Author, veteran hiker presents best hikes from updated ‘Maine Mountain Guide’
ROCKLAND — Author and veteran hiker Carey Kish will present an illustrated talk about hikes included in the new edition of the Maine Mountain Guide, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Rockland Public Library.
The Maine Mountain Guide, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club, is the only comprehensive hiking guide to the mountain trails of Maine, an essential companion for outdoor enthusiasts since 1961. This newest edition was two years in the making and has been painstakingly revised, updated and expanded by author/editor Carey Kish, who will lead audience members on a journey of discovery from Acadia National Park to Aroostook County, Maine’s White Mountains to Washington County.
Kish’s informative and entertaining talk will highlight many new hikes and the best of local hikes near Rockland, as well as some old favorites. After time for questions and answers, signed copies of the Maine Mountain Guide will be available for purchase.
The new Maine Mountain Guide includes more than 175 new trails on 50 “new” mountains, thereby increasing the remarkable variety of hiking possibilities available for every interest and ability level. In all, 625 trails are described on 300 mountains, a hiking bounty totaling close to 1,500 miles, and ranging from easy woodland walks to moderate hill climbs to strenuous mountain traverses.
Full-color topographic sheet maps covers seven popular hiking regions, while 22 topographic maps within the text complement the trail descriptions. Hikers will find the guide and maps to be an ever helpful and trusted resource, a pathway to many days of outdoor pleasure and healthful exercise on the trails through the scenic woods and mountains of Maine, according to a Rockland library news release.
Carey Kish is veteran hiker, outdoors and travel writer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide and certified funmeister. He has completed some two-dozen long distance trails in the United States, Canada and Europe, including the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (once in 1977 and again in 2015), the 1,100-mile Florida Trail in 2017, and has plans to tackle all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2019.
In addition to the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, Kish is the author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast. He is the longtime hiking and camping columnist for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and writes the outdoor adventure blog “Maineiac Outdoors” at MaineToday.com.
His writing and photos have appeared in numerous publications, most recently Activities Guide of Maine, the Maine Brew Guide, Maine Today Travel Magazine and Green & Healthy Maine Visitors Guide. Kish is currently working on two more books: Exploring Maine, One Trail at a Time, an anthology of his hiking and camping adventures over the years, plus Trails & Ales: A Hiking & Walking Guide to Maine’s Microbreweries & Brewpubs.
Kish is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, New England Outdoor Writers Association, North American Snowsports Journalists Association and New England Travel Writers Network. He lives on Mt. Desert Island with his wife, Fran Leyman.
Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland. This event is free and open to the public. FMI: 594-0310.