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AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic -- Meet the Author

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Join us for a presentation by Michael Martin, author of the new AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic: A Guide to 30 of the Best Multiday Trips from New York to Virginia.

Within hours of cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC lie thousands of miles of trails accessible to tens of millions of residents and visitors. The Mid-Atlantic region offers a wide variety of terrain and possible expeditions, and AMC’s Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic ( is an easy-to-use guide that will help hikers experience 30 of the best multi-day trips. Ranging in difficulty from intermediate to expert, these trails take hikers through forests of wild rhododendron at Dolly Sods, across the beaches of Assateague, and over the peaks of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Basic topographic maps, a region-specific planning guide, photos, and GPS waypoints of parking lots and points of interest will help hikers plan their trips. This new guide is an essential backpacking tool complete with turn-by-turn directions and expert advice on how to best experience the Mid-Atlantic.

About the Author: Michael R. Martin is a lifelong backpacker and outdoorsman with experience on trails near and far, including the American Southwest, Sweden, France, Iceland, Nepal, Peru, and, more recently, thousands of miles (and counting) in the Mid-Atlantic region. Martin leads, organizes, and teaches for the D.C. Ultralight Backpacking group. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Time: The presentation will be from 7:30-8:30 pm, but come earlier to socialize. Light snacks will be available. You are also invited to stay until 9 pm for an informal Q&A, to share your favorite mid-Atlantic backpacking trips, and for a discussion of backpacking.

Location: The large meeting room of the Bethesda Library (, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD. The room is immediately to the left as you enter. The library is three blocks from the Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line) and on the route of Ride On Bus 36. Free parking is also available after 7 pm.