“The Hiker’s Guide: McCall & Cascade (2nd Edition)” by Scott Marchant (Boise); Hiking Idaho ($21.95)
After an arduous and exploratory summer discovering new trails, Scott Marchant is excited to announce the completion of his newest hiking guidebook: “The Hiker’s Guide: McCall & Cascade (2nd Edition).” The 240-page guidebook showcases 65 of the greatest walking adventures in the mountains near McCall, New Meadows, Cascade and Stolle Meadows.
In the 2nd edition you will find 21 new hikes, different options for hikes found in the 1st edition, improved USGS-based maps and color photography. The new guidebook is completely rewritten, as the author hiked nearly all of the trails again. A few hikes have been removed from the 1st edition and some hikes are now combined into one hike description. You will also find up-to-date information on which trails were impacted by the 2015 Tepee Springs Fire. This comprehensive guide will help you find the most spectacular mountain destinations in the area.
Inside the guide, look for:
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▪ At-a-glance information including distance, total elevation gain, season, GPS waypoints, difficulty and cautionary advice.
▪ The author’s favorite hikes, including early season, solitude, view, wildflower, backpack, fall, easy and hikes along creeks.
▪ Advice on safety, wilderness etiquette and wilderness conservation.
▪ Local information on flora, fauna and recent wildfires.
▪ 39 USGS-based topographical maps.
▪ Over 100 photographs, 16 pages in full-color.
“Shannon’s Story” by Anne Chatterton and Nicole Brown (Idaho); Storykeeper Press ($9.99)
Cancer is a relentless, horrific disease. While it often takes wonderful people away at far too young an age, it somehow leaves those still standing with a new appreciation for life, friends and family. Such is the case with “Shannon’s Story: An Angel’s Journey Through Cancer” by Nicole Brown with Anne Chatterton, a biographical story written by a very loving older sister. “Shannon’s Story” manages to pull off that contradiction of describing a loved one who suffered from cancer while leaving the reader with a sense of hope. It’s also a fantastic memorial for Shannon, someone who touched countless lives during her life and now can continue to do so forever.
Shannon was a medical assistant for years and always made sure she was in great shape, so it came as a huge surprise in September 2013 that she was diagnosed with stage two cervical cancer. After a full hysterectomy, the cancer seemed to be behaving oddly, and it was discovered that she now had stage four lung cancer and stomach cancer.
“Shannon’s Story” includes several high moments, some so incredibly full of hope and joy that the cancer seemed almost gone, and then others that are so terribly low, such as the discovery that the cancer wasn’t gone and had spread even further. So many stories about cancer show a downward spiral with maybe one good bounce back from the first chemo treatment or right before a person dies, but Shannon’s story is a rollercoaster of many ups and downs.
“Shannon’s Story” is a genuine tribute to a family that would go to any lengths to conquer cancer, and Shannon’s love for her family a testimony to the power of love and commitment.
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