Great Hiking Trails!

A while back I was car-camping at various spots along the Pacific Crest Trail making large-format portraits of through-hikers. One evening a storm blew in. Lightning crashed down and the sky turned purple and I took a few photos on my trusty old Yashica-mat before dashing into my truck for shelter.

One of those storm photos made its way into this new book Great Hiking Trails of the World, by Karen Berger, published by Rizzoli, celebrating epic hikes around the world.

Great Hiking Trails of the World - a coffee-table portal to various hard-earned heavenly views.

Great Hiking Trails of the World - a coffee-table portal to various hard-earned heavenly views.

If you flip to page 292 you can see that stormy sky I was talking about, moments before the hail hit.

Page 292 of Great Hiking Trails of the World!

Page 292 of Great Hiking Trails of the World!

I have to thank Jack Haskel, who connected me with Rizzoli as they sourced images for the book. Jack is the Trail Information Manager for the Pacific Crest Trail Association. His job as I understand it is to backpack around and tell people about how amazing life on the trail is. (There may be more to it, but when I imagine him going to the "office" I just see trees and dirt.)

I'll part with this self portrait I took in the back of my truck as the hail got truly fierce. I'll not bother to re-scan it or clean it up, so the dust specks and color shifts are here to stay.

Yours Truly, hiding from the hail.

Yours Truly, hiding from the hail.

In sum, the book is beautiful. I recommend it as a holiday gift.