“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review
In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.
In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.
Best Climbs Rocky Mountain National Park showcases the classic routes and best climbs in America's largest national park. Ideal for both local and nonlocal climbers who want to hit as many select climbs as possible in a weekend or a short visit, it provides visually appealing, to-the-point information. Longtime Colorado climber Stewart Green filters out more than 150 first-rate routes—from moderate beginner routes to challenging expert climbs.
Each section covers a different climbing area and route history, and also includes entertaining sidebars on local climbing history and trivia. All routes are shown clearly on detailed color photo topos, alongside stunning action photos and a contemporary, exciting design.
This is the third volume in FalconGuides' Best Climbs series, which made its debut in 2009 and represents a new type of guidebook to America's most popular climbing destinations.