Appalachia Journal

This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Appalachia Journal. Pam Bales left the firm pavement of the Base Road and stepped onto the snow-covered Jewell Trail to begin her mid-October climb. She planned a six-hour loop hike by herself. She had packed for almost every contingency and intended to walk alone….

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Motherhood in a pathless landscape Editor’s note: For several years now, Appalachia has joined the Waterman Fund in sponsoring an essay contest for emerging writers. Laura Waterman of East Corinth, Vermont, and her late husband, Guy, spent their lives reflecting and writing on the Northeast’s mountains. The Watermans devoted untold hours to restoring the trails…

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An injured deer and a dilemma Not long ago, I climbed aboard a plane in El Paso, Texas, and headed here to my parents’ house in north central Illinois. I needed to go home and deal with the past I had never really relinquished under the guise of a visit for a week during Christmas….

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A woman seeks what lies beyond her childhood RV vacations Turning the corner, I saw carrion birds perched in the dead and dying branches of a mangrove swamp. Their wings arched out, drying, their heads pointed in different directions. I slowed my bike and stopped breathing. The birds must have been black vultures or cormorants…

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This story appears in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Appalachia journal. His mother had never backpacked; he took her to the Presidentials for her 60th birthday She hoisted herself up and over another rain-soaked boulder along the Gulfside Trail between Mount Washington and Mount Adams. Each step required concerted effort, as if her mind had…

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SUMMER/FALL 2018 IN THIS ISSUE: ROLE REVERSAL IN THE MOUNTAINS Buy this issue Care for the Caregiver: His mother had never backpacked; he took her to the Presidentials for her 60th birthday. Stephen Kurczy Climbers as Humanitarians: Helping injured migrants in Mexico. Lisa Densmore Ballard Continuing Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie: Sometimes a family…

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WINTER/SPRING 2018 IN THIS ISSUE: MOUNT WASHINGTON, SUMMIT OF EXTREMES Buy this issue Mount Washington’s Quirky Record Holder: A writer follows the intensity of Alton Weagle. Dan Szczesny Tragedy at Skyline—September 17, 1967: One who was there investigates. David Govatski Climbers Who Volunteer: Everest climber and White Mountains fixture Rick Wilcox reflects. Erik Eisele, photo…

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SUMMER/FALL 2017 IN THIS ISSUE: STORIES FROM THE ALBUMS Buy this issue The Great Bicycle Expedition of 1936: Three teens, 600 miles, and $15. Francis Carlson Postcard Poetry from 1924: Hints of a story in limited space. Andrew Riely Potsherds: A woman follows Willa Cather’s inspiration to a remote New Mexico park. Judy Benson A Woman…

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WINTER/SPRING 2017 IN THIS ISSUE: GLACIERS MELT/THE EVERYDAY BECOMES STRANGE Buy this issue High-Altitude Melting: A message for civilization. Christopher Johnson The Leap: Journalist meets goat in Glacier National Park. Lisa Densmore Ballard Getting Lost in a Familiar Woods: A brief encounter with a wild place. Aaron Piccirillo My Only Rescue: The Chimney, Katahdin, 1951….

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SUMMER/FALL 2016 IN THIS ISSUE: LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES Buy this issue “All a Question of Luck”: Hope deteriorated into a survival game in the A.W. Greely expedition. Laura Waterman Wild Katahdin?: Will growing numbers of thru-hikers and disruptive behavior remove “Maine’s greatest mountain” from the AT? Lucille Stott A Scoutmaster’s Fall: Three witnesses will…

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