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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking: A Library Program and GuideBooks


A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking: A Library Program and GuideBooks

beginner's guide to hiking

Hiking in the spring can be a rejuvenating experience, as nature is coming back to life, new plants are blooming, and animals are waking up from winter hibernation. It offers a much needed change of pace and scenery after a long winter trapped inside by snow and cold temperatures.

Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when you are out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature.

If you are interested in hiking but don’t know where to start, join us for the program A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking, on March 18, at 7pm.

Presenter Mario Medici will introduce you to the basics of hiking, such as what to wear and bring, local hiking locations, and some sample starter hikes you might enjoy exploring. He will show how you can discover the beauty of nature at whatever pace you’re comfortable with.

Says Mario, “ With a little planning and the right equipment, it’s an activity that almost anyone can do. “

Mario’s talk will show that aside from the seasonal beauty of nature, many of the local hiking trails contain historical ruins, and in most cases, stories to go with them. Hikers old or new, non-hikers, and area historians will all find something of interest in this slide presentation. 

Mario is a member of Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) with over 30 years of hiking and hike leader experience.  He is also an amateur photographer, art history enthusiast, and avid researcher.

The Livingston Public Library also has some excellent trail and hiking guides in the travel collection to help you select the best locations and trails to help you make the most of the experience.

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey : Four-Season Guide To 50 of the Best Trails in the Garden State, From the Skylands to the Shore by Priscilla A. Estes

A guide to 50 of the best hikes in New Jersey that can be completed in one day or less, for beginner and experienced hikers.

Climb Every Mountain : 46 of the Northeast’s 111 Hikes Over 4,000 Feet by Michele Hernandez Bayliss

A guide for adventurers-from the freshly booted novice to the grizzled mountaineer-to the Northeast’s iconic mountains that top out at over 4,000 feet.

Drive & Hike Appalachian Trail : The Best Trail Towns, Day Hikes, and Road Trips Along the Way by Timothy Malcolm

Find your hike along the Appalachian Trail with detailed trail descriptions, mileage, difficulty ratings, and tips for picking the right section of the trail for you.

Epic Hikes of the Americas : Explore the Americas’ Most Thrilling Treks and Trails

From Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hike, the Sunshine Coast Trail, to a descent through Havasu Canyon in the USA, and the Santa Cruz Trail of northern Peru, this guide covers a huge variety of themes and experiences across routes that range from one-day walks to multi-day treks.

The Essential Guide to Hiking With Dogs : Trail-Tested Tips and Expert Advice for Canine Adventures by Jen Sotolongo

Need-to-know topics for novice hikers or new owners, from trail etiquette to leave no trace ethics, important gear and packing guides to essential commands you should train on the trail.

50 Hikes With Kids : New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey by Wendy Gorton

The basic data at the beginning of each hike tells parents what they really want to know: how far it is, how long it will take to do with kids, elevation gain, and highlights they can look forward to reaching together. All hikes are personally curated by the author and are 4 miles or shorter and have an elevation gain of 900 feet or less to ensure little feet don’t get too tired.

Hiking New Jersey : a Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures by Johnny Molloy

Fifty hikes for all abilities are featured in this hiking guide to the Garden State of New Jersey.

Hiking Waterfalls Northern California : a Guide to the Region’s Best Waterfall Hikes by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre

Includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for the area’s most scenic waterfall hikes. Hike descriptions also include history, trivia, and GPS coordinates. 

100 trails, 5,000 ideas : Where To Go, When To Go, What to See, What to Do by Joseph R. Yogerst

This authoritative travel guide takes you on a series of epic hiking and walking adventures on 100 trails around all 50 states and Canada.

20,000 Steps Around the World : Great Hikes, Walks, Routes and Rambles by Stuart Butler

The world’s best hikes and walks in one volume with breathtaking photography, detailed terrain and route guides, maps, and expert descriptions-whether you need to unplug for an afternoon or get away for longer. 

Virginia Summits : 40 Best Mountain Hikes from the Shenandoah Valley to Southwest Virginia by Erin Gifford

Guides readers to the very best hikes in the peaks of Virginia, from world-renowned summit hikes like Old Rag at Shenandoah National Park to high points that can be tackled by even the novice hiker.

Walks of a Lifetime from Around the World : Extraordinary Hikes in Exceptional Places by Robert E. Manning

First hand descriptions of forty of the world’s great multi day walks spanning six continents, ranging from inn-to-inn walks to backpacking treks. Features color photographs and maps throughout.

–Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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