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Yosemite

Yosemite

by Ansel Adams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A handsome collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of Yosemite National Park. The 66 photographs include Clearing Winter Storm and portraits of Moon, Half Dome and El Capitan. (CAL49, $22.00)

My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

Muir's original account of a summer in Yosemite and surrounding High Sierras, based on his youthful notebooks of the summer of 1869. (CAL47, $14.00)

Yosemite Wildlife

Yosemite Wildlife

by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card featuring 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. (USW499, $6.95)

Compass Guide Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks

Compass Guide Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks

by Sara Benson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide and overview of the history, culture, nature and attractions of the region. Also includes a 20-page section of practical information from featured local authors. (USW576, $21.99)

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

by Steven P. Medley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

Published by the Yosemite Association, this slim guide includes practical information on activities, hiking trails, wildlife and history. (CAL51, $12.95)

Yosemite National Park Map

Yosemite National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A detailed, topographic map of Yosemite National Park, shown at a scale of 1:100,000. (CAL40, $11.95)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten San Francisco

Eyewitness Top Ten San Francisco


by Jeffrey Kennedy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (SFA1, $14.00)

National Geographic Yosemite National Park Road Guide

National Geographic Yosemite National Park Road Guide


by Jeremy Schmidt

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A compact guidebook by National Geographic with the publisher's usual attention to maps and color photography. With a good overview of history, nature, culture and attractions. (USW472, $8.95)

The John Muir Trail, Trekking in the High Sierra of California

The John Muir Trail, Trekking in the High Sierra of California


by Alan Castle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A full-color guide to some of the finest mountain scenery in the United States. Cicerone divides the 211-mile-long John Muir Trail into 21 manageable hikes, each finishing at a good camping area. (CAL370, $19.95)

The Photographers's Guide to Yosemite

The Photographers's Guide to Yosemite


by Michael Frye

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

These tips and directions from Yosemite local Michael Frye include detailed maps, tips and 100 color photographs. (CAL322, $12.95)

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco


by Wildsam Field Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

This beautifully produced pocket guide to San Francisco is designed for the soulful traveler with a bygone sense of place. Contributors include local artists, musicians and writers who compiled recommendations, essays, illustrations and interviews intended to move the traveler beyond their itinerary. (SFO66, $17.95)

Yosemite Adventures, 50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs, and Winter Treks

Yosemite Adventures, 50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs, and Winter Treks


by Matt Johanson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Featuring the best hikes, climbs and treks through Yosemite, Johanson's book breaks down the trips by a number of factors including distance, time, elevation and best season. (CAL344, $19.95)

Yosemite, the Complete Guide

Yosemite, the Complete Guide


by James Kaiser

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This outdoor guide, which includes the High Sierra, features stunning color photographs on almost every page, a detailed roundup of hiking, camping and other activities, innovative maps in topographic detail and dozens of suggested itineraries. (CAL213, $19.95)

Seed of the Future, Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea

Seed of the Future, Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea


by Dayton Duncan

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Signed by President Lincoln in 1864, the Yosemite Grant Act, argues Dayton Duncan, launched a movement. The conservationist and filmmaker (he frequently collaborates with Ken Burns), Duncan brings together 100 spectacular photographs, biographies and great stories to celebrate the park's 150th birthday. Published by the Yosemite Association. (CAL336, $27.00)

Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley, Celebrating the Park at 150

Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley, Celebrating the Park at 150


by Peter Galassi

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

This large-format clothbound book showcases 150 breathtaking images from Yosemite, including photographs of places like Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan that Ansel Adams immortalized through the work. A stunning collection. (CAL356, $100.00)

The Last Season

The Last Season


by Eric Blehm

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Eric Blehm's account of the disappearance of experienced ranger Randy Morgenson in the wilderness of the Sierras is a tribute to the man and the natural beauty of the mountains. (CAL207, $14.99)

Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers

Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers


by Michael Frye

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

This Yosemite adventure companion features inspired quotes by John Muir, Sir Edmund Hillary, Susan Sontag, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Campbell and many more. Includes a foreword by pioneering rock climber Royal Robbins. (CAL347, $9.95)

A Passion for Nature, The Life of John Muir

A Passion for Nature, The Life of John Muir


by Donald Worster

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Worster's richly anecdotal biography of the pioneering naturalist, conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club captures the spirit of the man and his love of travels and exploration. (NAM45, $24.95)

The Wild Muir, Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

The Wild Muir, Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures


by John Muir

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An entertaining collection of some of Muir's finest writing recounting a few of his adventures -- from his avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley to death-defying falls he suffered in the Alaskan frontier. Another, more outrageous side of the activist outdoorsman. (CAL337, $11.95)

Inspiring Generations, 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite

Inspiring Generations, 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite


by Anniversary Story Book Committee

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unprecedented Yosemite Grant Act, this book compiles 150 pieces of prose and poetry selected out of hundreds of submissions from the general public. The collection includes personal stories about hikes up Half Dome, encounters with bears and overnight stays at the Ahwahnee Hotel. (CAL333, $19.95)

Meditations of John Muir, Nature's Temple

Meditations of John Muir, Nature's Temple


by Chris Highland

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A celebrated collection of 60 quotes by the famous conservationist who continues to challenge Americans to get out and explore the wild. As Muir puts it: "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence." (CAL335, $11.95)

Assembling California

Assembling California


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion


by Verna Johnston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

This portrait of the Sierra Nevada has been a favorite among naturalists since first being published in 1970. Recently updated to reflect ecological research, it's a lyrical tour of the wildlife, plants and landscapes. (CAL46, $29.95)

Yosemite and the High Sierra

Yosemite and the High Sierra


by Ansel Adams | John Szarkowski | Stillman, Andrea G.

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

This gorgeous collection includes Adams' best work on Yosemite and spans his 60-year career. (CAL210, $55.00)

Yosemite, an American Treasure

Yosemite, an American Treasure


by Kenneth Brower

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

An overview of Yosemite National Park, presented in the style of National Geographic style with 120 color photographs and text by Kenneth Brower. A volume in the National Geographic Park Profiles series. (CAL43, $16.00)

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals


by Craig MacGowan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the birds and mammals commonly found in Yosemite National Park. (CAL48, $4.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna. (CAL07, $22.00)

Sierra Nevada Natural History

Sierra Nevada Natural History


by Tracy I. Storer | Robert L. Usinger | David Lukas

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

An old-fashioned comprehensive guide to 750 species of mammals, plants, insects, fish, birds and amphibians throughout the Sierra Nevadas. (CAL53, $28.95)

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada


by John Muir Laws

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 366 PAGES

This impressively detailed, compact and comprehensive identification guide covers 1700 native species of trees, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. Well organized for the field with 2,800 clear color illustrations and key features integrated on the page. (CAL238, $24.95)

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