Section 1: Sense of Purpose

March 31st, 2015 by Rebecca

Every year thousands of hikers set foot on the vast and varied trail network in the White Mountains. Whether trekking across the airy crest of Franconia Ridge, or wandering past waterfalls on the northern Presidentials, mountain enthusiasts reap the benefits of dedicated work by the trail clubs of the White Mountains. Each of these twenty or so clubs— many still active, others faded into oblivion—was, from its beginning, imbued with a sense of purpose. Two primary missions of the clubs have been to build and maintain trails, and to advocate for the protection and appropriate use of the mountain backcountry.

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Gigapan photograph by Joe Klementovich