Item description for White Mountain Guide: A Centennial Retrospective by Amc Books & Katharine Wroth...
Overview A special centennial edition of the acclaimed hiker's guide to New Hampshire's White Mountains includes dozens of trail descriptions, along with information on trip planning and safety, topographic maps, numerous never-before-published period photographs, essays on the history of conservation and recreation in the region, and more.
For 100 years, the AMC White Mountain Guide has led hikers into New Hampshire's White Mountains, a spectacular swath of wilderness located within a day's drive of New York, Boston, and Montréal. Called the oldest continuously published hiking guide in the United States by the National Outdoor Book Awards, the Guide has generated a loyal following of hikers and outdoors lovers who anxiously anticipate the publication of each new edition. In celebration of the Guide's 100th year in print, this handsome retrospective offers collectors, historians, and avid hikers an in-depth photographic record of the evolution of this “hiker's Bible” over the past century. Black-and-white historic photographs—many of which are published for the first time here—are supplemented by first-hand accounts and bring to life the people behind the Guide, who were planning and building the very trails that they later documented in its earliest editions. Beginning with the first edition and tracing the Guide's history through its current 28th edition, the Centennial Retrospective also reflects the evolution of public attitudes towards recreation, stewardship, and conservation as each successive edition of the Guide reflected changes in trail development and usage, conservation policy, and mapping technologies. A full-color insert will delight collectors with photos of every edition since 1907, providing a visual guide to the book's changes in size, page count, and cover design. White Mountain Guide: A Centennial Retrospective stands as a stunning tribute to the Guide's first 100 years.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9.25" Height: 12.25" Weight: 2.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Appalachian Mountain Club Books
ISBN 1934028088 ISBN13 9781934028087 UPC 652932039957
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A Guide to the Guide.... Mar 14, 2008
The spectacular White Mountains of New Hampshire have been drawing hikers, climbers, and interested tourists since the 1600's. It contains perhaps the most enjoyable hiking space and the largest alpine environment in the Northeast, only a day's drive from New York or Boston. Since 1907, the Appalachian Mountain Club has published a guide to those mountains. 2007's "White Mountain Guide: A Centennial Retrospective" is a celebration of what is said to be the oldest continuously published hiking guide in the United States.
"White Mountain Guide" documents the enormous amount of volunteer work that went into assembling the initial edition of the guide, and how much additional volunteer work has gone into keeping it updated over the years. The extensive trail network that provides routine access to the White Mountains has grown and changed over the years, as have the methods available to map that network with ever increasing precision. The era of digitalized maps, corrected by satellite imagery and GPS coordinates, has recently enabled a very high standard for accuracy.
The book is filled throughout with a collection of fascinating photographs of the mountains themselves and of the many people who have contributed to the guide over the years. A color insert in the middle provides a retrospective of the actual guides as they morphed in size, color, and composition over the years.
This retrospective is not the guide itself, which is available separately from the Appalachian Mountain Club. This guide to the guide will be of most interest to hiking enthusiasts and to members of the AMC, who can be justly proud of their work over the years.