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KATE SIBER is a freelance journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, National Parks, 5280, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among many other newspapers and magazines, and has been honored with several Lowell Thomas awards, including Travel Journalist of the Year. Her children's book, National Parks of the U.S.A., a large-format, illustrated tour of the country's great parks for kids ages 6 to 9, was published in 2018.
ANDREW SKURKA (foreword) is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. He was named Adventurer of the Year by Outside and National Geographic magazines, and Person of the Year by Backpacker. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, now in its second edition. Skurka is most well-known for his solo long-distance hiking trips. When not living out of his backpack, he resides in Boulder, Colorado.
“Be prepared for some serious dreaming and scheming” –Hiking for Her
“From page 1 this book took my breath away. The views are to die for, the cultures are amazing and the vacations these locations will inspire - never ending.” –Instagram: @books_with_bethany
“…a modern-day wish book.” –Hiker to Hiker
“I absolutely LOVE this book and would recommend it if you love nature and hiking, or just want to relax at home and arm chair travel!” –Instagram: @nature.books.coffee
“While there were many hikes at the difficult or expert-only levels, there were also several easy and moderate ones. Distances vary from one mile to several hundred, with trip lengths from a couple hours to several weeks or even months. If you're looking for remote places to enjoy the solitude, this book has it. If you're looking for something closer to civilization, this book has that, too.” –Musings of a Literary Wanderer
“The marvel of the book is learning about the wide variety of hiking opportunities if you are just beginning to explore the world of hiking or to expand your knowledge if you have only hiked on one continent…You will find a well written description and a “what you’ll find” on the hike. And those photos. It’s those photos that truly bring the descriptions alive.” –Books, Cooks, Looks
“A book I’m finding very hard to put down. I always pick it up with the intent to read about one or two new trails, and then realize I’ve read through five.” –Trail to Peak
“Inveterate hiker and backpacker Siber curated this gorgeous picture book of 100 scenic trails…The hikes range from easy and moderate to strenuous and expert…The work also includes an upbeat foreword by adventurer Andrew Skurka, breathtakingly beautiful color photographs of National Geographic quality, information about hiking gear, and a brief pitch for hiking conservation.” –Library Journal
“Visiting beautiful mountains around the world and checking bucket list adventures off of my list can leave me chasing a bit of an adventure high, so I can understand why readers eagerly seek a ‘next trip’ after just completing one. With 100 Hikes of a Lifetime, Kate Siber and Andrew Skurka have put together a list of 100 answers for those of us in search of “What’s next?”… I have yet to find a more comprehensive answer to my question of “what’s next?” –Trail to Peak
“If you're like me, you have a mental list of the places your hiking boots need to go, and soon. This book? It helped me double the list…Books like this don't come along every day…The world is a vast and achingly beautiful place. Go see it, using this book for inspiration. If you can't go, then see it anyway, from the comfort of your favorite reading chair. This book makes it possible.” –Hiking for Her
“Part of the fun of the book is seeing which hikes you’ve completed that made the list…The other fun comes in daydreaming about which trips you’d like to do.” –Pam LeBlanc Adventures
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