Bestselling Sierra hiker/author/historian Giacomazzi’s second book has been published. Sharon has spent the last dozen years exploring the Eastern Sierra to present the multifaceted treasures to be found in Eastern Sierra canyons north of Bishop.This handy guide covers 25 different canyons, some well known, others utterly obscure, but all well worth exploring. Each chapter covers a canyon, presenting at least one or two hikes in detail. She also describes the best campgrounds, which canyons have rustic resorts, where to find the best wildflowers, waterfalls and autumn color, and how to get yourself or your family on horseback in these canyons for those who would rather ride than hike (or do a combination of both). The book includes easy-to-read maps for each canyon by renowned artist and map drawer Marsha Mello. The eye-catching cover photograph by marvelous Sierra photographer Claude Fiddler will have people reaching for this handy guide for years to come. 200 pages, 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 81 phptographs including 26 in full color in an 8-page color insert, 20 maps, bibliography, index.
About the Author:
Sharon Giacomazzi is a Sierra hiker who happens to be a an avid histroy buff and born storyteller. Sharon's love affair with the Sierra Nevada began early, as soon as she learned to walk. She gre up on a large ranch in the foothills below Kings Canyon National Park. When Sharon wasn't asleep or in school, she wandered the hills, wild and free, on foot or horseback. Mountain life got into her blood and stayed, even during years away at college and in the city earning a living as a teacher. The urban setting always made Sharon feel like an alien, a stranger trapped in a strange land. Finally, in 1980, after 22 years of teaching, she decided to go home to the mountains where her spirit could be nurtured by the Sierra's natural rhythms and cycles. Sharon bought property close to Yosemite and reconnected with her sense of place and her spritual home. After building her house, she created ways to eke out a modest living, then began walking, and she hasn't stopped. In the past 25 years, Sharon has trekked more than 7500 miles in the Sierra Nevada. She has been an outings leader for several environmental organizations and community colleges, as well as leader of her own history hikes. She has read and re-read scores of history books about the Sierra, finding they trewmendously enriched her hiking experiences. Treading a trail is certainly rewarding, but Sharon found it a bit one dimensional. Knowing each place's background and nuances takes a hiker to another level of intimacy that is very gratifying. Sharon started writing and the trails and tales of the Sierra Nevada in 1992. Like walking, once she got going she couldn't stop. Since then, her articles have appeared regularly in the Yosemite Highway Herald newspaper and Sierra Heritage and California Explorer magazines. Much to her amazement and delight, she encountered many people eager for something more than just a hiking guide to get them from point A to B. They wanted some "meat with their potatoes," as one reader chose to put it. Following that suggestion, Sharon's first book, Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra was published in 2001 and has been wildly successful. Sharon loves to hike and write about her adventures. Like John Muir, she too feels blessed when she can entice someone to get out there and migle with the rest of the food chain and "taste the tonic of wilderness."
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