Author Event & Book Signing with Debra Van Winegarden & Thomas Holt Ward

Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Debra has been hiking wild landscapes her entire life. As a child, she camped in Yosemite every summer and climbed Half Dome at age fourteen. Each year she went on eight-day, eighty-mile backpacks in the Sierra Nevada with her family. The discipline of recording field notes led naturally to publishing 80 hiking columns in The Durango Herald. Her desire to document our ever-changing planet is manifest in her blog, Earthline: The American West, established in 2014. Debra wrote the hiking descriptions for this guidebook. Professionally, Debra was an environmental science and patent law librarian (MA, University of California, Berkeley). Following that, she earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology and established a therapeutic practice. She had the most fun driving crowded ski buses in treacherous conditions in Crested Butte. Debra lives in Durango.

Thomas has been an amateur photographer since he converted the family’s downstairs half-bath into a darkroom at age twelve. He was also the earliest of adopters in digital photography and wrote his own digital image processing programs before any were commercially available. After discovering hiking and backpacking in college, exploring wilderness became another life-long pursuit. After meeting Debra, his computer skills were instrumental in setting up and maintaining her blog while also accompanying her on their shared adventures. His trusty battle-hardened Jeep has also provided access to the most remote of trailheads. Thomas wrote the introductory chapters and the photo captions for this guidebook. Professionally, Thomas was a computer programmer throughout his life, specializing in real-time device drivers. He holds a BA in Linguistics from Pomona College in Clairemont, CA

Event address: 
Durango Public Library
1900 E 3rd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
La Plata Mountains: Comprehensive Guide to Peaks and Trails By Debra Van Winegarden, Thomas Holt Ward, Lisa Snider (Designed by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9798218365172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: High Places Press - March 1st, 2024