Tom Demund

Founder, KDF Publishing

Tom DeMund is a graduate of Stanford (albeit not recently). He is a lifetime member of the Stanford Alumni Association as well as a member of the Stanford Historical Society, the Block S Society, and the Stanford Founding Grant Society. He and his wife have been football season ticket holders for many years and have been on six international Stanford Alumni Travel trips.


The author is also a member of many environmentally oriented organizations including: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Pacific Crest Trail Association, California State Parks Foundation, Bay Ridge Trail Council, American Hiking Society, Save the Redwoods League, Northern Sierra Partnership and The Trust for Public Land.


Tom’s first venture in writing a hiking book resulted in his 2001 publication of Feather River County Adventure Trails, which described 101 hikes in California’s Plumas and Sierra Counties. In 2015, he published a fully updated sixth edition which followed on the heels of his very successful prior editions. His book has sold over 15,000 copies (certainly not Harry Potter numbers, but not bad for a hiking book) and is considered by many to be the “hiker’s bible” for hiker-friendly trails in this region of the Sierra. The author is now retired from a career in commercial/industrial investment real estate. He and his wife live in Graeagle, California (the bulls-eye of the Feather River country located 48 miles northwest of Truckee) during the summer and the rest of the year in Sausalito, California.




Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

The Bill Lane Center for the American West is dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America. The Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The Center's vision of the West extends from San Francisco Bay to the fabled 100th Meridian, from western Canada to all of Mexico, and outward to the Pacific world. We work with Stanford students, faculty, and outside partners to address the challenges facing our region.

Students from a wide variety of disciplines regularly work at the Center as research assistants and spend summers on internships from Monterey to Missoula, Yosemite to Yellowstone. These students bring their experiences and enthusiasm back to campus. The Center aims to support future leaders who are eager to put their Stanford education to work in the West. The Center is also deeply engaged in exploring digital mapping, spatial history and analysis, data analysis and visualization, multimedia storytelling, social media, and collaborative research and teaching using new digital tools.