In Trail Tales, Roger Bell brings to vigorous life his 35 years as a trailbuilder. With humor and wisdom, he confesses his misadventures as a rookie,
relives hair-rising stories from mountain tops and deserts, and spins yarns of quirky characters they met along the way.
Roger Bell, President of Bellfree Contractors, Inc., is a Board member of American Trails and the Professional Trailbuilders Association. A leader in the trails community, he frequently speaks and writes about trail issues and innovations. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Washington and lives in Redlands, California, with his wife, Carol.
“This book shows trailbuilders as they really are: part cowboy, part naturalist, part inventor, part cat (nine lives), part crazy—but mostly the best characters you could ever hope to work with.”
– Troy Scott Parker, President, Natureshape, and author of Natural Surface Trails by Design
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More Endorsements for Trail Tales by Roger Bell
“The most accurate and entertaining book about trail life available today. A ‘must read’ for all trail enthusiasts.”
– Marvin Hegge, President, Trio Construction
“Roger Bell’s Trail Tales poetically winds its way through a lifetime of working in the woods. It shares the challenges, the joys, the anguish and, of course, the humor of those whose labors of love give us great trail experiences!”
– Bob Searns, Board Chair, American Trails, and Co-author of Trails for the 21st Century
“Invite some friends to sit around the campfire, grab a beer or a cappuccino, and enjoy some laughter as you read Roger Bell’s Trail Tales! Trailbuilders will take a trip down memory lane as they laugh alongside Roger, non-trailbuilders will gain a new appreciation for the complexity of the art, as well as the fun to be had ‘along the path.’ ”
– Pam Gluck, Executive Director, American Trails
“With his new book, Trail Tales, Roger Bell has captured the spirit, adventure, and hardships of being a trailbuilder. I laughed all the way through the book, but a few of the stories also brought a tear to my eye. I have been building trails for 15 years, and I only hope to maintain the enthusiasm Roger has after his 30 plus years. Trailbuilding is the most rewarding thing I have ever done, but also by far the hardest. Trail Tales does a great job of rhyming great stories that help to portray the life of a trailbuilder.”
– Woody Keen, President, Trail Dynamics, LLC; President, Professional Trailbuilders Association; Board of Directors, International Mountain Bicycling Association