Appalachian Trail books, hiking and travel advice
  • The mysterious ‘Hermit of Monson’ may have smuggled opium out of Maine in the 1920s

    Today’s Bangor Daily News ran a marvelous article about the mysterious Jim Whyte and his lurid career.

    To be sure, the man lived a swashbuckling life from beginning to end.

  • Goodreads Giveaway for “Hermit” Ends 8/28 — enter now!

    The first print run of Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte sold out quickly. The good news for you is that I saved eight copies to create a Goodreads Giveaway.

    But you don’t have long to enter, so do it now!

  • A Section Hiker’s Guide to the Hundred Mile Wilderness

    The northernmost stretch of the Appalachian Trail winds 114 miles from the last trail town Monson, Maine to the summit of Katahdin. Over the years this remote section has acquired the name “Hundred Mile Wilderness.”

    Here are some tips for planning a trip through this special place.

  • Special Announcement — Three days in and second printing is already underway

    “Hermit” is off to an incredible start and the bookstores haven’t even received their shipments yet! I am thankful for the great reception and positive comments. They mean so much.

    There’s still time to place an order from the first printing, but they’re going quickly. You can order signed or unsigned copies …

  • New Trail Alert

    On August 3, 2019, the state of Oregon will open a new stretch of trail from Wyeth State Park to Lindsey Creek, marking a significant milestone in their effort to create a hiking and cycling trail connecting Troutdale to The Dalles. The trail retraces the original scenic highway that was partially destroyed in the construction of Interstate 84 to provide safe hiking and biking through the gorge while allowing spectacular views along the way.