HIKING THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Mountaineers Books, November 2017
The 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 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.”
“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)
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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.
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Sat, Dec 1: Panel discussion at Switchback Showcase @ Harmony Gold, Los Angeles
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!