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Navigation and Trip Planning

What is Height of Land?

Height of land example

The navigation term Height of Land is a phrase you’ll often encounter when reading hiking trip reports, trail descriptions, or guidebooks. But it’s very difficult to get a clear definition of what it means unless you ask someone who knows. Height of land is used to mean a local high point …

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Fording a River

Fording a River

Here’s a great sequence of photos that illustrates good river crossing technique. The two gentlemen pictured here are a father and son, named John and Matt, that I met on my 100 mile wilderness hike on the Maine Appalachian Trail last month. John is a carpenter by trade who lives …

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