Plan & Go | Trans-Catalina & Backbone Trails

All you need to know to complete two long-distance trails through Southern California’s coastal Mediterranean climate
Plan & Go | Trans-Catalina & Backbone Trails

Author: Sam Ward
Publisher: Sandiburg Press
Series: Plan & Go Hiking

ISBN: 978-1-943126-08-8
Pages: 166
Retail price: $15.95

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Plan & Go | Trans-Catalina & Backbone Trails is the definitive guide to hiking two of Southern California’s most remarkable backcountry trails. In a clear and concise manner, the book illustrates the highlights and unique characteristics of both the Trans-Catalina Trail and the Backbone Trail. It provides details on all essential trip planning topics to save you time and effort with your own preparations. Supported by step-by-step instructions and first-hand recommendations, you will be well-equipped and feel more confident about leaving the metropolitan hustle and bustle behind to experience nature at its best.

The book provides answers to the following questions (and more):

  • When is the best time to go?
  • How many days should I spend?
  • What are my camping options?
  • What kind of gear works best?
  • How do I prepare for each trail?
  • Where to resupply food & water?
  • How do I get there and back?

In addition, Plan & Go | Trans-Catalina & Backbone Trails offers practical advice on athletic training, which food to pack and in what quantities, how to select appropriate gear, and various other essentials for each trail. The book further includes relevant overview maps of the trails and comprehensive campsite listings to help you create itineraries that best suits your personal preferences. The wealth of facts and figures is topped off with two candid and inspiring accounts of the author’s back-to-back journeys across Santa Catalina Island and the Santa Monica Mountains.

About the Author

In addition to hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail and Backbone Trail twice each, Sam Ward has backpacked over 7,000 miles along the Appalachian Trail (2008), Pacific Crest Trail (2011), and Continental Divide Trail (2015), aka the Triple Crown, as well as many more as a weekend warrior. He works as an environmental engineer and lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

1. Summary of the Challenge
___a. Requirements
___b. Time
___c. Budget
2. What to Expect – Trans-Catalina Trail
___a. Trails & Navigation
___b. Points of Interest
___c. Weather
___d. Camping
___e. Water
___f. Flora & Fauna
___g. Safety
___h. Other Conditions
3. What to Expect – Trans-Catalina Trail
___a. Trails & Navigation
___b. Points of Interest
___c. Weather
___d. Camping
___e. Water
___f. Flora & Fauna
___g. Safety
___h. Other Conditions
4. Long Lead Items
___a. Permits
___b. Hiking Partner
___c. Travel Arrangements
___d. Accommodations
5. Planning & Preparation
___a. Itinerary
___b. Food
___c. Resupply
___d. Training
6. Gear
___a. Clothing
___b. Hiking
___c. Sleep System
___d. Food & Water
___e. First Aid
___f. Personal Care
___g. Other Essentials
7. Personal Experience
___a. Plan
___b. Go
___A. Sample Itineraries
___B. TCT Planning Tools
___C. BBT Planning Tools
___D. Mileage Data Tables
___E. Checklists
___F. Food Suggestions
___G. TCT Trail Expansion Program
___H. Contact Information
___I. Links & References
___J. List of Abbreviations
About the Author
Special Thanks