Maryann Gaug discusses new Breckenridge, Vail hiking book in Frisco
If you go
What: Maryann Gaug, author of the Falcon Guide “Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail”
When: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Where: Next Page Books & Nosh, 409 Main St. No. 101, Frisco
Cost: Free; books will be available for sale
More information: Visit http://www.nextpagebooks.com, or call (970) 668-9291
On Saturday, July 5, author Maryann Gaug will visit The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco to speak about and sign her Falcon Guide, “Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail.” Gaug said the book is an enhancement of her previous book, “Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area.”
“That book was 17 hikes in Summit County and eight in the surrounding counties,” she said. “Falcon wanted a book that covered more trails, so we added Vail and a few hikes near Glenwood Springs. As one of the ‘Best Hikes Near’ series, all hikes are within an hour’s drive of either Breckenridge or Vail.”
Adding more hikes
There are 40 hikes in the new book: 18 in Summit County, 18 in Eagle County and four near Glenwood. Gaug said combining the Vail and Breckenridge areas into one book made sense.
“The area’s close together, and it’s easy for people to get to both places,” she said. “Originally, the title was going to be something like ‘Hiking Colorado’s Central Mountains, Summit, Vail and Beaver Creek Areas.’ That’s how the enhancement started out. The problem with that was most people consider Aspen central, and I wasn’t going to put in Aspen hikes.”
Adding a few hikes near Glenwood gives people alternatives when Vail and Breckenridge are still covered in snow, Gaug said, and also gives the book more variety.
“Glenwood Springs is only about an hour from Vail, so I included Hanging Lake and two other side canyons off Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood that would be open earlier and later in the season. It’s also a sort of different environment than we have up in Summit and Eagle” counties.
The book is also printed in full color for the first time, which Gaug said “makes a world of difference.”
As in all of her Falcon Guides, Gaug includes GPS coordinates to plot the locations of trailheads and to determine distances to particular turns when paths fork and to points of interest, such as historical sites and natural features.
“In this book, I try to make sure to include things over in the Breckenridge area about the mining history, the building of Breckenridge a little bit,” she said. “Other places, I’m doing more natural history.”
Two of the hikes are in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness, which Gaug discusses in the book. She also covers the Holy Cross Wilderness and the history of Mount of the Holy Cross, farming and ranching in Eagle County and some history of Camp Hale and the 10th Mountain Division. Natural history elements include flora and fauna and geological features.
“I tried to find some things that were appropriate for each hike to give people more insight into the area they were hiking,” she said. “So if you can’t get out and hike, you can still read and enjoy the territory, learn something about it.”
At The Next Page
Karen Berg, owner of The Next Page, said there would be time at the beginning of the event on Saturday, July 5, for people to gather, then Maryann would likely talk about her book a bit and answer questions before signing books.
“The last time we held an event, people were very anxious to hear what Maryann has to say about the trails and about the production of the book,” Berg said. “She might even throw out some things of what her favorite hiking trails in the book might be.”
Falcon has done a wonderful job with upgrades to its book format, with color photos and color trail maps, Berg said, making them much easier to read.
“They’re terrific guidebooks,” she said. “They go on all of our coffee tables at home and we use them for what we do on weekends. I always look forward to books from Maryann, and I think it will be another great book to add to your collection.”
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