60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, hikes near Boston, Massachusetts hiking

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston: Third Installment

I've had a minor epiphany regarding the 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston book I am revising. The last element of each hike profile is a Nearby Attractions—other things to do and see nearby, restaurants, things like that. This is a Boston book, my friends....

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Best Tent Camping: New Jersey, Matt Willen, High Point State Park

Camping in New Jersey’s High Point State Park

This fall, I began working on my next guidebook project, the second edition of Best Tent Camping: New Jersey. The first edition of the book was written by Marie Javins, who no longer lives in the Northeast. Given my close proximity to New Jersey, Menasha Ridge...

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#OptOutside, REI, Menasha Ridge Press #OptOutside,

Spending Thanksgiving on the Trails

Last week, we shared how Menasha Ridge Press will #OptOutside on Black Friday by shutting down our website for the day while we all spend time outdoors. We invited our authors to join us, REI, and other industry leaders and were met with a resounding...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, hikes near Boston,

The Second 5: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston

Hold onto your hats, folks! We're deep into the double digits of updating 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston. Only (involuntary shudder) 50 more to go! Hike #6 - Callahan State Park Callahan State Park is a huge place. It’s actually set up like two separate parks, with...

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#OptOutside, REI, anti-Black Friday, Wilderness Press, Menasha Ridge Press

Join Menasha Ridge Press and #OptOutside This Black Friday

Black Friday: once a day filled with leftovers and friends and lounging on the couch, it has morphed into a bloodbath full of stampeding shoppers fighting over Furbys (or whatever is this year's hottest toy). Last year, REI took a stand against the increasingly oppressing consumerism...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg, Matt Willen, hikes near Harrisburg,

Hit the Trails Near Harrisburg This Weekend

Fall is here, the leaves are changing, and the weather is crisp. The polls are in and voters say it is the best time of year to get out hiking. These hikes around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are excellent for viewing fall scenery, though they are also great...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, hikes near Boston,

The First 5: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston

So after I signed the contract to revise 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Boston, it really began to sink in. It was a little overwhelming, but also kind of exciting. I knew the process would lead me to all sorts of cool new spots—and...

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Meeting Nimblewill Nomad in the Ouachita Mountains

[caption id="attachment_4039" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jim Warnock and Nimblewill Nomad, both Menasha Ridge authors, meet in the Ouachitas.[/caption] Would I like to schedule a book signing in Northwest Arkansas on October 22 or drive into the Ouachita Mountains and meet Nimblewill Nomad? The answer was easy! Saturday...

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Lafe Low, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England, Boston hiking

The Down and Dirty of Writing a Hiking Guidebook

Last week, we posted about how we’re going to follow along as Lafe Low updates 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston. But before we start sharing snippets of photos and stories from Lafe’s hiking adventures, he wants to share with us why he enjoys walking in the woods with...

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