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PCT: Oregon is Getting Real

By on April 20, 2016

For the last three years, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon has existed largely as countless electronic files: Word docs for the manuscript, GPX files for map tracks, Photoshop and Illustrator files for maps and elevation profiles, digital photos, etc. Well now, the guidebook is taking a turn into the physical world.

Today I received the galley and art proofs from the publisher—a stack of nearly 300 loose pages representing (almost) everything that will be appearing in the guidebook. I can now see how the pages will be loosely formatted (albeit minus any artwork), with type treatments, menus, theme colors and sidebars. After all that work, all that hiking, and all that writing, it’s pretty exciting to see it in this stage. For the first time, it actually feels “real,” that it is becoming a thing. It’s at a point now where I can begin to visualize how it will come together in its final form, in a complete publication that PCT hikers will soon be able to start using for their own PCT adventures.

Over the next couple weeks, the task at hand will be to meticulously pore over every page of the manuscript, while checking against the map and elevation profile samples to ensure that the copious amount of trail information gathered for this guide transitioned smoothly into its new form. That means matching every mile marker, every campsite, every water source, every detail… all over again. But as I now feel like I know Oregon’s PCT like the back of my hand, I anticipate that it will be an easy, and quite fun, task to revisit—especially now that I have physical copies to correlate to each other. When finished, it’s back to the publisher for the final production preparation.

After a few delays during the copy editing phase, the on-shelf date has been pushed to November 2016, but that still leaves plenty of time for you to pick up a copy to start planning your 2017 PCT hike. Stay tuned for further updates as production continues…

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