In High Places with Henry David Thoreau

In High Places with Henry David Thoreau

by John Gibson


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Hiking routes let you explore the same areas of MA, NH, and ME that Thoreau explored.

This is the essential guide for modern-day walkers and hikers eager to retrace Thoreau’s routes on New England’s peaks. Insights about Thoreau’s mountain journeys, excerpts from his trip narratives, detailed topographical maps, and precise trail directions pave the way—figuratively—for hikers who want to cover the same ground that Thoreau explored in the mid-19th century. With this inventive guide in hand, history and literature buffs and outdoors enthusiasts alike can enjoy a dozen hikes and at least as many stories of what the trails were like in Thoreau’s day.

Thoreau was drawn to these high places because they are the natural world amplified, the world thrust upward. Not to go there was unthinkable. “We must go out and re-ally ourselves to Nature every day,” he wrote in 1856. “I am sensible that I am imbibing health when I open my mouth to the wind...Alone in distant woods or fields, I come to myself, I once more feel myself grandly related, and that cold and solitude are friends of mine.”

John Gibson is the author of several books, including Explorer’s Guides 50 Hikes in Coastal and Southern Maine and Weekend Walks along the New England Coast (both Countryman). He lives in Hallowell, ME.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581571967
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Edition description: First
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 763,855
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Writer and outdoorsman John Gibson has been hiking the hills of Maine and northern New England for more than forty years. He is the author of 50 Hikes in Coastal & Inland Maine, Weekend Walks Along the New England Coast, Walking the Maine Coast, Maine's Most Scenic Roads, and Go Light. He lives in Hallowell, Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Preface: Thoreau in the Mountains 15

1 Mount Washington (West): The Southern Presidentials 33

2 Mount Greylock 55

3 Katahdin 67

4 Pack Monadnock: In the Wapack Range 87

5 Grand Monadnock (East) 99

6 Wachusett Mountain 109

7 Wantastiquet (Chesterfield) Mountain 119

8 Mount Kineo 129

9 Red Hill 145

10 Mount Washington (East) 155

11 The Northern Presidentials and Mount Lafayette 171

12 Grand Monadnock (Southwest) 183

Afterword and Sources 193

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