Recommended Resources, Services & Products
Conservation & Hiking Organizations:
Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Responsible for maintaining, building, and protecting the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.
Appalachian Mountain Club. The northeast's "1,000lb Gorilla" of hiking clubs, the AMC has been around for over 100 years and offers hiking trips, outdoor education, and lodging in New Hampshire, Maine, and other parts of the northeast United States. The club maintains a substantial amount of trail, especially in the White Mountains.
Green Mountain Club: Protecting the Long Trail and Vermont's Green Mountains since 1910. The Green Mountain Club has retained its earthy, grassroots downhome Vermont feel while doing impressive professional conservation and trail work.
Randolph Mountain Club: RMC has been maintaining trails, campsites, cabins and lean-tos in the northern White Mountains for years. Nice, grassroots feel to this club.
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests: Protecting New Hampshire's natural landscapes since the early 1900s. Key player in establishing the White Mountain National Forest and protecting Mount Monadnock, among others achievements.
Services, Resource Guides, & Socials:
Random Group of Hikers (Meetup hiking group). My favorite hiking Meetup group. Professional, friendly, trustworthy.
Redline Guiding: Pro hiking guide service, local to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Several of my good friends work for Redline Guiding. Specializes in regular and off the beaten path adventures.
SectionHiker.com: Philip Werner's longstanding hiker's blog. Great resource for White Mountains trip reports (trails and bushwhacking), gear reviews, advice and guidance, etc, with many years of accumulated arcana.
TrailsNH.com: The ultimate trail conditions resource, TrailsNH captures "every hiking trip report, trail advisory, and forest road closing in the Northeast" drawing from hiking forums, blogs, meteorology sources, etc. Masterminded by Kimball Rexford.
Products & Retail:
New Hampshire's 52 With A View: A Hiker's Guide by Ken MacGray. The definitive guide to hiking the best sub-4K peaks in New Hampshire. Ken is also the author of the upcoming edition of the AMC's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide.
Choucas Hats: Local manufacturer of colorful and unique headwear suitable for hiking. Out of North Conway, NH.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear: Local (Biddeford, Maine) manufacturer of lightweight DYNEEMA® fabric backpacks, tents, and accessories.
Mountain Wanderer Bookstore: Physical and online store out of Lincoln, NH, run by Steve Smith, co-author of the AMC White Mountain Guide and author of The 4,000 Footers of the White Mountains.
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