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November 2014: Death Valley National Park, CA
Death Valley’s Wandering Rocks Explained
Scientists recently solved the mystery of Racetrack Playa’s moving stones.
October 2014: White Mountains, NH
Steve Smith, 60, of Lincoln, New Hampshire, owns The Mountain Wanderer (a specialty map and guidebook shop) and co-authored the AMC’s White Mountain Guide, which details 1,420 trail miles—all of which Smith has hiked, making him one of about 20 people to have “red-lined” the entire guide. Get his top tips on exploring New England’s biggest alpine zone. PLUS: Our expert’s favorite books for learning more about the White Mountains.
July/August 2014: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN
Daniel Pauly, 47, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, wrote a guidebook for the area after he spent the past two decades exploring the 1,500 miles of canoe routes and portages. “I’ve covered pretty much all it,” he says. Grab your paddle to explore a watery wilderness where solitude reigns. PLUS: Pauly’s must-read list for the area.
June 2014: Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks
Expert Mike White’s Reading List
Mike White, 61, of Reno, NV wrote two guidebooks about the SEKI area and has personally hiked every trail in both parks. Here’s what’s on his local-reading bookshelf.