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Get Outside author event at Bookworm of Edwards

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado

Outdoor activities flourish during summer months in the mountains, which is why The Bookworm of Edwards and Ptarmigan Sports have teamed up for an event focused on getting outside. Tonight’s event will feature three experienced outdoor authors sharing tidbits from their books on how to successfully enjoy open-air activities with the whole family. Ptarmigan Sports will have a full campsite setup on display including hiking pack for day and overnight use. Attendees can explore the latest gear and get tips from the authors and Ptarmigan Sports staff on the right gadgets and gear for an unforgettable family adventure.Hikers will discover new Vail-area trail destinations in a just-published 2012 edition of the local guidebook, “The Vail Hiker.” Now in its sixth edition, the book for the first time is in full-color. The updated and expanded book has added a half-dozen new hikes, a group of fishing lakes for anglers and special “Hikes for Tykes” routes for kids. Author Mary Ellen Gilliland and a team of trail researchers hiked, snow-shoed and skied the Eagle County trails in 2011 to create the new book. They shot new color photos and checked routes for updated color maps.Gilliland, a historian-hiker who has written 10 area books including “The New Summit Hiker,” weaves the history of each trail into The Vail Hiker’s narrative. She highlights wildflowers specific to each trail. Each hike description offers a topographic map, photo and trail statistics such as elevation gain, distance and difficulty rating.”Best Summit Hikes in Colorado” is a collection of the finest non-technical summits in the state. From lofty 14,000 foot summits to lower elevation, lesser-known gems, this books covers in detail all the great hikes, scrambles and adventures in the Rocky Mountains. Each hike is written in a lively voice and comes with a detailed map, gear adviser and optional routes to add more mountaintops to your day.Boulder based author James Dziezynski has climbed more than 600 summits in the state of Colorado and has taken his mountaineering to such exotic locations as Greenland, Antarctica, the Canadian Rockies, Iceland and the high Arctic. One of the bestselling guidebooks in Colorado, the seconnd edition of “Best Summit Hikes in Colorado” will be available in September.In “The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures & Connect Kids to Nature,” travel writer and seasoned camper Helen Olsson shares the lessons she’s learned over the years with camping with her family. In an authoritative, yet humorous style, Olsson guides parents to the different camping activities they can do with their children, from infants to teenagers. Not to be missed are Olsson’s tips and tactics for motivating young hikers on the trail. Parents and children will learn about campfire safety, sun protection, first aid and innovative ways to roast marshmallows over an open fire.Olsson is a freelance travel and skiing writer and a contributor to the New York Times Travel and Escapes sections, where she writes about family outdoor and adventure travel. Among the camping trips she’s chronicled for the Times are llama-trekking in Colorado’s backcountry and a canoe-and-kayak trip in the Niobrara River Valley of Nebraska -both taken with three children under nine.

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