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BisbeestairscoverThe Bisbee Stairs: Exploring the Stairways, Trails, and Hidden Corners of Bisbee, Arizona

The Bisbee Stairs is a remarkable guide to exploring America’s most interesting small town on foot. This guide will lead you to the hidden corners of Bisbee. Along the way you’ll climb hard-to-find stairways, pass by amazing houses with wonderful yards, discover shrines, and see works of art everywhere! When you finish your walk you’ll think of Bisbee as a continuous three-dimensional folk art exhibit and find yourself wanting to come back again and again. Bisbee is that interesting!

To write this book, the author, David Ryan, made several trips to Bisbee to walk every street, most of them more than once, and climbed every stairway he found along the way. The book describes 82 stairways and mentions many others. The 82 described stairways average 78 steps. 22 of them have over 100 steps. In addition to stairways, the author shows you where to find the trailheads to continue your walk by hiking in the hills high above Bisbee.

The book’s 104 pages have over 80 photos, maps, and illustrations.

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The Gentle Art of Wandering presents an approach towards walking, hiking, and traveling that emphasizes presence and connectedness. The writer, David Ryan, encourages you to discover and enjoy everything around you when you go outdoors. The book provides many examples of how you can use the mindset of “wandering” to make your own amazing discoveries when you go out. Once you acquire this mindset you can apply it to all facets of your life and find yourself with a series of unending adventures. Continue Reading →


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Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail for the Older Adventurer is an invitation to older adventurers (late forties and up) to consider the world of long distance hiking. The book shows how long distance hiking is an accessible adventure that offers a sense of clarity and simplicity that is difficult to find elsewhere. It is based upon what the author, David Ryan, learned during his end-to-end hike of the Appalachian Trail that he completed two days after his 51st birthday. This second edition of the book has several new pages, new insights, and incorporates changes in long distance hiking that have occurred since the first edition was published ten years ago. Continue Reading →


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David Ryan is a passionate stair climber, long distance hiker, walker, wanderer, and urban explorer. He is the author of The Bisbee Stairs, The Gentle Art of Wandering, and Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail for the Older Adventurer. His blog posts on walking and wandering can be found at www.gentleartofwandering.com. He has lived in New Mexico since 1998.