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Picture of the productThe Compleat Ambler - Hardback
Most hiking guides are about the where and how of hiking; The Compleat Ambler is a guide to the why and what. It is the culmination of the author's over twenty years of observation, research, and writing about the natural world that surrounds us. It is a seasonal roadmap of discovery - about the history, lore, fables, and superstitions that surround us at every step. And more than that, it is a prescription to escape from the physical concrete of the cities and the mental entrapment of electronics in a renaissance of spirit outside in the wind and the rain. The intent is to inculcate an understanding of ecology, how everything fits together in interdependence. This then leads to where humans fit in, and to the necessity of balancing our needs with the physical limitations of our one and only home. If enough younger people come to appreciate the delicate balance of what evolution created for us to enjoy, they will vote to save it, for all of our sakes. Philosophically, this book is intended to be what Isaac Walton's classic The Compleat Angler was to fishing; the result of a long period of learning about the hiking world of the outdoors and a desire to share the knowledge thus acquired with the like-minded. Over the course of the last twenty-five years, a generation has come and gone; where there were few there now are many. Young people have returned to the forests and mountains in what may well be a diaspora, a break from the past toward a new future; every generation seeks its own path. These young adults are evident everywhere, hiking in ones, twos, and dozens in the newfound freedom absent the devices of connectivity. This book is for them. It goes beyond the physical mechanics and the details of boots and packs to the marvel of what nature has to offer - flora, fauna, fungi, and fossils. It is equally for those retired from the paycheck continuum of all work and no play seeking a new start; there is nothing better than nature's canvas of greens and browns with a splash of red now and then. The mental and physical health of those who walk in the woods is here, a tonic for the ready, willing, and able.
The format is seasonal with bookends. The narrative begins with the thesis that hiking and human health are quid pro quo from an evolutionary perspective with a codicil example of what nature can provide as insight - 'the weed that killed Lincoln's mother.' Starting in the spring as any awakening must, the sequence follows the progression of the seasons with three chapters for each season thematically germane to that time and place - birds of summer, fruits of fall, and rocks of winter. The last two chapters address the hazards of hiking as 'Snakes in the Garden of Eden' and the postscript 'Compleat Ambler' - a compendious summary of why it is important to 'eat right, walk more, seek trees.'
The author, William Needham, has been a hike leader for numerous local hiking organizations for over twenty years, every hike providing an opportunity for those who venture out to learn about nature. With degrees in science, engineering, education, and business, the subject matter can be wide ranging but the intent is always to better understand the realm of the forest that is eschewed by the media culture. As a matter of collateral relevant qualifications, he is a Master Naturalist in Maryland, a docent at the Smithsonian American History Museum, and the president of the Mycological Association of Washington DC. He is a trail overseer and a life member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.


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Picture of the productThe Compleat Ambler - Paperback
Most hiking guides are about the where and how of hiking; The Compleat Ambler is a guide to the why and what. It is the culmination of the author's over twenty years of observation, research, and writing about the natural world that surrounds us. It is a seasonal roadmap of discovery - about the history, lore, fables, and superstitions that surround us at every step. And more than that, it is a prescription to escape from the physical concrete of the cities and the mental entrapment of electronics in a renaissance of spirit outside in the wind and the rain. The intent is to inculcate an understanding of ecology, how everything fits together in interdependence. This then leads to where humans fit in, and to the necessity of balancing our needs with the physical limitations of our one and only home. If enough younger people come to appreciate the delicate balance of what evolution created for us to enjoy, they will vote to save it, for all of our sakes. Philosophically, this book is intended to be what Isaac Walton's classic The Compleat Angler was to fishing; the result of a long period of learning about the hiking world of the outdoors and a desire to share the knowledge thus acquired with the like-minded. Over the course of the last twenty-five years, a generation has come and gone; where there were few there now are many. Young people have returned to the forests and mountains in what may well be a diaspora, a break from the past toward a new future; every generation seeks its own path. These young adults are evident everywhere, hiking in ones, twos, and dozens in the newfound freedom absent the devices of connectivity. This book is for them. It goes beyond the physical mechanics and the details of boots and packs to the marvel of what nature has to offer - flora, fauna, fungi, and fossils. It is equally for those retired from the paycheck continuum of all work and no play seeking a new start; there is nothing better than nature's canvas of greens and browns with a splash of red now and then. The mental and physical health of those who walk in the woods is here, a tonic for the ready, willing, and able.
The format is seasonal with bookends. The narrative begins with the thesis that hiking and human health are quid pro quo from an evolutionary perspective with a codicil example of what nature can provide as insight - 'the weed that killed Lincoln's mother.' Starting in the spring as any awakening must, the sequence follows the progression of the seasons with three chapters for each season thematically germane to that time and place - birds of summer, fruits of fall, and rocks of winter. The last two chapters address the hazards of hiking as 'Snakes in the Garden of Eden' and the postscript 'Compleat Ambler' - a compendious summary of why it is important to 'eat right, walk more, seek trees.'
The author, William Needham, has been a hike leader for numerous local hiking organizations for over twenty years, every hike providing an opportunity for those who venture out to learn about nature. With degrees in science, engineering, education, and business, the subject matter can be wide ranging but the intent is always to better understand the realm of the forest that is eschewed by the media culture. As a matter of collateral relevant qualifications, he is a Master Naturalist in Maryland, a docent at the Smithsonian American History Museum, and the president of the Mycological Association of Washington DC. He is a trail overseer and a life member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.


