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Great Hikes in Southern Vermont

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ISBN 10: 0966364139 / ISBN 13: 9780966364132
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Title: Great Hikes in Southern Vermont

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Great Hikes in Southern Vermont offers a unique, new, user-friendly format that makes hiking a more pleasurable experience. Rather than a book, which is cumbersome to use on the trail, this is a set of individual "hiking cards". Each colorful and graphically pleasing card combines trail map, route description, elevation gains, level of difficulty, historical notes, best picnic spots, explanation of mountains seen from overlooks, directions to trailhead and much more. The cards come with a clear, protective map-carrier that can be worn around your neck or carried in a pocket of your pack for quick reference. Carry just a single card with you for more information than most books have to offer. Hikes are selected for great views and interest. They are suitable for novice and serious hikers alike, and make great gifts or souvenirs.

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I started hiking late in life, after moving to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. When I met some women who were hiking NH's highest peaks, not knowing anyone else, I joined the group. It was a case of love at first hike. I loved the beauty, the camaraderie, the physical exertion, and the exaltation of relaxing on top of a summit gazing down on the awe-inspiring landscape.

When my husband and I went to England for a wedding, we continued on to the Lake District for some hiking. While rambling, I noticed that many hikers wore clear map carriers around their necks to hold their trail maps. It seemed like a brilliant idea - so much easier than having to get a book out of a pack or unfolding a large map, then finding the right page or place. But why not include more information than just a map? So it was at a lovely inn on Lake Windemere that the idea for Great Guides was formulated.

The next year was spent on design and production - hiking the trails while dictating descriptions and trail notes, learning how to use graphics software and a scanner, working with a graphic designer to perfect the "look", deciding what information to include. Because I started hiking later in life, my priorities were different from most writers of guides who had trekked the wilds most of their lives. I wanted to know where the best picnic spots were, where you could find wild blueberries, where the last good toilet was, something of the history and geology of the area, and what other peaks you saw from the overlooks. I learned from the trip to England that when you only had a few days to hike in an area, reading through a book with many dozens of hikes, some good and some boring, was a real chore. I felt that a smaller selection of dependably great hikes, geographically dispersed with different lengths and levels, would be easier to deal with.

Great Hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire became available July 1998. The response from users was so positive, that the next year was spent creating similar guides for Central New Hampshire and Vermont. There are now five guides available in the Great Hikes series by Great Guides for Outdoor Fun. Stay tuned for future publications.

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