All Decked Out. Now Where Do I Go..?
Kyla Merwin, Communications Manager, recommends The Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley & Ketchum by Scott Marchant.
Just another gorgeous day in the Wood River Valley…Yeah baby! Adventure is calling my name, so I’m gearing up:
- Boots = ✓
- Sunscreen = ✓
- Water = ✓
- Snacks (lots) = ✓
- New Camera = ✓
- Three-day Holiday = Check check check!
Now all I need is a place to go. Hmmm. . .I’m new to this area, having arrived last autumn from the sea-level metropolis of Portland, Oregon. Now that I’ve figured out how to breathe at this altitude, I’m ready to get a move on and do some exploring.
Enter the Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley & Ketchum by Scott Marchant.
Scott has taken the traditional guidebook to a whole new level, with stunning images, topo maps, directions, and massive detail, including his favorite picks, season and family-friendly trails, and local information on flora, fauna and recent wildfires.
You might think the subject of “etiquette” belongs in the Library’s catalog under Emily Post or Miss Manners, but Scott has included the important rules of wilderness etiquette, as well as advice on personal safety and wilderness conservation. Pinky-extended, elbows-off-the-table, and punctuality NOT included. But you may be interested in his section on – er – waste removal (as in “pack in in; pack it out”).
Scott’s brand new and updated edition of 50 Hikes within 30 Miles of Sun Valley – hot off the press in June – raises the bar even higher. Scott personally hikes each of these trails and delivers the most up-to-date trail information available.
“Go out, go out I beg of you, and taste the beauty of the wild.”Edna Jaques
Scott has also published Hiker’s Guides to Sawtooth Country, McCall & Cascade, Stanley, and Greater Boise (including an edition for Best Easy Hikes), all of which you can find at the Community Library or through our Interlibrary Loan system. Many of his titles are also available as e-books.
More than a guidebook, Scott’s Hiker’s Guides become your personal companion on outdoor adventures. The detail he provides not only informs. It inspires.
You’ll find this quote from poet Edna Jaques on Scott’s Hiking Idaho website: “Go out, go out I beg of you, and taste the beauty of the wild.”
Aaah! I’ve finally found the final element – and the hinge pin – to my checklist:
- Inspiration = ✓
See you on the trails!
Find The Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley & Ketchum here.