Desert Summits: A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada written by geologist Andy Zdon is the definitive guide to more than three hundred remote and diverse desert mountains in California and Southern Nevada.

Along alpine lakes and cliffs, past the bristlecone pines and herds of pronghorn antelope, across the old Pony Express trail, Nevada resident and author Bob Sumner shares his favorite scenic hikes to the highest mountain summit in each of Nevada’s 16 counties and Carson City.

“It’s hot! Take a look a this gem of a book and begin planning at least a year’s worth of day or weekend trips in and around Nevada. I can guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”

Nancy Gott, freelance writer/adjunct professor
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The classic book about fabulous Death Valley mining booms, of men and women who braved remote, wild and desolate country in the name of gold!

Ansel Adams’ story and collection of photographs about Americans interned at Manzanar War Relocation Center in Inyo County, California. Signed editions available.

Climbing Mt. Whitney

New Climbing Mt. Whitney ebook on Amazon

We’ve finally added a new ebook edition of Climbing Mt. Whitney to Amazon’s Kindle program, exclusive for three months. Anyone who purchased a hard copy of the book from Amazon can get the Kindle edition FREE! It’s not often that a guidebook author is both an expert and actually fun to read but Peter Croft […]

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A Weekend to Remember

It’s a weekend to remember in the Owens Valley with two great events worthy of mentioning. As autumn rolls north to south through the Owens Valley, the cottonwoods continue to show their brilliant orange and red leaves. With the backdrop of fall coloring the periphery of the Great Basin’s westernmost landscape, join the Eastern California […]

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Jeff and Rosy, Wheeler Camp ©2013 Wynne Benti

November, already! Time for the desert.

Fall arrived in the Eastern Sierra when the aspens began changing color from to brilliant yellow, orange, and red in mid-September, then rolled down the Sierra slopes to the Owens Valley. Now, the first week of November, the last of the cottonwoods are turning orange. The Owens Valley floor is covered with thousands of cottonwoods […]

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Roosevelt Sequoia plaque

Planted 100 years ago this month, the Roosevelt Sequoia commemorates the completion of the Westgard Pass Road

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people drive their cars through Big Pine, California, passing a tall Sequoia tree at the northern edge the of town where US-395 meets CA-168, the Westgard Pass Road over the White Mountains. The Theodore Roosevelt tree was planted 100 years ago on July 23rd to commemorate the opening of […]

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Author Andy Zdon to speak in Bishop

Andy Zdon author of Desert Summits: A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada will be the guest speaker at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s brown bag lunch on August 7, 2013 in Bishop, California. Here is the announcement from ESLT: Brown Bag Lunch Series Aquifer Modeling in the Amargosa and Death Valleys […]

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OV © 2013 Wynne Benti

White-faced Ibis & Great Egrets sighted in Bishop

This morning on our morning walk, just south of Bishop, California, headquarters for Spotted Dog Press, we saw no less than three dozen white-faced Ibis and a half dozen Great Egrets on flood-irrigated fields, sparkling beneath the new morning sun just risen above the White Mountains to the east.

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Happy Earth Day!

Here is a link to the history of Earth Day, which started in 1970, as a mass protest against the pollution of the environment. Check out the classic NBC footage of the first nationwide event which includes a warning from scientists about the “greenhouse gas effect” and warming of the planet. “It may be hard […]

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Hwy. 89 in Arizona closed due to landslide

We just found out today, that Hwy. 89 between Page and Bitter Springs has been closed indefinitely due to a landslide. This information is pertinent to readers of Grand Canyon Treks who may want to consider checking Arizona Department of Transportation’s website for updates on alternate routes.

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Updated printing of Climbing Mt. Whitney now available!

The updated printing of Climbing Mt. Whitney is now available. It includes updated permit and reservation info. This book represents years of research and experience that include input by Eastern Sierra resident and world class climber Peter Croft, Norman Clyde and a foreword by Glen Dawson, the last surviving member of the climbing party that […]

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Happy 2013: Spotted Dog Press store is up & running

Hope your holidays were peaceful and filled with joy. Here’s wishing you a happy February 2013. As of this morning (and no longer in sandbox test mode), the Spotted Dog Press online store is up and running, ready to process orders and ship your paper and ink books. At the end of last year, we […]

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