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Author Chamberlin, Silas

Title On the trail : a history of American hiking / Silas Chamberlin
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2016


Description 1 online resource (xx, 243 pages) : some illustrations
Series Degruyterct
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 The Origins of American Nature Walking; 2 Hiking Together; 3 The Rise of American Hiking Culture; 4 Building Trails; 5 Hiking Alone; Epilogue: Hiking before and after 1968; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Summary The first history of the American hiking community and its contributions to the nation's vast network of trails In the mid-nineteenth century urban walking clubs emerged in the United States. A little more than a century later, tens of millions of Americans were hiking on trails blazed in every region of the country. This groundbreaking book is the first full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture. Delving into unexplored archives, including those of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Club, and many others, Silas Chamberlin recounts the activities of hikers who over many decades formed clubs, built trails, and advocated for environmental protection. He also discusses the shifting attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s when ideas about traditional volunteerism shifted and new hikers came to see trail blazing and maintenance as government responsibilities. Chamberlin explores the implications for hiking groups, future club leaders, and the millions of others who find happiness, inspiration, and better health on America's trails
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 24, 2016)
Subject Hiking -- United States -- History
GAMES -- Gambling -- Sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Sports.
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016936121
ISBN 9780300224986