Staff Picks: Our Favorite Fulcrum Outdoor Titles
February 1, 2011 Leave a comment
By Cindy Hirschfeld
Have you ever been at the park and seen a large dog running free only to be quickly leashed when the owner realizes that he is not alone? Owners can save themselves the fine and embarrassment of being caught by picking up a copy of Canine Colorado. It has hundreds of recommendations across the state for pet-friendly activities and will even let you know where naked pups are given a green light.
Jack Lenzo is the designer at Fulcrum. He appreciates looking out his window and seeing mountains instead of cornfields and bumper stickers that are thoughtful enough to say Naive instead of Native. Some of his favorite projects have been ones that have overlapped with and informed his own experiences in the West.
By Sam Tracy
I sure do love Roadside Bicycle Repair: A Pocket Manifesto by Sam Tracy. I tool around on a sweet cherry red 21-speed Giant that I call Madam Chomp (named after her hunger for my pant legs), and this little guide is a great resource to keep her (and your bike!) on the road and out of the bike shop. Particularly for those hard cycling days, when the fate of the world rests on your wheels, and you’ve zombies and robotic wolves on your tail, you’re gonna want these quick and handy instructions by your side to fix that flat tire or wonky brake pad.
Dani Perea is the marketing and sales associate at Fulcrum Publishing. Ever since working in a comic shop as a young sprout, she has enjoyed selling fantastic books to wonderful people. When she’s not wearing her sales and marketing top hat, she enjoys punk rock, a rousing game of tumbleweed chasin’, and gazing at vast desert skies filled with stars, preferably all at once.
By Eugene Buchanan
Outdoor adventure is relative. To one person, a bicycle ride on groomed trails with his four-year-old child is an adventure. To another, adventure is a five-day hike in the desert with trails fading away between strategically placed cairns. For me, adventure is rafting white water in America’s West. I’ve done multiday trips on the Yampa, the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Green, and the Colorado. In my favorite outdoor book published by Fulcrum, Brothers on the Bashkaus, adventure is raised to a level few people will ever experience.
In 1993, four Americans ran the Bashkaus River, one of the hardest white-water runs in all Siberia. Their story is told in Eugene Buchanan’s Brothers on the Bashkaus: A Siberian Paddling Adventure. Class V rapids, isolation, food shortages, and equipment improvisations were all part of the amazing journey made by the Americans and their ten Latvian companions. From rafts made from old germ-warfare suits to lifejackets stitched together from soccer balls and wine bladders, river running in the former Soviet Union was not for the timid. Along the way, they dealt with everything from language barriers to armed horsemen and rapids lined with memorials to those who perished before them. They soon found that the river creates a common bond regardless of race, religion, or nationality—a bond in which a group of strangers truly come together as brothers.
Ingrid Estell is Fulcrum’s special sales manager and places Fulcrum’s titles with museums, state and national park stores, and many others. In her time away from the office, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and white-water rafting. And, unlike the Bashkaus rafters, has yet to eat pork fat to survive on a river trip.
By Kirk Johnson
Illustrated by Ray Troll
Not only is it an informative and fascinating read, the colorful illustrations are wonderful. I find it helpful to refer to after my trips to Dinosaur Ridge fossil trail, near Morrison, Colorado. There’s a lot of information for fossil lovers in this book.
Patty Maher has been with Fulcrum for twenty years and has seen in progress or worked on many of the Fulcrum titles. Having worked in many capacities, including production manager, book designer, and website designer, she is currently working with special projects that Fulcrum is involved in or has launched. She enjoys the West and living in Colorado.
Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink
By Mitch Tobin
Because I grew up in the Southwest, issues like water use, urban sprawl, and species vulnerability are just a part of my lexicon. They also turned into white noise for me for several years, until I read Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink. Award-winning journalist Mitch Tobin spent nearly seven years writing about and crisscrossing this region, searching for wildlife driven to the brink of extinction and solutions to the crisis, and using firsthand accounts to show why so many species are at risk of extinction. This book is not only important, it is incredibly well written, engaging, and hopeful. I think anyone who lives in or has an interest in the environment and the Southwest will gain much from this book.
Katie O’Neill is the marketing manager at Fulcrum. She believes her interest in marketing dates back to childhood: her mom would hold neighborhood garage sales and Katie was responsible for “signage and mingling.” She is happy, though, to now be marketing books and not her old clothes, Barbie dolls, and the O’Neill family’s furniture.
Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A.
By Eric Peterson
By Eric Peterson
By Eric Peterson
By Eric Peterson
I love Eric Peterson’s Ramble series, comprising Ramble U.S.A., Ramble California, Ramble Texas, and Ramble Colorado. My husband and I have taken some really fun and memorable road trips over the years, and I’ve found it’s not as easy as you would think to find those off-the-beaten-path stops that Peterson has such a knack for discovering. Reading the Ramble guides sparks my desire to get out on the road and explore new territory again. Peterson’s voice is honest, engaging, and hilarious, and his books will lead you to places you never would have found. If you are looking to take a road trip or if you just want to hop in the car and explore a new corner of your state over the weekend, I recommend picking up a Ramble guide. Filled with color photos, stats and facts, and suggestions for restaurants, hotels, beautiful spots, and attractions in each city, these books are highly entertaining and very useful. Ramble on…
Brynn Flaherty recently joined Fulcrum as the marketing assistant. She is excited to start a new career in publishing after attending the Denver Publishing Institute in 2009 and, for the past year, working as an events manager at a wonderful independent bookstore in Aspen, Colorado. In her spare time, Brynn loves to snowboard, hike, travel, cook, drink good beer and cheap wine, and keep her two rambunctious pups exercised in some way.