Tom Stienstra will present a special show, “Sierra Crossings, The epic trek you can do in a week,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the El Cerrito Barnes & Noble.
For your GPS maps: 6050 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Phone contact is (510) 524-0087.
Sierra Crossing is the story and photographs that describe and capture the epic 70-mile crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from east to west, as the first pioneers and trailblazers would have seen it. As a week-long trek, it is adventure anybody from across America could aspire to.
The show coincides with the release of a series of new guidebooks by Tom Stienstra, including the all-new 2012 editions of California Hiking, California Fishing, six snapshot guides including Yosemite & Mammoth Lakes Camping & Hiking — and two new eBooks, Sierra Crossing and Sunday Drive Getaways.
The new eBook, Sierra Crossings, $5.95, 90 pages and 54 photographs, provides you with a seat at the nightly campfires, and with it, a rare glimpse of a little-known land and what it takes to see it.
The trek starts from the flank of Mount Whitney, at 14,497 feet the highest point in the Lower 48, and then ranges over the Sierra Crest, down a 5,000-foot deep canyon, then up and over the Great Western Divide to Sequoia National Park at the foot of the western Si- erra.
In the process, the stories describe how three out- doorsmen walked in the footsteps of trailblazers and explorers. They detail an experience similar to that required by pioneers 200 years ago, across a pristine landscape that looks much as it did 5,000 years ago. It thus is a journey into the past, yet one that is still up to date.
This trek reveals the towering canyon rims, ancient virgin forests, pristine lakes and creeks, waterfalls and hot springs, and wildlife for which each visitor is a curiosity, not a threat. The trout fishing in the remote Kern is among the best of any in the American wilder- ness. The streams are the purest in America. People are scarce and litter nonexistent.
The narrative and photography captures both the outdoor experience and the timeless sense of the epic landscape.
See you there!
Feel great in the next 24 hours: Hike. Bike. Camp. Fish. Boat. Wildlife watch. Explore.
For the new edition of California Camping, go to http://tomstienstra.com/books/california-camping/