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Hiker's Guide
« on: July 07, 2018, 09:04:28 AM »
The park evidently puts out a Hiker's Guide. Wondering if anyone can provide a review. In particular:

  • How does it compare to Parent's book?
  • It says it was revised in 2011. Is this a revision of "Hiker's Guide to the Developed Trails and Primitive Routes" by Roland Wauer, which evidently dates back to the 70s or earlier? If so, how has it changed?

It's available for 4 bucks + S&H, just wondering if I should pick up a copy.

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Re: Hiker's Guide
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2018, 09:49:15 AM »
The park evidently puts out a Hiker's Guide. Wondering if anyone can provide a review. In particular:

  • How does it compare to Parent's book?
  • It says it was revised in 2011. Is this a revision of "Hiker's Guide to the Developed Trails and Primitive Routes" by Roland Wauer, which evidently dates back to the 70s or earlier? If so, how has it changed?

It's available for 4 bucks + S&H, just wondering if I should pick up a copy.

Thanks

I have a very old version of this book/booklet. (1990). It is not a comprehensive guide like the other 2 mentioned. It's not all that useful unless you are a new visitor. Mine doesn't even have Smoky Creek trail, Cheap though.....mine was $1.75! Looks like the new one is in a larger format than mine too.


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Re: Hiker's Guide
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2018, 10:41:00 AM »
How does it compare to Parent's book?

Parent: 240 pages, $22.95
Hiker's Guide: 24 pages, $3.95

As badknees mentioned, the Hiker's Guide is intended for new visitors and occasional hikers; if you're a member of this forum, the Parent book is more comprehensive and probably more what you're looking for.

The Hiker's Guide is the current revision of a booklet that goes back decades: here is the cover of the 1971 version:


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Re: Hiker's Guide
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 06:59:28 PM »
Buy L. Parent's book "Hiking Big Bend". It's waaaaaaaaaaaay better with all the detail you will need to find some great spots in Big Bend NP. Can find used book at www.gettextbooks.co m by entering title or author, etc. The versions haven't changed much over the last few years. Blessings, K

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Re: Hiker's Guide
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2018, 07:24:49 PM »
Buy L. Parent's book "Hiking Big Bend". It's waaaaaaaaaaaay better with all the detail you will need to find some great spots in Big Bend NP. Can find used book at www.gettextbooks.co m by entering title or author, etc. The versions haven't changed much over the last few years. Blessings, K

Consider that while Parent's book is excellent, he didn't have a guide book to lead him while compiling the information (well, he probably used the park guide as a starting point, but we all know how limited it is).

That means anyone with a bit of adventurer spirit and outdoor competence in them can do the same. Hike without a guide; book or otherwise, and see marvelous things that you find on your own voyage of discovery. It's always more exciting and satisfying to find something you didn't have prior knowledge about.

None of the explorers throughout history ever would have done what they did if they had needed or waited for someone to produce a guidebook.

If you stay off the trails helpfully outlined in the various books, you generally will have the park to yourself rather than being part of the caterpillar hiking club, constantly walking in other hiker's footprints.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2018, 10:35:16 PM »
I have this, as well as the road guide. Most recent versions, I believe. Still says revised in 2011.

Itís good as a quick guide and actually does have some of the lesser known stuff like Banta Shut-in, Strawhouse, Slickrock Canyon, etc. (Parentís book doesnít have Banta). So while is is not nearly as comprehensive it is worth the few bucks it costs I think as a quick reference.

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