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Hiking Guidebook Author Guest Post Series

Hiking Guidebook Authors Guest Post Series
Hiking Guidebook Authors Guest Post Series

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be hosting a 3 week guest post series featuring thirteen of the best hiking guidebook authors in the business.

If you’re obsessed with hiking and backpacking (like me), I think you’ll agree that well written guidebooks are a unique form of nonfiction literature, on the one hand factual and practical, but also inspirational in nature. Combining history, geology, and natural history, great hiking guidebooks can transport you to a different world and ignite your desire to get on the trail and explore new places.

Favorite Hikes by Guidebook Authors

In this guest post series, I’ve asked the authors to write about one of their favorite hikes on a more personal level than you’d find in a guidebook. I think you’ll find their posts interesting and entertaining.

Meet the crew.

  1. Damian Hall, author of Walking the Cotswalds, The Pennine Way, and The Somerset Coast Path.
  2. Craig Romano, author of Backpacking Washington, Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, Day Hiking North Cascades, Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands, and many others.
  3. Karen Somers, author of The Lone Star Hiking Trail
  4. Craig Carey, author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura
  5. David Foster, author of Blisters and Bliss: A Trekker’s Guide to the West Coast Trail
  6. David Landis, co-author of Hiking the Jesus Trail and Other Biblical Walks in the Galilee and A Village to Village Guide to Hiking the Camino de Santiago, Camino Francés: St. Jean – Santiago – Finisterre
  7. Matt Heid, author of AMC’s Best Backpacking in New EnglandOne Night Wilderness: San Francisco Bay Area: Quick and Convenient Backpacking Trips within Two Hours of San Francisco, and 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valley, and Seashore.
  8. Paul Gerald, author of Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mount Hood, St. Helens, and the Santiam River, and The Best in Tent Camping: Oregon.
  9. Susan Charkes, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia: Four-season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia.
  10. Michael Martin, author of AMC’s Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic: A Guide to 30 of the Best Multiday Trips from New York to Virginia.
  11. Ryan Linn, creator of Guthooks Guides for the Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail the Continental Divide Trail, and many others. 
  12. Anna Dintaman, co-author of A Village to Village Guide to Hiking the Camino de Santiago, Camino Francés: St. Jean – Santiago – Finisterre and Re-Walk Heritage: Ramallah Highlands Trail.
  13. Lee Sheaffer, editor of the Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park with side trails and the Hiking Guide to the Pedlar District, George Washington National Forest.

So sit back, welcome our guest authors, and win!


  1. This sounds awesome. I meet an author and a publisher to some of the AMC books this winter. It’s a job you do for love as there aren’t the financial rewards there probably should be. But I guess we all do this for love.

    Good luck on the white mountain challenge. I’m really looking forward to reading about it.

    • Thanks Kevin. Just tying up the lose ends before I set out. Working with these authors to set up this series has been great. I’m sure you’ll enjoy their posts. We have some locals as well like Matt Heid who writes the AMC Equipped Blog and has an excellent Northeast Backpacking Guide and Ryan Linn (Guthook’s Guides) as well.

  2. My glory days of hiking are long over (health issues), but I still sure enjoy reading trail guides and hearing the stories of other hikers, and doing a few short, easy hikes a year.

  3. Good luck on the trip! I know you’ve been looking forward to it for a while, and I’m sure your preparation will pay off.

  4. Looking forward to it!

    • Make sure you ask the authors lots of questions about their favorite hikes. I know they’re really looking forward to interacting with SectionHiker readers. They’re all experts in their different regions, so this is a good opportunity to mine them for good intel if you’re considering a hike in their area.

  5. Have a great hike. If you print out the responses from “You might be a hiker if…”, you’ll have all the collective wisdom you’ll ever need for almost three weeks on the trail.

  6. I love hiking guide books. Both the ones I use frequently, and the ones I dream about using. A couple of years ago, we bought new bookshelves and now have our hiking books & maps organized by state (and country).

  7. Every time i read a hiking book I just want to go and pack my tent and backpack!

  8. Phillip – I was unclear. The link you supplied in #13 is to Edition #2 by Michael Shoemaker. In my comment, I have given you the link to Edition #3 by Lee Scheaffer.

  9. Amazing….. I love read hiking book. keep it up. thanks

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