Articles by Brad Viles

The view from the Turtle Ridge Trail in the Nahmakanta district of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands, one of the trails I hiked this past year.

Christmas reflections on a hiking year

By Brad Viles on Dec. 23, 2011, at 5:27 p.m.
Competitors gather at ROCKFEST indoor wall climbing competition last Saturday held by the students in the Adventure Recreation and Tourism program at Washington County Community College in Calais.

ROCKFEST a hit at Washington County Community College

By Brad Viles on Dec. 16, 2011, at 1:28 p.m.

Visiting Baxter State Park in winter

By Brad Viles on Dec. 09, 2011, at 11:21 a.m.
Hikers are rewarded with this view from just below the summit of North Peak on Quaggy Jo Mountain in Aroostook State Park on a bright early November day. Echo Lake is in the foreground.

Quaggy Jo in Aroostook State Park a rewarding moderate climb

By Brad Viles on Nov. 17, 2011, at 12:47 p.m.

Lincoln Search and Rescue can be a lifesaver for climbers

By Brad Viles on Nov. 11, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.
Ron Dobra (from left), Krisdin Diehl, Ed Langlais, Janice Clain and Sherri Langlais finish loading up the cart with Diehl's camp for the summer season.

Packing out a ridge runner

By Brad Viles on Oct. 21, 2011, at 9:53 p.m.
A hiker on the trail to Mansell Mountain in Acadia takes in the fall view.

Some tips to prepare for fall hiking

By Brad Viles on Oct. 14, 2011, at 3:24 p.m.
Clouds hang around the top of Pamola Peak in this view from Basin Pond on the Chimney Pond Trail in Baxter State Park.

Chimney Pond in the rain

By Brad Viles on Oct. 07, 2011, at 5:09 p.m.

Laurie’s Ledge on Indian Mountain

By Brad Viles on Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.
Harding Pond lies at the base of Turtle Ridge in the Nahmakanta Public Lands. In the distance on the left is Whitecap Mountain. On the right is the Barren/Chairback Mountain Range.

Turtle Ridge

By Brad Viles on Sept. 09, 2011, at 10:32 p.m.
Gilbert Butler and Lisa Garvey answer questions about the proposed outdoor education center for the Katahdin area at a meeting with residents Wednesday at the River Drivers Restaurant. The new school serves school children in the region and will be called the Maine Outdoor Education Center.

Foundation proposes Katahdin region outdoor program for schools

By Brad Viles on Sept. 09, 2011, at 10:27 p.m.
The students in the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program listen to Gabe and Marcia Williamson explain Leave No Trace practices prior to the students' 8-day backpacking trip through Baxter State Park.

Developing the next generation of wilderness leaders

By Brad Viles on Aug. 12, 2011, at 2:03 p.m.
The rungs lead to the bottom of the Debsconeag Ice Caves, where snow and ice can be found all year.

Keeping it cool: Debsconeag Ice Caves

By Brad Viles on Aug. 10, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.
A few of the hikers who reached the summit gather around the summit sign on Katahdin on a perfect summit day last Tuesday.

Baxter Peak shines on a fine summer day

By Brad Viles on July 22, 2011, at 4:27 p.m.
This single pole  setup is just one of a variety of ways to rig a tarp for sleeping.

Tarp camping 101

By Brad Viles on June 24, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.
Krisdin Diehl, a ridgerunner with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, shares a laugh with unidentified hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The hikers had just forded the West Branch of the Pleasant River a few miles from Gulf Hagas, a highly visited area.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club ridge runner ambassador for Leave No Trace

By Brad Viles on June 17, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
A rhodora blossom frames the skyline of Katahdin at Martin Ponds lean-to in Baxter State Park. The lean-to is located off the Katahdin Lake Trail, an easy 2.3 mile hike over gently rolling terrain.

Martin Ponds overnight a great season opener

By Brad Viles on June 10, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
Folded granite like this rock ledge on Pemetic Mountain in Acadia National Park is evidence that the granite was once molten hundreds of millions of years ago.

Hiking through geologic time

By Brad Viles on May 27, 2011, at 5:38 p.m.
Sheep laurel grows at higher elevations like this specimen at around 2,200 feet on Pleasant Pond Mountain in Caratunk.

Spring wildflowers

By Brad Viles on May 20, 2011, at 4:12 p.m.
An unidentified hiking family tackles a rock ledge on the Great Head Trail in Acadia National Park earlier this spring. They were dressed for early spring conditions.

It’s here — spring!

By Brad Viles on May 13, 2011, at 3:59 p.m.