Mountaineers Books, November 2017

PCT_SCAL COVER v3b.inddThe Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) traces a 2,650-mile route from the California-Mexico border north to the border of Washington and Canada. While many hikers attempt a “thru-hike” every year, beginning in Campo, California and connecting their footsteps all the way to Manning Park, B.C., even more people enjoy “section hiking” – tackling the trail in bits and pieces.

My brand new guidebook, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, serves as a full-color road map to section hiking the Southern and Central California portions of the PCT, beginning at its southern terminus in Campo and ending 942.5 miles north at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. From the magical cactus gardens of the Mojave Desert to the snowy peaks of the High Sierra, this book covers one of the most biologically and geologically diverse portions of the PCT. I serve as your personal trail guide along the way, offering informative route descriptions, interesting sidebars, and colorful stories that will deepen your experience on this iconic trail, whether you’re headed out for a weekend, a week, or a month.

“I’m impressed…she’s done a great job of describing the trail with enough detail to give you a really good sense of what to expect…If your adventure plans include backpacking in Southern California or up into the Sierra Nevada range on this magnificent trail, get a copy of this book.”

- Jeff Hester, SoCal Hiker (full review and interview)

“If you’re aiming of one day thru-hiking the entire route, you couldn’t find a more comprehensive or inspirational book for it — but even better for those of us who can’t always take several months off of earning paychecks and paying bills, the series also breaks the PCT down into digestible section-hiking routes.”

- Casey Schreiner, Modern Hiker (interview)


>>>>>> MORE <<<<<<

The book appears in holiday gift guides from Misadventures (winter issue), Modern Hiker, The LA Girl, The Morning Fresh, and Whoa Mag.

I chatted with Gale Straub of She Explores about the book and my battle toward overcoming self-doubt in order to pursue my dreams.

I spoke with Malakye about the book and my unconventional path toward becoming an outdoor writer.

Fellow guidebook author Eli Boschetto grilled me about the book and trail on his site PCT Oregon.


>>>>>> BUY THE BOOK <<<<<<

Mountaineers Books // Amazon // Skylight Books // IndieBound // Powell’s


>>>>>> EVENTS / SPEAKING <<<<<<

Tues, Jan 16: Santa Barbara – TBD – Presentation at Telegraph Brewing Co. - cancelled due to highway closure

Wed, Jan 17: Oxnard – 6:30p – Presentation at REI Oxnard Store

Tues, Jan 23: Tustin – 7:00p – Presentation at REI Tustin Store

Fri, Jan 26: Denver – 1:00p – Book signing at Outdoor Retailer (Mountaineers Books booth #44104-UL)

Tues, Feb 6: Los Angeles – 7:00p – Presentation to Central Group of Sierra Club (location TBD)

Mon, Feb 19: Arcadia – 7:00p – Presentation at Mt. Lowe Brewing Company

Sat, Feb 24: West LA – Special Event TBA

Sat, Mar 17: Los Angeles – L.A. Nature Fest

Sun, Mar 18: Los Angeles – L.A. Nature Fest

Tues, May 22: Seattle – BeWild Speaker Series

Check back soon for more events!


Drop me a line at shawntesalabert [at] gmail [dot] com if you’d like to host a talk, presentation, slideshow, dance party (okay, maybe not that) for your organization, business, school, youth group, hiking group, Scout troop, conference, etc. Potential topics include solo hiking, risk-taking, overcoming fears, enjoying the PCT in all four seasons, a virtual tour of the Southern & Central California PCT sections, the importance of giving back to the places we love, writing about the outdoors, and more. I’m also open to crafting a presentation within my scope of experience that fits your needs!