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OVER THE TOP & BACK AGAIN: Hiking X the Alps
2010 Book of the Year Bronze Award
ForeWord Reviews Magazine

JOIN adventurer Brandon Wilson on another trek of discovery, as he and his wife traverse the high Alps along the Via Alpina for nearly 2000 kilometers across eight countries. Take 111 daily climbs and descents of 3000 feet or more – then add snowfields, ice, 40+ days of rain, fog, high altitude winds, deadly ticks, a mountain of cow paddies, and crying marmots – for the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you're planning your own Via Alpina trek, or just armchair hiking, you've never traveled the Alps quite like this before. A new true adventure book with photos by the author and original sketches by Ken Plumb.

The first travelog In English about hiking the Via Alpina from Trieste to Monte Carlo. Now also available for Amazon Kindle.

"My favorite kind of adventure tale...I laughed, I winced, and then I started checking to see when I was next scheduled to be anywhere near the Via Alpina.” ~ Kyle Wagner, travel editor, The Denver Post

“Marvelous account of the long hike across the roof of Europe…told with a fine eye for detail and a keen sense of humor.” ~ Royal Robbins, rock climbing pioneer

"Recommended for armchair travelers and anyone interested in hiking the Alps." ~ Library Journal

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ALONG the TEMPLAR TRAIL: Seven Million Steps for Peace

2009 Best Travel Book
Lowell Thomas Gold Award-Winner
(Society of American Travel Writers)

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Book of the Year Finalist
ForeWord Reviews Magazine

It was an idea born while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago across Spain. Two men shared a dream of trekking from Europe to the Middle East on the ultimate road trip. It just happened to coincide with a path walked by thousands of Crusaders, pilgrims and merchants during the Middle Ages, a time when wars, unforgiving weather, wild dogs, and an ever changing cast of characters tested even the toughest traveler.

As they say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Two modern-day travelers discover the truth when they take on that same ultimate challenge—to hike the Templar Trail across 11 countries and 2,600 miles to Jerusalem. Throwing themselves out into the universe with bad maps, blisters, but plenty of optimism, they face identical challenges in search of adventure, life’s meaning and lasting peace. Proving that even today, there’s nothing like a little war to shake your strongest resolve.

Now also available in a new German edition, Auf dem Templerweg, translated by Imke Healy, and for Amazon Kindle.

“Simply one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time...”  ~ Richard Bangs, adventurer, author, co-founder Mountain Travel Sobek

“More than the mere adventure of two brave men, it is a grand and noble quest for peace... Combines a marvelous sense of Zen with good humor, and his personal style makes you feel as if you were there taking part in it all...” ~ Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review

"A fascinating testimony of faith and gumption that inspired two men to take seven million steps for peace. A must read…" ~ Arun Gandhi, president, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

“A travel lodestone – a magical quest, a warts-and-all journey… This is a special book hovering above its obvious travel-shelf slot into a spot of its own.” 
~ Marilis Hornidge, Courier-Gazette, Maine

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Adventures X Africa

What does it take to follow your dream? Quite a bit if it requires traversing two continents from London to Cape Town. After their seven-month overland dream safari quickly turns into a nightmare, one couple sets off across Africaalonefrom the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the depths of war-torn Mozambique and beyond. Their immersion in the controlled chaos of African life leads from one wild, quirky, edge-of-your-seat adventure to another. This is a look at the real Africaunsanitized for your protection.

Now also available for Amazon Kindle.

"Honest, gritty and insightful. Best of all, it makes the world’s most exciting continent read just like that.”
~ John Heminway, author, No Man's Land: A Personal Journey into Africa

"Entertaining and a monument to those who would take on the challenge of land travel across one of the most dangerous, unhealthy continents in the world." ~ Heartland Reviews

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An IPPY (Independent Publisher) Award-Winner

A tenacious man, woman and their Tibetan horse dare to challenge fate and the bounds of endurance on an "impossible" 1000-kilometer Himalayan trek from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu. In the shadow of snowy Everest, they witness a Tibetan culture pushed to the edge of extinction and discover the human link connecting us all. A riveting tale of courage and survival, as well as a poignant eulogy for a vanishing Shangri-La.

Now also available for Kindle and Nook, and in a new Spanish edition, Yak Butter Blues: Una Caminata de Fe Por El Tíbet, translated by Ramon Solé and friends.

South Asia readers can also look for a special edition entitled A Tibetan Trek of Faith: Yak Butter Blues published in 2011 by Heritage Publishers, Delhi, India.

"Recommended for adventure travel and Tibetan culture collections." ~ Library Journal

“A high-altitude tale of synchronicity, divine providence, begging monks, trigger-happy Chinese soldiers and dehydration.” ~ Rebekah Scott, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Told with humor and insight, this vivid narrative allows you to vicariously experience life at true Tibetan pace, one step at a time: so close, you can almost smell the yak butter.” ~ Michael Buckley, author of Tibet: the Bradt Travel Guide

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