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One Poster - All The Trails in New England!

The New England Hiking Map will be a 30x40 inch poster showing New England's amazing hiking and bike trail network. No roads on this map - just trails, parks, public lands, and a smattering of helpful topographic information. This map will also highlight long distance trails and historical trails in addition to zoomed-in insets for trail-heavy urban areas. The map will be intricately labeled by hand to ensure usefulness and a clean presentation. I am meticulously combing through each and every county in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to make sure this map is as complete as possible.

Here's the basic idea (more elements to be added soon!):

An early draft showing the basic layout.
An early draft showing the basic layout.

Last year I successfully launched the ambitious California Hiking Map on Kickstarter. One poster, thousands of trails (check it out!).

I'll tell you more about that project in just a moment, but first I need to establish some New England credibility.

The California / New England Connection
The California / New England Connection

My love of hiking and the outdoors started in the White Mountains of New Hampshire while my parents led me to places like Mount Lafayette and Franconia Falls. I also enjoyed exploring (and sometimes getting lost in) the woods of Marion, Massachusetts where I lived for over 5 years. My last gig in New England was working (playing) as a camp counselor at Camp Walt Whitman in Piermont, New Hampshire. I still have lots of family and friends out there (hi Dad!).

I will share drafts of the New England Hiking Map with all backers several times before fulfillment to receive feedback on style, accuracy, and content. I am aiming for fulfillment in January 2018. For backers that are looking for Christmas gifts, I will send a postcard to the address of your choice in mid-December letting them know what is on their way in January! The project location is listed as Boston, MA as the maps will likely be printed there.

Please note that this map is designed at a small scale (zoomed out) to show all of New England. This map would not be appropriate to use for navigational purposes. Please consult your favorite trail guides / topo maps / online resources for important trail information. With this map on your wall, hopefully you'll find an opportunity to mark the hikes that you have visited and look for new trails to explore.

Here's some more information about The California Hiking Map (somewhat relevant, since I'm modeling The New England Hiking Map after it, with some improvements).

Interviews with Inside Hook, Backpackers.com, North State Public Radio, KRCR News Channel 7, and the Chico News and Review share information about the map. The California Hiking Map was also featured on Backpacker Magazine’s Play List for May 2016 and Gear Junkie’s Emerging Gear List for July 2016. