Weekend Reads

Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend! Fulcrum is closing early today so that everyone can take off for weekend trips, BBQs, and Rockies baseball games. As for me, I am heading up to Snowmass for the weekend to go skiing. Yes, that’s right. Skiing. Because of the incredibly wet and snowy Spring that Colorado’s had, Aspen Mountain actually has a larger snow base now than back in January (71 inches compared to 38 inches!), and they’ve decided to open up for some Memorial weekend skiing fun. It may be more like waterskiing than actual skiing, but it should be fun regardless!

But aside from skiing and hiking this weekend, I will surely be relaxing as well. I’ve decided to bring two of Fulcrum’s titles with me, to get pumped for summer:

The third edition of Gerry Roach’s Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (Fulcrum Publishing, 978-1-55591-746-3, $22.95). I’ve hiked a handful of fourteeners over the years, but my husband and I are feeling especially motivated to this year after our recent move to Denver from the Aspen/Snowmass area. We feel like we will need to compensate for the lack of daily hiking we were used to doing (when we lived in the mountains) with some fun weekend trips to hike some big mountains. Plus it will be a great way to explore new parts of Colorado and mountain ranges we are not as familiar with. We have our eye on Uncompahgre Peak, over in the San Juan mountain range near the mining town of Ouray. Uncompahgre is the sixth highest peak in Colorado, and has a very dramatic shape to it—almost cathedral-like. It is a striking peak and not known to be a very difficult hike as far as fourteeners go. This hike, and all of the 58 fourteeners in Colorado, can of course be found in Colorado’s Fourteeners.

For those looking for wonderful Colorado hikes with less hype, check out Gerry Roach’s Colorado’s Thirteeners: From 13,800 to 13,999 feet (Fulcrum Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-55591-419-6, $19.95). These are all fantastic hikes, and thirteeners often have fewer people on the trails, which can be a nice bonus when you are out in the wilderness. For more information on Gerry Roach and his classic hiking guidebooks, check out an interview he did with Outside Magazine online recently.

This weekend, I am also going to be flipping through Renee Wilkinson’s Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create (Fulcrum Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-55591-748-7, $26.95). This highly anticipated first book from the hip Portland local and founder of hipchickdigs.com, apopular blog dedicated to urban homesteading, is going to hopefully help me start planting my first herbs and veggies ever. We are thrilled to finally have a small (more like tiny) backyard with sun and a little room to grow some goodies. Being the excited novices that we are, my husband and I are looking to Modern Homestead to guide us towards getting the soil ready, picking the right veggies for our space, and making some wonderful, fresh food (and possibly canning) with our crops this summer.

Have a wonderful long weekend, and don’t forget to tune in to our blog on Tuesday, May 31, for an update from Dani and Katie on BEA 2011!

About fulcrumpublishing
Founded in 1984, Fulcrum Publishing is one of the largest independent publishers in the country, with more than 450 active titles. The company maintains a high standard of quality and pride in its books, with the objective of encouraging readers to live life to the fullest and learn something new each day. Fulcrum Publishing specializes in general-interest nonfiction titles with focuses in public policy, education, Native American culture and history, travel and outdoor recreation, environmentalism, and gardening. Fulcrum is headquartered in Golden, Colorado. The Fulcrum Publishing blog is run and updated by Dani Perea. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas by e-mailing her at Dani[at]fulcrumbooks[dot com].

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