What distinguishes hikers is that walking does more than transport us, it transforms us. But nowhere is the thoughtful undercurrent of hiking celebrated. The wisdom we glean from the wilds is a match lit in the rain. That’s why we created this book: to cup our hands around the flame. These journal entries are the mental waypoints we recorded while
hiking 30,000 miles / 48,280 km (more than the circumference of the Earth) through wildlands worldwide. Accompanying them are photos of the places (primarily the Canadian Rockies, Utah canyon country, and New Zealand) where we conceived and noted the initial ideas. We hope our words and images compel you to recognize, voice, own and honour the thoughts arising from within while heading outdoors. Doing so will deepen your fulfillment. A truly adventurous life is contemplative as well as vigourous. So consider this a guidebook to the interior dimension of hiking.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME
IN THE SONORAN DESERT
Don't Waste Your Time in the® Sonoran Desert
The Winter-Vacation Guide to Hiking Arizona
1st edition ISBN 978-1-927462-05-8
15 premier dayhikes provide ample choice yet streamline decision-making for discerning hikers with limited time. Insightful descriptions illuminate each trail, empowering you to choose the optimal one for your interests, ability and mood. Precise directions help you visualize the route and keep you on the path: striding, not searching. Trustworthy advice from lifelong Arizona hikers (Kathy is a native Arizonan), and career guidebook authors whose bestsellers include Hiking from Here to WOW: Utah Canyon Country, as well as Don’t Waste Your Time in the® Canadian Rockies—The Opinionated Hiking Guide.
HIKING FROM HERE TO WOW UTAH CANYON COUNTRY
Hiking from Here to WOW: Utah Canyon Country
90 Trails to the Wonder Of Wilderness
2nd edition ISBN-10: 0899978509 ISBN-13: 978-0899978505
Utah canyon country is among our planet's most bizarrely beautiful regions. And the 90 trails described in this WOW— Wonder Of Wilderness—guidebook are among the region's most compelling. Kathy and Craig Copeland have hiked thousands of miles through Zion, Bryce, Escalante-Grand Staircase, Glen Canyon, Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa, Canyonlands, Moab, Arches, Capitol Reef, and the San Rafael Swell. To create this book, they winnowed their exhaustive exploration down to their favorite hikes: each selected for its power to incite awe. Their 480-page book describes precisely where to find the red rock cliffs, slickrock domes, soaring arches, and ancient ruins that make southern Utah unique. It offers the boot-tested advice you need to create rewarding adventures. And it does so in refreshing style: unstintingly honest, entertainingly written, lavished with gorgeous photography, and elegantly designed.
WOW Utah is, of course, full-color throughout. It includes an easy-to-grok trail map for each day hike and backpack trip, and liberally dispenses the Copelands' discerning counsel on how to make the most of your precious hiking time. Their approach—separately presenting Opinion and Fact for each hike—is unconventional and extremely helpful. Their distinctive descriptions interpret Utah canyon country in ways that are clever, poetic, penetrating, spiritual, startling, and sometimes just plain funny. So Hiking from Here to WOW: Utah Canyon Country provides hours of rapt reading even when you’re not choosing a hike.
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