If your hiking photos are like mine, they could be better. When I look around the walls of my apartment and see the best of my pictures hanging there, I often wonder if they captured what it was I wanted to see. There are a few… Read More
    Among the variety of benefits conserved land provides to the public, especially hikers, access to hiking trails is one of the most visible. Trails are one of the first pieces of infrastructure that most land trusts build to allow visitors to enjoy their property. To hikers, more miles… Read More
    The winter of 2010-11 has been one to remember. If you had a list that determines the measure of a winter, every item on it would have been checked off halfway through this season. Low temperatures? Check. Short days, long nights? Check. Major weekly snowfall? Check and double… Read More
    One of the beauties of cross-country skiing is its low cost, especially when compared to Alpine or lift-serviced skiing. For less than the price of a pair of Alpine boots you can buy cross-country skis, poles, bindings and boots. And you never have to buy a lift ticket… Read More
    If you want to learn the techniques and skills to lead people safely into the outdoors for adventure, you need to go to school. In Maine, that education takes place in a locale that’s rich in natural resources, just made for adventure. There are rivers, lakes… Read More
    Never one to let a blue-sky day go to waste by staying inside, I got out on the cross-country skis last Sunday. I picked a place I usually visit in winter, the Wildlands, in Orland, of the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. It’s a special little conservation property… Read More
    Winter in Maine is made for traveling across the landscape. Snow covers terrain features like boulders, roots and rocks, actually making foot travel easier than in summer. Easier, that is, as long as … Read More
    Every year when I set out on my traditional New Year’s hike up Cadillac Mountain, one thing’s for certain: It’s never the same as the year before, or any other year for that matter. It has been … Read More
    Every year when I set out on my traditional New Year’s hike up Cadillac Mountain, one thing’s for certain: It’s never the same as the year before, or any other year for that matter. It has been … Read More
    At some point today, Christmas Day, I’ll be asked the question, “How was your year?” It will be posed by one of the relatives at our family gathering. At first I’ll give my usual answer, … Read More
    When I pulled up to the gate at Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park last Saturday, I placed my permit for winter camping on the dash of the truck, hoisted my backpack and walked up the path … Read More
    Jon Tierney’s interest in climbing mountains started when he was a kid growing up in Claremont, N.H. “I was first intrigued by climbing as a youngster. My parents gave me a lot of freedom to … Read More
    I took one look at the top of Big Moose Mountain last Sunday and figured I needed a Plan B if I wanted to hike. The 3,196 foot summit’s final 300-400 feet was encased in an ugly gray cloud. Now, … Read More