White Mountain Guides

November 1, 2007

In 1922, AMC published the fifth edition of the White Mountain Guide, then titled Guide to Paths in the White Mountains and Adjacent Regions. A section called “Emergencies in the Woods” provided basic instruction and ink drawings on recognizing and treating hiking-related ailments. The authors noted, however, that “The following brief description does not pretend to cover all of the accidents and illnesses that might occur in the woods. Neither does it attempt to detail the entire management of the conditions referred to.”

AMC is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the club’s flagship hiking guide and recently released the White Mountain Guide: A Centennial Retrospective. The book is filled with historical images like this one and includes first-hand accounts from the people who built the trails, then documented them. It is a revealing look at how the guide evolved to become the “hiker’s bible.”

Images seen here appear courtesy of the AMC Library and Archives. Duplicates can be ordered for a fee. Funds support efforts to preserve the club’s historical collections. Contact Library and Archives at 617-391-6629, visit the website, or send an e-mail for details.

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