In two weeks of July, with a 21-pound pack and boundless curiosity, Daniel Ford walked across New Hampshire's White Mountains. He met trail bikers, through hikers, peak baggers, Girl Scouts, juvenile delinquents, and the workers who repair the Old Man of the Mountains. In less crowded moments, he delved into the romantic past and uncertain future of this legendary greenbelt.
What the reviewers said
"Ford's narrative is meaty fare, well marbled with facts and observations about the terrain he traverses, its history, the weather and how he copes with it, people he encounters along the trail, what he eats, where he sleeps, and how he finds his way when he leaves the beaten track for more solitary byways. Ford travels light, most of the time eating only pemmican, dried fruit, nuts, and freeze-dried bacon bar 'all jumbled together and run through a meat grinder,' with orange-flavored breakfast drink powder dissolved in water to quench his thirst." — Country Journal
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The Country Northward was published in hardcover and paperback editions by New Hampshire Publishing Company in 1976; now out of print. Facsimile edition through the Authors Guild Back in Print program 2000; now out of print. Revised and updated edition for Backcountry Books in 2010 as a 6x9 inch paperback, 174 pages, $9.95.