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Date Posted: 09:35:46 05/03/02 Fri
Author: Tramper Al
Subject: Re: New England Guide Books
In reply to: AaronG 's message, "New England Guide Books" on 03:10:48 05/03/02 Fri

Welcome to a new corner of the world.
The basic bible for the White Mountains is something called the "White Mountain Guide", published by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). It contains maps and descriptions of just about every trail of significance in the National Forest. With it you can plan your hikes very well. There are other volumes for Southern NH and Maine which are similar. For Vermont, the GMC publishes "Day hiking guide to Vermont" These are trail guides, and not flowery descriptions of what you'll see when you go.
If you prefer prose descriptions of defined hikes, I might suggest the "50 hikes" series of books. One is available for each NE state, 2 for NH. The 50 hikes typically range from short day walks to multiday backpacks.
For book browsing in town, I would recommend Wilderness Bob's on Comm Ave and EMS across the street. The AMC store on Joy Street also has a pretty good selection of books to browse.
Hope that helps.
- Tramper Al.
>Fantastic site, Mohamed!
>Recently moved out here from CA and I am looking
>forward to exploring the region. For CA, I have
>several good guide books that list area hikes. I'm
>looking for something similar for the NE region. I
>would like something that covers everything from 1-day
>early-season conditioners to 50 milers. My favorite
>from CA, would give 3 versions of the same 19 mile
>trail, one-day/strenuous, two-day/moderate, and
>four-day/leisurely. The forums are great, but the
>books give me something to do on the T. I have heard
>that New England Hiking by M. Lanza is good, and can
>order it online but haven't found it on a shelf to
>look before leaping. Anybody familiar with this one,
>or have a better suggestion. (I'm in Boston)
>It is not the same to talk of Bulls as it is to be in
>the bull-ring

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