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Picture of the productAppalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner
Planning to hike the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail in a single year? If so, are you swamped by all that confronts you as you get ready for your adventure? "While no single book can ensure success in such an undertaking, the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner will improve your chances by helping you thoroughly plan your excursion." This is a rip-out-the-pages workbook of checklists, mail drops, etc. based on experiences of more than a dozen first-time thru-hikers. Food, equipment, money, weather, shelters, towns are all covered in less than 100 easy-to-read pages. This edition was updated in 2005 to reflect current trends and offer new advice. Additionally, mileages and shelter information were updated in 2009.

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Picture of the productGeology along Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive stretches for 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. For the length of the drive, rock formations by the road and on mountainsides provide clues to the dramatic history of this area. Badger's easy-to-read book tells the story of these rock formations and of much of the magnificent scenery viewed from the Drive. With the help of color photos, maps, diagrams, and sidebars, the book does more than give a wealth of information: it is a truly fascinating read. Author: Robert Badger published by SNPA, 2004 revised edition, 2012 100 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", full-color photos

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Picture of the productNature Guide to Shenandoah National Park
We are currenly sold out of this book. We expect to have it back in stock in late August.

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Picture of the productSNP Logo Patch
Shenandoah National Park logo sew-on patch 3" round

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Picture of the productWildflowers of Shenandoah National Park
Currently out of stock

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Picture of the productSNP Pin
Shenandoah National Park logo pin 1" round

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Picture of the productHikes to Waterfalls in the Shenandoah National Park
(2011) 24pp. While the Shenandoah Natural History Association has always set store by PATC publications, they felt it was time to issue a quick and easy hiking guide to waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park. This guide, oriented more towards the annual park visitor searching for a simple guide that can be read quickly, contains basic line maps and simple trail descriptions to nine of the most popular waterfalls in the park. Includes Overall Run Falls, Whiteoak Canyon Falls, Cedar Run Falls, Rose River Falls, Dark Hollow Falls, Lewis Spring Falls, South River Falls, Doyles River Falls, and Jones Run Falls. If you only visit the park once a year for dayhikes, and your interests are in waterfalls, this is your guide.

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Picture of the productShenandoah Natl Park Official Handbook
(Whisnant, Whisnant and Silver,2011) In this first official handbook of Shenandoah National Park, the story of how a narrow strip of the Blue Ridge Mountains became a sanctuary - for harried city-dwellers and road-weary travelers, as well as black bears, peregrine falcons, and thousands of species of plants and animals - is told.

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Picture of the productEasy Hikes on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in SNP
(2008 24 pgs) With this guide, hikers can walk on short sections of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. The hikes are fairly easy; most of them short, and should be popular with people of all ages, including children. The booklet gives a point-by-point description of each hike, along with a clear map indicating the starting point along Skyline Drive, the trail route, and any trail intersections along the way. Trails start at Jenkins Gap parking area, Pinnacles picnic grounds, Fishers Gap Overlook, Milam Gap parking area, South River picnic grounds, Loft Mountain Wayside, Doyles River parking area, Wildcat Ridge parking area, and Sawmill Run Overlook. Hikes to Peaks and Vistas is part of a very popular hiking series, including Short Hikes, Hikes to Peaks and Vistas, and Hikes to Waterfalls.

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Picture of the productHikes to Peaks and Vistas in Shenandoah National Park
(2010 24 pgs) With this guide, hikers can hike to nine high points which offer views of the Shenandoah Valley to the east and the Piedmont to the west. This booklet gives you a point-by-point description of each hike, a map, starting points, distance, elevation changes, and safety tips. It includes hiking trail maps for Compton Peak, Pass Mountain, Mary's Rock, Stony Man Mountain, Hawksbill Mountain, Hightop Mountain, Loft Mountain, Chimney Rock, and Turk Mountain. Hikes to Peaks and Vistas is part of a very popular hiking series, including Short Hikes, Easy Hikes, and Hikes to Waterfalls.

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Picture of the productShort Hikes in Shenandoah National Park
(2010, 24 pages) This booklet introduces the hiker to 30 short hikes from 0.7 to 1.9 miles in length and covers the full length of the park. The North District Hike Section outlines 10 different hikes; the Central District Hike Section outlines 12 hikes; and the South District Hike Section outlines 8 hikes. Although the hikes are short, they are not necessarily easy. Some hikes have uphill climbs. Maps and starting points along Skyline Drive are provided as well as the distance of each hike and estimated hiking time. Short Hikes was first published in 1994 and was the beginning of a very popular hiking series, including Hikes to Peaks and Vistas, Easy Hikes, and Hikes to Waterfalls.

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