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Article on Charlie and Diane Wingers' Sand Dunes Guide

August 25 2003 at 10:04 AM
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Here's a article on Highpointers Charlie and Diane Winger's book on the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado:

The just-released publication - "The Essential Guide to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve” - is a 240-page beauty, written by the husband-wife tandem of Charlie and Diane Winger and published by the Colorado Mountain Club Press in Golden. It's one of those rare guides that is both attractive and informative, and it does a splendid job of reflecting the area's dramatic natural diversity.

"I don't know where else you'd find all that variety - from high fourteeners and tundra to the tallest sand dunes in North America," says Diane Winger. "There are all these different ecosystems and all this different kind of scenery. There's something for any taste you might have."
The Wingers made several dozen visits to the dunes, often staying for four or five days at a time. They walked "hundreds of miles" on the area's trails, slept beneath the stars out on the dunes, (barely) navigated some rugged four-wheel-drive routes, gloried in the views from backcountry campsites, visited groves of ponderosa pines that had been "culturally peeled" (of their bark) by Ute Indians decades ago and generally got to know the expansive place from the ground up.
The book is much more than a just-the-facts publication, though. The Wingers share tips derived from their own firsthand experiences exploring the dunes region - and they're not afraid to inject a little levity and life into the information-laden text (the couple gives thanks to the dunes' staff for its tireless fact-checking).

Books By Charlie and Diane Winger

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