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If you are heading to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll definitely want to get your hands on this hiking guide. Written by an avid outdoorsman who has spent the last 15 years hiking every trail in the park, this guide covers everything you need to know to have a safe and amazing experience in one of our nation's most beautiful national parks. This guide covers nearly 200 miles of trail from marshland to alpine tundra. Each trail in the book is progressively more difficult making it easy to find the hiking trails which match your fitness level. The hikes are accompanied by large full-color photos, easy to read custom maps, elevation profile graphs and engaging descriptions, as if you were being shown around by the author. He highlights what to look for, when is the best time to go, safety considerations of each hike and wildlife you might encounter on the way. With nearly 100 pages of introductory material, you are introduced to everything you need to know to have a fun, safe and informed time in the Rocky Mountains. You'll find quick stats about each location at the back of the book and a full index making it easy to find the information you are looking for. Hikes are categorized by difficulty level and are color coded with color tabs on the outside of the book. You'll be hard pressed to find another hiking guide of this quality.
About the Author
Erik Stensland was born in Minnesota in 1968 but moved many times before he was 18. His first real memories are from the mountains outside of Helena, Montana, where at ages 5 and 6 he would spend his days hiking through the forest, exploring miles of mountain terrain around his house. Everywhere he moved he was drawn to the natural world, spending his days creating his own secret trails up to the top of nearby hills or climbing a tree to get a better view. His junior high and high school years were spent cycling throughout the countryside where he could enjoy quiet and beautiful views. Throughout Erik's life, the beauty of nature has called to him. After college Erik moved overseas, living in Austria, Bulgaria, Albania, and Kosovo. He met his wife, Joanna, in Austria and they spent over a decade working with the Albanian people, doing everything from creating an ecotourism program, teaching English, assisting local artists, starting a refugee agency, helping local churches meet the needs of their society, and many other projects. After suffering severe burnout, Erik and Joanna moved to Colorado in 2004. Erik became a landscape photographer in the hope that this might be a way to get paid to hike, as the silence of the wilderness is where he is renewed. While it has involved more office work than he ever imagined, he's still managed to explore nearly every corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, hiking every trail, most of them more times than he can count. In 2007 Erik opened his gallery in Estes Park. Since then Erik has become one of the primary photographers focusing on Rocky Mountain National Park. He's published numerous books, opened other gallery and display locations, and contributes to various local and national publications. Erik tends to avoid the spotlight and can most often be found heading in the opposite direction of the crowds, looking for quiet trails that lead into places of beauty and silence.