Ira Spring, a prolific photographer and hiking-guide writer and a passionate defender of wilderness, died Thursday in Edmonds, Wash., of prostate cancer. He was 84.
Spring spent much of his life tramping the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and he wrote 64 hiking guides. The photos he took of the Cascade and Olympic ranges filled many of those books and also appeared in magazines such as Time, Life, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and the Saturday Evening Post.
The guides that Spring wrote, often with co-author Harvey Manning, were considered by many outdoor enthusiasts to be the most accurate and well-written in the region.
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