For more than two decades, hikers have been guided through Guam’s most beautiful jungles, mountains, waterfalls, and historic and cultural sites by The Best Tracks on Guam by Dave and Bev Lotz. After selling out of several print runs of three editions of the book over the years, the authors worked with the University of Guam Press to design a new and improved fourth edition.
The edition, published by Taiguini Books, a division of UOG Press, will be released at a launch party on April 12, from 5pm to 7pm, at the newly opened Asiga café behind Oka Pay-Less in Tamuning. The café shares the name of a hike in Malojloj featured in the book.
The book is a resource for hikers, featuring detailed directions to and descriptions of 44 hiking adventures, a thorough hike-safety guide, a plant guide, and hiking tips informed by the authors’ nearly 50 years of experience hiking on Guam. The Lotzes not only documented but trailblazed many of the hikes in the book, creating the seminal hiking book on Guam that has informed other hiking texts both online and in print.
For this edition, they teamed up with adventure photographer and avid hiker Abby Crain and search and rescue firefighter Jerred Wells to update photography and trail information in the book.
This latest edition of the book is printed on durable, laminated pages and is spiral-bound so that it can serve as a field guide while on hikes.
The book also offers details on how to prepare for hikes; health and safety information including both preventative measures and field emergency responses; cultural, historical, and environmental descriptions; and much more. (PR)