Wednesday 16 November 2011

Pacific Northwest Trail book to come - 'Grizzly Bears & Razor Clams'

In the Selkirk Mountains on the Pacific Northwest Trail.

I'm delighted to announce that I have a publisher for a book on my Pacific Northwest Trail walk and that the publisher is here in the Scottish Highlands - Sandstone Press. The book will be published next summer and will have many photographs as well as my words. The title is Grizzly Bears and Clam Shells: Walking America's Pacific Northwest Trail, for which, appropriately, I have the trail's founder Ron Strickland to thank. Now I'd better return to actually writing the book!


  1. Woo Hoo! I shall look forward to that one, Chris. Hard at it, now: No slacking...


  2. Terrific. I loved your Yukon and Arizona books. Look forward to this one.

  3. Seconded, or is it thirded ;-)

  4. Great. Enjoy revisiting the trail in your mind as you write the book.

  5. Chris,
    Which three season sleeping bag would you recommend? I've looked at the Mountain Equipment Xero 350 (730g 350g of 750 down) but the outer shell doesn't look as water resistant as pertex, the Rab Neutrino 400 looks similar but has a pertex shell, the PHD minimum 400 looks equally good, and lastly the Alpkit pipedream 400 seems to be a bargain.

    The RAB looks to be my favourite in terms of quality, featuresm, and outer shell. What do you think?



  6. Thanks for the comments everyone. I am enjoying writing the book.

    Matt, I wouldn't worry about the water resistance of the Xero shell - all these shells will resists drips, none are remotely waterproof, though a DriShell outer is an option for the PHD Minim. The four bags you mention are all good. If weight is significant then I'd go for the PHD (though none of the bags is heavy), if price matters the Alpkit. But if you feel the Rab has the edge then go for that one. I would be happy with any of these bags.

  7. Fantastic Chris, I shall look forward to that having read most of your other books.