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11/4/2017

As previously mentioned, I have completed the updated edition of Hinterlands and will soon be sending it off to the printer. Hopefully, you'll be seeing it early 2018. The new edition WILL NOT INCLUDE EVERY TRAIL IN THE CURRENT EDITION--especially detailed descriptions of trails north of the Osborne Bend Trail and trails along Hatton Ridge and Spaas Creek roads. So die-hard enthusiasts might want both editions. The new edition will of course include several new trails, along with better maps and photos, and I believe that there's enough new stuff to attract even those thoroughly familiar with the earlier editions. One trail alone features a new overlook that, in my opinion, is worth a couple of sawbucks.

Red River Gorge Trail Guide

In the 1st and 2nd editions of the Red River Gorge Trail Guide I mistakenly referred to the Whistling Arch Trail as trail #224. It is actually #234, so you may want to mark this in your older copy. Seven years after publication this is the only typo or misprint I've discovered, or that has been brought to my attention, in those early editions! All credit goes to my proofreaders and editors. I've seen major publishing companies do unspeakably worse.

I can't say the same for my later (2012) edition. To expedite the third edition I did less editing and proofreading, so don't be surprised to see more mistakes. I've already found several myself,  but I'm gambling that updated information is more important to hikers than corrected typos. One error is on page 135, in the trail directions for the Pebble Beach Trail. "See map on page 141" should read, "See map on page 143". On page 261, Highlights: should read "Beautiful stream/forest settings." You'll also find some misspellings because some idiot (me) forgot to run the spell checker, or perhaps, my "dynamic" spell checker wasn't working properly . . . like it isn't now.

Hinterlands (2007 & 2008 editions)

While updating the Hanson's Point Trail for the new edition of Hinterlands I noticed two errors in the previous edition. In the first sentence of the last full paragraph on page 147, "continues west along" should read "continues east along." Additionally, the GPS coordinates given for Hanson's Point were actually for the campsite previous to the final overlook area and should read 17S 0268801 4188719. The latter mistake shouldn't cause any serious problems, but the former one could. Sorry. The Hanson's Point Trail has become an obstacle course. Recent fires have resulted in many fallen trees and a general decline in hiking quality. The views still kill, however.

In the description to the Swift Camp Creek Overlook Trail, on page 226, "The trail going straight ahead is the Turtle Back Arch Trail. Our trail turns left" should read more like "The trail going straight ahead is the Swift Camp Creek Overlook Trail while the Turtle Back Arch Trail turns right." Or something to that effect. I must have been looking at mapping software or something instead of my notes. Or maybe I just had one too many bourbon shots that night. Sorry. As mentioned previously however. The SCCO Trail is now obliterated by deadfall. Or at least it was when I tried to hike it a few months ago. This will all be corrected (hopefully) in the new edtition of Hinterlands, and new errors will probably take their place.

Fire and subsequent erosion have made access to Indian Staircase somewhat easier than it was when Hinterlands was published. Follow directions in the book until you arrive at the small "obstacle," shown in the photo on page 161 and below, but rather than climbing the obstacle directly, move left to easier (less steep) terrain and zigag up ledges. It's less adventurous, but safer.

On page 288 (Wildcat Bonus Trail), the directions end with "map page 297." That should read "map page 298."

In Hinterlands I mentioned that I'd frequently stayed at the Red River Gorge Campground and wrote about Jim Shade (the proprietor) and his wonderful dog Wolf. Sadly, Jim is no longer with us and the last I heard, Wolf's health had necessitated a move to the city, where I can't imagine him having as much fun as he did running wild in the Red. Things change, I'm afraid, whether we want them to or not. It's a reality that I'm forced to deal with more and more every day. As Phillip Roth noted, "Old age isn't a battle, old age is a massacre." Thanks Jim and Wolf for the memories. I think of you both often. Jim's son now manages the campground, I believe, but I haven't visited it lately.

A reader pointed out a mistake in Hinterlands. It's in the Eagle Point Buttress area. It's subtle, so I won't get into details, but let me know if you have any trouble navigating in the area. I still can't believe how few mistakes have been found in my books. It's not like I do this for a living, but I see tons of mistakes in books by people who do. Credit goes to my wife and other proofreaders.

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