North Cascades Now Available!

Breathe. The atmosphere seems tangible. Blue haze emphasizes the protective envelope of gases keeping us alive. Clouds slide overhead as if blown along a sheet of glass. The sun is brassy, and at night Kerouac’s “sizzling stars” are almost touchable.
—William Dietrich
The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, a new large-format photography book by William Dietrich, is now available from Braided River. You can find The North Cascades at bookstores throughout the country, or online through The Mountaineers Books.

About the Book

Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich takes us on an imaginary hike through the region, explaining the rich history and future challenges facing this remote yet accessible ecosystem, while guidebook author Craig Romano details day hikes, bicycle rides, paddling expeditions, ski outings, and car-camping options in the region. Gary Snyder shares a piece from his North Cascades journals. Profiles of people who characterize the landscape, written by the North Cascade Institute’s Christian Martin, an inspirational foreword by Richard Louv, and inspiring color photographs by the likes of Steph Abegg, Paul Bannick, Ed Cooper, Ethan Welty, and Art Wolfe, among others, bring the region to life.

About the Project

Braided River's Crown of the Continent integrated media campaign includes a book, website, event tour, and media outreach featuring the authors and stunning images of over 30 contributing photographers. Our campaign addresses the connected issues of population growth, over-consumption, environmental degradation, and biological limits, and provides advice about what we can do as individuals to protect our natural environment against these threats. This project helps people to better understand the ecological importance of the North Cascades, not as a series of separate parks and wilderness areas, but as an integrated ecosystem. It draws attention to the many reasons that the ecological integrity of this area must remain intact and highlights the need for strong policies to protect and enhance this ecosystem and preserve biodiversity.