azbackpackr wrote:"Though it's a Falcon Guide"?? Do you not like Falcon Guides? If not, why not, just out of curiosity? I have a bunch of them, and this GPS one sounds good too. The one for the Grand Canyon is far better than other guidebooks for the areas it covers, although it doesn't cover all areas. I have an idea for one--am thinking of writing about 1/4 of one, submitting it to see if they would be interested. (I suppose if they are not interested I could then submit to other publishers.)
I think the problem w/ Falcon guidebooks is that their standards are low. Some books are excellent (Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen
is a good example), but many of their guidebooks are filled w/ vague, unhelpful descriptions. In some cases, the books are so undescriptive they are downright dangerous. For example, Hiking Arizona
has a description for Woods Creek canyon, with no mention made of frigid pools you must swim, and a season of spring to fall.
Also, another difference is that falcon guidebooks seem utilitarian. Like they are just attempts to cash in. There are some non-Falcon guidebooks where you can tell it was a labor of love by someone consumed by hiking in a certain area. You could almost sit down and read these guidebooks like a novel, as you did with the Santa Rita guidebook. Falcon guidebooks seem very dry and sterile in comparision to these guidebooks. A really good example of this is Falcon's Hiking Arizona's Superstition and Mazatzal Country
as compared to Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness.
"Of course we weren't lost. We were merely where we shouldn't have been, without knowing exactly where that was."