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PostMon Dec 29, 2003 9:45 pm 
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Like Karen I too have some fond memories of Bob.  When my family first joined the Mountaineers back in the early 70's Bob was leading a serious of backpacks into the Olympics and we went on several of those.  Bob was very willing to pass on his knowledge and was very kind to my daughters who were then about 9 & 10 years old.  My family poured over his guide book and we hiked many of the trails.  Bob's written words made those trails come alive in great detail.  We hauled his guide book all over the Olympics.  I feel we've lost a friend.
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PostTue Dec 30, 2003 10:56 am 
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MooseAndSquirrel wrote:
I've never heard a bad word said about him, except from his cranky ex-partner Manning

(him=Ira Spring)

Hey! I just want to be counted as a cranky-Manning fan. Love his cantankerousness, and his practical and down-to-earth take on the world (and the mountains).

And another cranky writer I appreciate is Karen Sykes. Thanks, Karen.

I'm not familiar with Robert Woods, as I don't go to the Olympic Peninsula. I'll be checking out his books, though, thanks to this thread.
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PostTue Dec 30, 2003 11:09 am 
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Tsolo wrote:
I'd like to add that both of Bob's historical books are well worth reading --
Across the Olympic Mountains : the Press Expedition, 1889-90; and Men, Mules, and Mountains : Lieutenant O'Neil's Olympic Expeditions.

It's really mindboggling to realize from today's perspective what the early explorers went through a century ago when they first ventured into the Olympics, with minimal gear, no maps, and little other than their determination to get them through.

Those are two of my favorite books on the Northwest especially the Press expedition. It also is one of the funniest reads around. Everytime I pass the Elwah I think about those guys trying to go up it in a boat built on site without scouting. It boggles the imagination. clown.gif

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PostWed Dec 31, 2003 4:58 pm 
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I think Robert Wood took the climbing course at Olympic College in the 50's.  As I recall I think he was a court recorder at the time.  He also as stated in the preface of his Olympic Hiking Guide went on summer  outings in the Olympics with Olympic College back in that same era.  I believe that he has some first assents in the Olympics.

I enjoyed reading his books and have a well used hiking guide of his that I still refer to often.

He will be missed.

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PostFri Jan 02, 2004 8:27 pm 
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Article in the Bremerton Sun    Jan 1, 2004

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PostSat Jan 24, 2004 12:08 pm 
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Was going thru my books today and found I had 2 copies of his book. An older one and a newer one. Funny, I wasn't surprised.

I don't know what I have, but I probably have it.

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PostSun Aug 23, 2020 11:10 pm 
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I'm an avid reader of all of Bob Wood's Olympic Mountains Trail and history books and was thrilled to see the Fourth Edition of Olympic Mountains Trail Guide is going to be released on September 15, 2020.


Here's the press release from Mountaineers Books:


The most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Olympics, first published more than 35 years ago

Sales of this new edition benefit Olympic Mountain Rescue


Olympic Mountains Trail Guide is a treasured, classic guidebook to one of the region’s top hiking destinations. Reading Bob Wood’s text is like having an old friend describe last weekend’s hike to you. Wood passed away in 2003 but Bill Hoke, Doug Savage, and volunteers from the Peninsula Wilderness Club picked up the reins to do a thorough update.

Every trail has been rehiked and fact checked. Every new trailhead or rerouted path is documented in the descriptions, and 30 all-new trails have been added, bringing the total number of hikes to 206 within Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. But Wood’s voice and even his original overview maps have been retained, lending this edition a classic tone while the information is decidedly current.

You can pre-order a copy for $24.95 plus shipping.

https://www.mountaineers.org/books/books/olympic-mountains-trail-guide-4th-edition-national-park-and-national-forest
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PostTue Aug 25, 2020 10:42 pm 
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Yahoooo! This is the most beautifully written guidebook anywhere, ever. I also have a rare copy of his original Trail Country. Mr Wood's writing was my earliest mountain inspiration--along with a 1924 copy of Tales of a Western Mountaineer by CE Rusk.
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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 1:59 pm 
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Got my copy in the mail today. Ordered it from the Mountaineers. If you order it from Amazon it says it will ship in 1 to 2 months.

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