A revised and updated second edition of New Hampshire's 52 With A View - A Hiker's Guide, a comprehensive guidebook for the 52 With A View hiking list, was recently published by its author, Ken MacGray of Concord. The 246-page guidebook is the first of its kind for these peaks, which complement the popular New Hampshire 4,000 footers.
Inside the book you will find an historical overview of the Over The Hill Hikers, creators of the list, and how the list came to be; detailed recommended route descriptions for all 52 peaks (plus the delisted peaks), including historical tidbits, parking & road access, and summaries of additional routes. There’s also information on overnight options for campers and backpackers, tips for hiking each peak in winter, and highlights of the views from each peak.
The expanded and updated second edition also reflects the current 52WAV list, which was officially revised in May 2020. The guide features revised and expanded trail descriptions for each peak, over 50 photographs depicting scenes from each mountain, expanded alternate routes with more detailed trailhead locations, expanded and updated winter information, updated peak elevations per the latest LIDAR data, and an overview map of where each peak is located.
Over the course of six printings, the best-selling first edition has sold approximately 2,500 copies since its debut in July 2019, and was the second-best best-selling title for 2019 at White Birch Books in North Conway, NH. The book was met with praise from both readers and reviewers alike, having been featured on New Hampshire Public Radio, the Portland Press Herald, Section Hiker, the Caledonian Record, and the Conway Daily Sun.
Ken MacGray is a freelance writer and hiker living in southern New Hampshire. He has always been a hiker, but didn't find his true passion for it until later in life and has completed the NH 4,000 Footers and finished almost three rounds of the 52WAV list, among other hiking accomplishments. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming (2020) fifth edition of the popular AMC Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, and is most at home in the mountains and forests. He is also a big advocate for the peaks on the 52 With a View list and their appeal to both beginner and experienced hikers alike.
New Hampshire's 52 With A View - A Hiker's Guide is being distributed regionally by Bondcliff Books (www.bondcliffbooks.com) of Littleton, N.H., is available to order online, and can also be purchased at bookstores around the state. A full list of locations where the book is currently being sold is available at: http://kenmacgray.org/52