Appledore Books Newsletter
September 2009
Appalachian Odyssey Authors
Featured at Highland Center Lodge
In New Hampshire White Mts.

Steve Sherman and Julia Older, authors of Appalachian Odyssey; Walking the Trail from Georgia to Maine were guest speakers at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Highland Center Lodge September 5. They read excerpts from their memoir and answered questions about the equipment and food they backpacked on their 4-month, 2000-mile hike through 14 states.

The Highland Center in Crawford Notch deep in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a large, new, "green" lodge owned and operated by the AMC headquartered in Boston. Long-distance and day-hikers alike use the popular Highland Center as an overnight base for the many outdoors programs originating from the Center.

On their thru-hike, Older and Sherman backpacked along the ridgeline of the 35-mile Appalachian Trail section that crosses the Presidential Range above treeline in the Whites. "For us," they said, "the most difficult climb of the Presidential Mountain Range was the two-thousand-foot ascent from Crawford Notch to the summit of Mt. Webster."

The "STOP" sign posted at the beginning of this section reads: "The area ahead has the worst weather in America. Many have died there from exposure even in the summer. Turn back now if the weather is bad. —US. Forest Service. Dept. of Agriculture."

In the Lakes-of-the-Clouds Hut high on Mt. Washington, where winds were once clocked at 231 mph, Older gave a mini-flute concert on the instrument she backpacked from Georgia. Winds exceed hurricane force 104 days of the year on Mt. Washington, and the summit is in the clouds 60% of the time. When Older finished the impromptu rendition of Debussy’s "Syrinx," the clouds disappeared and the hikers cheered.

BOOK SCENE: One Million New Book Titles!
Harvard Library Director Robert Darnton (The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future) points out that, according to R.R. Bowker, 700,000 new titles were published worldwide in 1998 and 976,000 in 2007. The book format is far from dead. "Despite the Great Recession of 2009," he says, "one million new books will soon be produced each year."

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