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Benton Mackaye’s Appalachian Trail Essay

On the Maine Appalachian Trail

History’s Lessons for Today’s World I love the history behind the Appalachian Trail and how it came into being. It’s amazing how an army of volunteers and organizers coalesced behind Benton Mackaye’s original vision for the Appalachian Trail and established a trail …

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Trees of the Kilkenny Ridge

Gnarled Trees of the Kilkenny

I often tell people that the White Mountains are a rain forest to explain the sheer density of trees and vegetation that you find in the forests here. That is certainly the case along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail where the trees are …

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Scotland’s TGO Challenge

Ruthven Barracks at Dawn

The TGO Challenge is an annual backpacking event held in Scotland that requires participants to hike coast-to-coast across Scotland, about 200 miles in 15 days. This is very challenging because hiking across the mountain ranges and moors of Scotland is very rugged …

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Backpacking in Patagonia by Susan Alcorn

Patagonia

Patagonia — a word that conjures up images of grandeur and mystery. For hikers, backpackers, and mountaineers, the next thought is bound to be, “How do I get there?” Torres del Paine, Chile’s foremost national park, offers fantastic hiking for adventurers. Most …

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