19 comments on “Coming Soon: Hike Mt Shasta, The Book (and a bonus book too!)

  1. THANKS – love your posts – just pre-ordered 4 books to have here at the McCloud Hotel! Nancy

  2. I am soooo excited to see the wine country book!! We have been enjoying the hikes around Sonoma County but we know there is so much more to discover. Congrats to you on 2 books!!! That is an awesome accomplishment! Cheers to many more!

    • Thanks a lot! It really is amazing how many hidden gems there are in Sonoma County. I hope you continue enjoy exploring the area. Not that I am an expert on the county, but if you ever need to pick a brain on what to do or where to go, I love talking about this stuff and I really appreciate being able to discuss my home town. Thanks again!

  3. Bubba, I was wondering how you were going to monetize your site; it deserved to be. However I have found the web online version to be so much more usable than any guide book I have ever used. Being able to quickly print out one of your maps is a key feature. Will there be a downloadable version of the books? Will the maps still be available online? Being able to click on your index maps to find a hike is great. The ability to add content on an ongoing basis is key; what I consider to be the biggest issue with printed guide books over the years.
    I am heading over to Amazon to preorder the book now.

    • Thanks John. I really appreciate it. I never thought of the book as monetizing the site, but now that you put it that way, I guess it is. Cluttering the site with ads and other distractions never appealed to me, so I just sort of ignored that as a possibility. I had always wanted to get into outdoor writing on a professional level and in the back of my mind I had sort of seen the site as a gateway to that, sort of an online portfolio.

      Now that the books are being published and I have the opportunity to do more, I am too attached to HikeMtShasta to let it go or languish unattended. So, to answer your question, I think that there will be a downloadable version. I am still working with my publisher on that. The maps will stay on the site, as will all the images and the basic statistical beta and clickable maps. The blog posts will also stay and continue. I love writing about the Mount Shasta area and I am not about to quit doing that! The biggest change that I anticipate is the removal of the “step by step” descriptions of the trails. Over the course of the summer I plan condensing the descriptions to a single paragraph that just hits the highlights. The directions to trailheads will also remain. At the end of the day, I do want to sell books (thanks for the preorder!), so I don’t want a free alternative readily available, but I still want the site to be useful. It remains to be seen how easy striking that balance will be. Feel free to offer feedback!

      Thanks for following HikeMtShasta and being so supportive. I really value that!

  4. This is such great news! I used to work at The Fifth Season and would refer customers to this site all the time! I’m sure your book will sell really well here, as there’s already so much demand.
    Congratulations and keep up the good work!
    -Lauren

  5. Bubba, you did it! Not once, but twice 🙂 Congratulations. I’m gonna pick up a copy of the Shasta book and head down there sometime this summer. Maybe we can hit a trail together? Well done!

    • Thanks Adam! I really appreciate it. Needless to say, I can’t wait until they are actually in print. For what it is worth, I bought one of yours too!

      Definitely give me a holler when you come down this way and we should go hiking. My wife and I have a guest house and if you don’t feel like roughing it, you are more than welcome to stay there whenever you come down to this area!

  6. I am so thrilled that you are putting all this valuable info together in a book but…I wish you would comment on which trails would be appropriate for us older folks that enjoy riding our horse into some of these beautiful areas. Here are two groups that should be allies in keeping the wilderness available for future generations. Hook up with Backcountry Horsemen.

    • Thank you very much for the support. No worries about unsubscribing too, I understand how busy things can be. I certainly would be happy to team up with Backcountry Horsemen. To be honest though, I am not sure that I am the person to go to, since I am a one-man operation. The Mount Shasta Trails Association does a lot of great work on stuff, but they generally focus on things right around town. I am happy to pitch in on works days though! I am pretty keen on equine access to trails though. My four year old son has been taking riding lessons for 9 months and I want him to be able to ride the trails when he is older!

  7. Congrats on your book deals. I know you’ve put a lot of work into this site and it shows. Like you, I love documenting my hikes and putting that information up on my blog for other hikers to access. I wish my presentation was as polished as yours, but it is what it is. I wish you well in your new endeavor.

    • Thanks George. Getting the books done has been a much more difficult process than I anticipated. I hope you keep posting your hikes in New Mexico! I enjoy it a great deal.

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