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Flag on Mount Moosilauke Exceeds 100,000 Unique Readers Per Month

It’s been a big year at, which has now exceeded 115,000 unique readers per month as measured by Quantcast, a web traffic auditing company. I never imagined that the SectionHiker audience would grow this big and I’m especially grateful to my long time readers who have tagged along with me on this journey. While much of SectionHiker’s […]

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Hiking Guidebook Authors Guest Post Series

Hiking Guidebook Author Guest Post and Raffle Series

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be hosting a 3 week guest post series featuring thirteen of the best hiking guidebook authors in the business. These series have become a tradition on when I’m “out of the office” on long backpacking trips and this one will run through June 27th, while I’m hiking the White Mountain Challenge in New […]

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Blogging Naked

What Will Happen to Philip Werner?

On July 5, 2010, I walked into my manager’s office and quit. He never saw it coming. I’d just come back from a 3 week backpacking trip hiking coast-to-coast across Scotland. Going for a long walk helped me realize how unhappy I was at work and how good it was to get away from it. Working […]

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Bill Donovan on Southwest Twin Mountain

Why We Lead Hikes

Being a volunteer hiking or backpacking leader takes a lot of work. You need to reserve a day months in advance, plan a trip, advertise it, screen the people who want to come, get everyone to show up on time, make sure everyone sticks together and has fun during the hike, and gets back to […]

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Wild River Wildernes, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Where is the Wilderness?

The world became alarmingly smaller when I discovered I had cell phone service in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness. You have mail!  I immediately regretted turning my phone on. That was two summers ago. When I’d first hiked this remote section of the Appalachian Trail a few years earlier, I’d been warned not to expect any cell […]

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