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 Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2015)

Saul Weisberg

Over 25 years in the making, Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes, published by Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, features more than 200 poems written from a seasoned naturalist’s perspective on wilderness and imagination. Weisberg’s poetry grows out of specific images and distinct moments gathered from the natural world. It celebrates green and misty landscapes and the wilderness they hold. In the tradition of poets like Basho, Buson, Robert Sund, Gary Snyder, Tim McNulty and Sam Greene, the poems are an invitation to walk alongside a perceptive observer on rambles in the mountains, runs down the river and ruminations in desert canyons, investigating the ties that bind people and place.

$17 + tax and shipping ~ signed by the author!


 The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby (Braided River/The Mountaineers Books, 2014)

William Dietrich, Christian Martin and Craig Romano

In its colorful pages, Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich takes an imaginary hike through the region, explaining the rich natural and cultural history of the region while also examining future challenges facing this remote yet accessible ecosystem; Christian Martin profiles local folks who live, paint, write, study, recreate and educate in the North Cascades, including Fred Beckey, Saul Weisberg, Libby Mills, Bill Gaines, Molly Hashimoto and Ana Maria Spagna; prolific guidebook author Craig Romano offers routes to getting out and exploring the region, detailing day hikes, bicycle rides, paddling expeditions, ski outings, and car-camping options on both sides of the border.

Other elements of this one-of-a-kind book include excerpts from Gary Snyder's 1957 fire lookout journal, an inspirational foreword by Richard Louv, essays on native peoples, early explorers and pioneers of the North Cascades, a detailed conservation timeline and bibliography, lots of maps and — last but certainly not least — inspiring color photographs by the likes of Steph Abegg, Paul Bannick, Benj Drummond, John Scurlock, Andy Porter, John D'Onofrio, Brett Baunton, Paul Bannick, Ethan Welty, Art Wolfe and many other leading nature photographers.

$29.95 + tax and shipping

Scurlock Snow Spire

Snow and Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range (Wolverine Publishing, 2011)

John Scurlock

This hard-cover coffee-table book showcases photographs taken from the cockpit of John Scurlock’s home-built airplane, a Van’s Aircraft RV-6. In 2002, John embarked on a nine-year quest to fly to and photograph every corner of the North Cascade Range in winter. The images he captured provide a breathtaking vision of one of America’s most magnificent mountain ranges in its most beautiful, dramatic, and savage season.

The North Cascades are 11,000 square miles of nearly-impenetrable mountains. They are America's last redoubt of true adventure. Cut with few roads and even fewer towns, and guarded by 700 glaciers and horrendous weather, the rugged North Cascades remain relatively unknown to most climbers. In winter, when the range is buried beneath up to 50 feet of snow, it is seen by even fewer still. Here, in this remarkable book of aerial photographs, John Scurlock conveys the majesty and mystery of this incredible range that for the rest of us would otherwise go as unseen as the dark side of the moon. — Duane Raleigh, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Rock and Ice Magazine

John Scurlock s photography celebrates the primal essence of the North Cascades, softened through his lens into an elegant and whimsical landscape of rock spire and glacier, snowfield and serac, cloud and cornice, and invites one to explore the hidden reaches of these well-known yet still mysterious mountains. — Michael Kennedy. Editor in Chief of Alpinist Magazine

"John Scurlock's amazing aerial photography uniquely captures the dazzling wintry whiteness of the North Cascade Range. This brilliant perspective from the skies provides an entirely new perception of the range. Scurlock's light and flexible aircraft provided an ideal means to photograph glittering alpine savagery in winter, which is barely believable from ground level." — Fred Beckey, Renowned Climber, Author and North Cascades Mountaineering Pioneer

$59.95 + tax and shipping

Jack McLeod NCH

The North Cascades Highway: A Roadside Guide (University of Washington Press, 2013)

Jack McLeod

Each year thousands of drivers travel Washington State's breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), observing the region's alpine flora and fauna and its dramatic geologic features. The North Cascades Highway, an illustrated natural history guide, helps travelers and readers to appreciate the deeper beauty behind the landscape.

Organized as a series of stops at eye-catching sites along eighty miles of the highway, The North Cascades Highway reveals the geological story of each location. Plate tectonics, rock formation, erosion, and glaciation are explored to show how the features of the North Cascades landscape came into being as they exist today. Human history is also included, as the book describes how miners, climbers, and poets have been inspired by the geology and terrain of the North Cascades.

For travelers on the road, the easy-to-use guidebook format includes mileage, parking information, and detailed maps. Stunning color photographs allow armchair travelers to enjoy the journey as well. Appendices provide detailed information on geologic time, rock types, glaciers, and the geologists who have decoded stories hidden in rock and ice.

The North Cascades Highway provides a unique experience of a striking landscape that is also a rich, interwoven system of living things, climate, and geology.

$26.95 + tax and shipping