Trailspace News is a free monthly newsletter covering outdoor gear news, reviews, and opinions. More Info - Back Issues - Subscribe
Trailspace dot com  

In This Issue

Trailspace News sponsored by logo

Blazing a Good Trail: The AT in Maine (Part Two)

Blazing a Good Trail: The AT in Maine (Part Two)On June 21, 1934, four members of the Bates Outing Club set off into the Maine woods laden with 45-pound packs and a mission from ATC chairman Myron Avery: locate, flag, and map a viable route for the Appalachian Trail from Frye Bridge in Andover to the base of Saddleback Mountain near Rangeley and complete the final scouting of the footpath from Maine to Georgia.

We have decided to recreate their trip. Looking at the maps and route descriptions it seems as simple as connecting one old trail, tote road, or path to the next, with a little bushwacking thrown in here and there for fun. But sitting at home you just don't know »

Forum Changes

Last month we reorganized the Trailspace forums a bit. We've added four new forums and moved a number of messages out of the existing forums and into the new ones. The new forums are:

We've also enhanced the forums with more information about the poster of each message, including join date, number of posts, and enhanced "seniority" status information.

You can access all the new forums from the forum index.

Recent Headlines

Climbers Can Apply Now for 2008 Mugs Stump Award

American Climbing Pioneer Bob Bates Passes Away

Sterling Rope and Rock/Creek Launch Rope Recycling Program

Outside Announces 2008 Gear of the Year Awards

Osprey Extends Pack Recycling Program with Mountain Fund

Sierra Club Announces 2007 National Awards


Recent User Reviews

MTB416 loads up The North Face Skareb internal frame backpack.

Timber Jim packs it all in the L.L. Bean Mt. Washington internal frame backpack.

Sean T compares the Primus EtaPower EF and Jetboil PCS integrated canister stoves.

Dusty Boots finds value in the Kelty Agile 4500 internal frame backpack.

E B details operation of the Brunton Vapor AF multi-fuel stove.

Jlev15896 spares tentmates with The North Face XTC Midweight 1/4 Zip base layer top.

photo: Kelty Agile 4500
Kelty Agile 4500



photo: SteriPEN Adventurer
SteriPEN Adventurer

Alicia tests the Isis Wool Zip-Neck Turtle base layer top.

Rickosovitch stays healthy with the SteriPEN Adventurer water purifier.

Mountainmanofleisure find versatility in the Montrail Hardrock trail running shoe.

STW weighs the pros and cons of the Sierra Designs Agate soft shell jacket.

Bruno tests the Black Diamond Skylight three-season tent.

Browse all user reviews by date, type, or brand.

Do you have a favorite -- or least favorite -- piece of gear? Write a review.

Forum Highlights

Dealing with marauding bears

Female solo backpacker

3-season tent use

1-person ultralites

Pants and rain shell vs. just soft shell

Photography (DSLR) in the backcountry

Tent floor re-coat

Yosemite trails for autumn colors

Shenandoah -- our first backcountry overnighter

Join the conversation: all this and much more in the Trailspace forums

Trailspace Blog Hits

Recycle a Pack, Get 10% Off

Life and Death in Your Own Backyard

Take a Child Outside Week

Banff Mountain Photo Winners

More from the blog »

Keep up with Trailspace: check out the Trailspace blog and subscribe to our blog RSS feed for real-time updates.

Trailspace Hats Now Available

The new Trailspace hats are in stock! If you enjoy being a member of the Trailspace community, show your support by hitting the trail with one of these great Trailspace lids on your head:

Sales and Specials


Save 10 percent on your next purchase from Altrec by using coupon code "gear10oct". Good through October 31.


RockCreek fall gear sale: save 10 to 30 percent on select items now through October 30.


EMS's "Upgrade your Gear" sale runs October 18-21. Almost everything will be 20 percent off, with greater savings on select products.

© 2007 MacLeay Interactive Design, Inc. All Rights Reserved.