The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby features:

  • The rich history and future challenges facing this remote yet accessible ecosystem from Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich
  • Day hikes, bicycle rides, paddling expeditions, ski outings, and car-camping options in the region by guidebook author Craig Romano
  • A piece from Gary Snyder’s North Cascades journals
  • Profiles of people who characterize the landscape, written by the North Cascade Institute’s Christian Martin
  •  An inspirational foreword by Richard Louv
  • Inspiring color photographs from over thirty photographers, including Steph Abegg, Paul Bannick, Ed Cooper, Ethan Welty, and Art Wolfe, among others

Now available online from Mountaineers Books and in bookstores.



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William Dietrich is a career journalist, novelist, and author of Northwest environmental non-fiction on the spotted owl battle, Puget Sound, and the Columbia River. Newspaper stories included the eruption of Mount St. Helens, Hanford, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize with the Seattle Times. His non-fiction has won the Washington Governor's Award and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. His best-selling Ethan Gage adventure series has been published in 28 languages.

He was raised in Tacoma, reported from Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, and Seattle, and lives in Anacortes. Visit his website at

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Christian Martin is a freelance writer whose stories have been published in a broad range of periodicals including The Georgia Review, Sierra Magazine, Cascadia Weekly, Crosscut, Anchorage Press, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Martin specializes in outdoor writing with a focus on natural history, environmental issues, adventure travel and nature literature.

One of his ongoing projects is interviewing leading western authors such as Barry Lopez, Gretel Ehrlich, and Sherman Alexie. He also serves as communications coordinator for the North Cascades Institute. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Martin has called Bellingham home for the past fifteen years. Visit his blog at

Craig Romano is one of the most prolific trails writers in the Northwest, having authored nine books and coauthored four others. Among his published titles are Day Hiking North Cascades; Backpacking Washington; and Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington’s Last Frontier, which was recognized in 2010 by Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and State Librarian Jan Walsh as a Washington Reads book for its contribution to Washington’s cultural heritage. He lives in Skagit County with his wife, Heather, and cats, Giuseppe and Mazie. Visit his website at

Richard Louv is the author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. He is also chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and recipient of the Audubon Medal in 2008. Visit his website at