Extreme Adventures: Northern California

CCC Publishing
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Adrenaline junkies love these unique books, packed with radical excursions to get your blood pumping. Get your kicks paragliding off Haleakala Volcano, snowboarding Mauna Kea or extreme biking on Mt. Tamalpais. Every adventure's adrenaline quotient and risk level is rated on a scale from 1 to 6. Most extreme adventures require some degree of physical stamina. All the information you need to try these out on your own or with a guide is given. Addresses and telephone numbers of outfitters, resources, organizations offering help -- all are listed. Photos, maps & drawings complement the colorfully written text.
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Brad Olsen is the author/illustrator of the “Extreme Adventures” series of adrenaline-pumping guidebooks. Extreme Adventures Hawaii and Extreme Adventures Northern California were both released by Hunter Publishing in 1998. In July, 2005 he was interviewed for the Outdoor Life Network new extreme sports series called “The World’s Wildest Rides.” 

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CCC Publishing
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Dec 31, 1998
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236
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9781556508080
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English
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Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
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