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Falcon's Interactive Guides to Hiking, Climbing, and Cooking

FalconGuides just announced the first 12 titles in a new line of interactive outdoor guides the company developed in partnership with Inkling, a platform for interactive learning.

For the price of the download, readers get expert content optimized for iPhone, iPad, and Web, with features that bridge the gap between apps and ebooks: slideshows with high-res images not found in the print editions, guided visual tours, hyperlinks, and smart search that makes it quick and easy to get to the information you need, from a list of dog-friendly hikes to a river name. Hiking guide users can give tips to other readers and share trail notes on washed out bridges, best photo ops, bees nests to watch out for, or anything else. An animal tracks feature lets you click through a series of questions that narrows down which animal tracks you’ve spotted based on pattern, shape, and size. Rock climbing instructional guides have stop-motion animation illustrating specific techniques.


“We are proud at FalconGuides to be the trusted source for the best outdoor recreation information in any format,” said company President James Joseph. “The world of published content is rapidly changing with new technology and consumers who expect and deserve more. Through Inkling’s expertise ... the outdoor enthusiast is given a truly unique and interactive experience.”

Falcon’s initial launch includes some of its most popular titles, including: Trail Tested by Justin LichterHiking Acadia National Park, Hiking Colorado, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Hiking Shenandoah National Park, Hiking Yellowstone National Park, Hiking Yosemite National Park, How to Rock Climb!, Training for Climbing, Hiking Grand Canyon National Park, Trail Tested, Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’, and Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The guides are optimized for iPad but also work on iPhone or on a computer with Safari or Google Chrome browsers. Sorry Android users. Available now, $15-$19, at and

—Berne Broudy

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