Green Mountain Club offers downloadable day hikes

The Green Mountain Club has launched its new downloadable hikes series online. Building off of nearly 100 years of producing top-quality hiking guidebooks, the club is rolling out a dozen day hikes throughout the 2012 hiking season, available for download to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The downloadable day hikes in Vermont Series is the club’s response to requests for more single-hike resources. Once downloaded, these two-page PDF files, complete with driving directions, trail descriptions, and topographic maps of the area, can be viewed on an electronic device without requiring internet connection, or the files can then be printed.

“The club works to provide reliable, high quality trail information for hikers in Vermont,” said Will Wiquist, executive director. “Until now, we’ve been doing that through printed resources and the information specialists at our visitor center.  The downloadable hikes series is an exciting new medium through which we can share trail information.”

Starting with a sample download of Spruce Mountain (http://bit.ly/KxxccG) in Plainfield, the series will highlight treks of varying difficulty and geography, combining some of Vermont’s more popular destinations such as the Burrows Trail to Camels Hump with lesser-known gems like the Weathersfield Trail up Mt. Ascutney, each for 99 cents.

The series is expected to be well-received among tourists and those who are just dipping a toe into the sport. “Lots of folks hiking here are just visiting or taking their first hike, and they may not be ready to invest in a complete guidebook or map set,” says Megan Duni, communications director for the club. “These downloadable hikes provide information people are looking for at a comfortable, entry-level price.”

The club plans to issue a new hike every week, just in time for the weekend’s adventures, available through the Green Mountain Club website, specifically at http://www.greenmountainclub.org/news.php?id=301. Purchases can be made with a credit card or through PayPal.

The Green Mountain Club, based in Waterbury Center, is the non-profit that founded Vermont’s Long Trail in 1910 and continues to steward trail maintenance and protection of the Long Trail System, the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, and the new Northeast Kingdom Trails through volunteer power and membership contributions.

For more information contact Megan Duni at (802) 244-7037 or Will Wiquist at (802) 922-3490.a

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