1. Rumney Guide Book by Ward Smith: If you like to sport climb, you need this book. It’s the authoritative guide to one of the Northeast’s biggest and best climbing areas. The guide contains digitized topographic maps and written descriptions covering more than 500 routes, rated 5.0 to 5.15 (most in the 5.8 to 5.12 range).
2. Day Hikers Guide to Vermont: Put out by the Green Mountain Club, this book contains directions on hiking many of the side trails leading to Vermont’s Long Trail as well as loop hikes and out and backs throughout the state.
3. Northern Forest Canoe Trail Maps: The 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail is divided into 13 sections, and each section has its own map with both route and interpretive information. The waterproof, tear-resistant maps include access, portage and campsite information as well as local contact information, permit guidelines and information about local history, wildlife, geology and more.
4. ADK’s HIgh Peaks Trail Guide: If you’re headed to the Adirondacks, you need ADK’s guides. Each paperback guidebook comes with a detailed topo map in the back sleeve. Each book describes every trail in the area in detail, including trailheads, trail length, difficulty, and hiking times. The ADK guides also include information on ADK lodges and campsites.
5. AMC’s Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: Dreaming of powdery runs down the slopes that are just becoming tinged in autumn reds? From the author of the bible of Eastern backcountry skiing comes the most up-to-date resource for exploring the backcountry ski trails of the Northeast. This book features 50 trips through New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts, including extensive coverage of Tuckerman’s Ravine, Mount Mansfield, the Adirondacks and the historic Thunderbolt Ski Trail, as well as backcountry huts and lodge-to-lodge skiing in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness. Each trip includes a description, distance, elevation, topographic map, difficulty rating, directions, and other tools to help plan your adventure.
Whether your next adventure is a day hike or a hut trip, you can get the gear and the guides you need at GearX.com/Outdoor Gear Exchange.