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Picturing America’s Great High Mountain Hikes

A forthcoming book from veteran environment writer and photographer Tim Palmer reveals 100 of the greatest mountain hikes in the United States through stunning photographs that put your average Instagram landscapes to shame. At a time when a lot of people seem to be hiking so they can get photos of themselves for the ‘Gram, and geotags can turn a quiet, remote hike into a crowded, littered scene, America’s Great Mountain Trails: 100 High Country Hikes of a Lifetime (Rizzoli), is a throwback of the best kind: A beautiful, printed (!) guide that encourages readers to explore with wonder and respect.

Organized by region, the book includes a description of each hike and photographs that show the vistas to be had from these trails. Palmer’s images occasionally show people hiking or backcountry skiing or admiring the view, but none of them are posing for the camera. The mountains, rivers and wildlife are the stars.

The book opens with a conservation-minded foreword from Wilderness Society executive director Jamie Williams. Short essays from Palmer touch on the skills necessary to travel safely on these remote trails, and into how mountain ranges effect our lives even if we don’t live near them.

Out next month, America’s Great Mountain Trails offers outdoor-minded photographers plenty to look at, just in time to hit the trails this fall and winter.

America’s Great Mountain Trails: 100 High Country Hikes of a Lifetime
By Tim Palmer
Foreword by Jamie Williams
320 pages, 220 color photographs


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