An avid hiker, runner, kayaker, cyclist, and dedicated conservationist, Craig has written about these passions for over two dozen publications and websites. An award-winning author of eight books, Craig’s latest title, Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (Mountaineers Books) was released in the spring of 2011 to help commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Act. Detailing over 100 hikes from the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge to the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge; this wonderful guidebook also has chapters on the Trapper Creek Wilderness, Portland, Vancouver-Clark County, and the Silver Star Scenic Area.

Craig first saw the Columbia River in 1980 while on a cross-country bicycle trip from the East Coast. Nine years later Washington State became his home. From Alaska to Argentina, Sicily to South Korea, Craig has hit the trail seeking wild and spectacular landscapes. He ranks Washington State among the most beautiful places on the planet and he has thoroughly hiked it, over 14,000 miles worth. And Oregon too he has spent many a mile hiking.

On the web at http://www.craigromano.com