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Books by Ron Strickland

Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America

“This book couldn’t come at a better time. As Ron Strickland shows, a life lived outdoors is an immensely rich experience - and an antidote to the travails of recession, politics, and the daily grind. Witty and evocative,Pathfinder is a conversation that our society desperately needs. Read it - and go hiking.”

        - Jonathan Dorn - Editor-in-Chief, Backpacker

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The North Country Trail: The Best Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips on America's Longest National Scenic Trail

The North Country Trail is the longest of America’s eleven congressionally designated National Scenic Trails. Winding through seven states—New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota—the NCT’s 4,600 miles attract more than one million visitors annually. This book is the definitive guide for NCT hikers—whether first-timers, seasoned backpackers, or any level in between—who wish to maximize their experience on this splendid trail. 

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The Pacific Northwest Trail Guide

Here is the official guide to the spectacular new 1,200-mile foot and horse path from Montana's Glacier National Park to Washington's Olympic National Park. This comprehensive guide features route descriptions, topographic maps, mileage charts, and information on planning, navigating, and re-supplying a trip.  Whether you are a dayhiker or a thru-hiker, this 2001 edition is still the best source for information about America's most alluring new trail.

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Vermonters: Oral Histories from Down Country to the Northeast Kingdom

"Strickland is a skillful writer whose introductory paragraphs lead the reader smoothly from one character to the next. Here are the logger and the auctioneer, the rural schoolteacher, the country doctor, the quilter, the beekeeper, the dairyman... and many others... These glimpses whet the appetite, tantalize the curiosity, for more." -Vermont Historical Society, Winter 1988.

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River Pigs and Cayuses: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest

"A superbly readable index of the human presence in the Northwest" - Western American Literature (Vol. XXI, No. 1.).

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Whistlepunks and Geoducks: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest

"Author Ron Strickland has done a remarkable job of gathering and editing these reminiscences, drawing forth the most telling information from each narrator... His quiet introductions weave the narratives together in a powerful harmony of memory, reflection, and wisdom" - The Seattle Times, November 18, 1990. 

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Texans: Oral Histories from the Lone Star State

"Strickland shows his strength through the diversity of the subjects he features...a colorful tapestry" -The Houston Post, October 27, 1991

"All of these folks, whether you like them or not, are a cut outside the ordinary. And when you listen to these people talk to Ron Strickland about their lives and you get to know them, you are reminded again of the vitality that is all around us all the time and sometimes even in the dullest of ourselves." Francis Edward Abernathy, Dallas Morning News, December 1, 1991.

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Alaskans: Oral Histories from the Last Frontier

"The main strength of Strickland's book is that after the author's introductions, the portraits come from the individuals themselves. Strickland's lead-ins give readers, especially non-Alaskans, a context for understanding the speaker." - Diane Raab, Juneau Empire, November 12, 1992.

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Shanks Mare: A Compendium of Remarkable Walks

A literary anthology of twentieth century walking including everyone from Winston Churchill to the lunar astronauts. "A fine collection of modern walking adventures." - Conde Nast Traveler, August 1992.

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