Siskiyou Mountain Club

Tim Palmer calls Port Orford home, but he's not there for long stretches of time.  Because Tim is one of the premier writers and photographers of beautiful wild places, in the American West and beyond. 

He is the author of 19 books, including the recent America's Great Mountain Trails: 100 Highcountry Hikes Of A Lifetime.  Where to go in the high country and what you'll see are highlighted in the book. 

Tim Palmer makes a return visit to the studio to talk about the work. 

Allie Caulfield from Germany/Wikimedia

It's true you can drive right up to some of Northern California's giant redwood trees.  But you can also walk up to them and enjoy the difference in scale between their majestic height and our rather insignificant elevation. 

Plenty of hiking trails exist, and John Soares lists them in a new book: Hike the Parks: Redwood National & State Parks


As humans put some distance between themselves and nature, men claimed the role of the "outdoorsy" people.  Eugene writer Ruby McConnell made a move to reclaim that space with a book called A Woman's Guide to the Wild

And she continues down that trail with a book aimed at females in the 9-12 age group, with A Girl's Guide to the Wild, out this year. 

It's got the expected features: safety and orientation in the woods, for example, but also things like science experiments to conduct outdoors. 

M.O. Stevens, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7682206

From pristine mountain trickle to sludgy brown industrial pool, the Willamette River is a major part of Oregon's circulatory system. Its aorta, perhaps. 

Most of the state's population lives within a few miles of the river, and often takes it for granted.  Not the essayists featured in Wild in the Willamette: Exploring the Mid-Valley’s Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas

As the "Mid-Valley" of the subtitle indicates, the literary survey of the rivers focuses on the area round Corvallis. 


70 is generally not the age we associate with long-distance hiking. 

But Southern Oregon's Dami Roelse works to push the boundaries, both for herself and people her age.  She's been known to set out on the Pacific Crest Trail for two weeks at a time, even in frigid conditions. 

Dami tells her stories in the book Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age on the Trail

Greg Grossmeier, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20219402

We suspect calluses on both the hands and feet of John Soares.  He is a dedicated and constant hiker, so that would explain foot calluses. 

And he is an energetic and prolific writer, so we can imagine a few keyboarding calluses on his hands. 

He's got two new hiking books out, a fourth edition of 100 Classic Hikes: Northern California, and the smaller, more portable Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions

Siskiyou Mountain Club

William Sullivan is already one of the most accomplished hikers in Oregon. 

And he clearly goes back and checks on the places he hiked in the past. 

The result: a Fourth Edition of his book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon & Northern California.  With 18 hikes mapped out in the Eastern Siskiyou Mountains alone, this potentially represents years worth of hiking for the ambitious traveler. 

"Girl Gone Wild" Shares Secrets

Sep 7, 2016

Cheryl Strayed's famous book "Wild" was almost a how-NOT-to-survive-wilderness book.

Ruby McConnell aims to flip the script and give women useful information on striking out on their own. 

McConnell's book is A Woman's Guide to the Wild.  It is an extension of her blog "Girl Gone Wild." 

The Oregon Coast, By Foot And Paintbrush

Aug 25, 2016
Kristen O'Neill

Thanks to social media, we get to go on our friends' vacations, in a sense.  They snap pictures and put them on Instagram or Facebook, and we get to see them right away. 

Pete Miller of Grants Pass put a real twist on that process when he hiked the Oregon Coast Trail this summer. 

He snapped pictures all right... and sent them to artist Kristen O'Neill.  She then set about painting the image, with a new painting every day along the route. 

Hiking The Siskiyou Crest With Luke Ruediger

May 16, 2016
Luke Ruediger

You COULD walk from Ashland to Jacksonville now, but either on the shoulder of a busy road, or by bushwhacking through the wild (or both). 

But an alternative is in the works: the Jack-Ash Trail is planned for the ridgetops between the two communities.  Work could start later this year. 

The trail has the backing of Luke Ruediger, devotee of all things related to the Siskiyou Crest, and a blogger about his efforts and interests. 

Meet Oregon Hiking Master William Sullivan

May 4, 2016
Dean Rea/oregonhiking.com

There may be few hikers as dedicated as William L. Sullivan

Even better, few hikers who write as prolifically about hiking as Sullivan.  He's a fifth-generation Oregonian who loves to trek around the state on foot. 

And he's written 18 books and a pile of articles about the places he's seen, and is now revisiting previous hike sites to update his writing. 

Surviving a Hot, Dry Summer On The PCT

Jun 30, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail was already a popular place to take a hike, long or short.

Then the movie "Wild" and other events focused more attention on the trail, adding to its mystique.

But the mystique can't correct hot and dry conditions with potentially little water available--the conditions of this summer.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association manages sections of the PCT.

And trail managers are bracing for issues created by the drought and earlier-than-usual summer heat.

Mother + Baby + Hike = Hike It Baby

Feb 17, 2015

New mothers need sleep.  And hiking, apparently.  It works for Shanti Hodges. 

She wanted to get back in shape after having a baby, and found hiking--with baby aboard--worked just right. 

So she started the group Hike It Baby, encouraging other mothers to do the same thing.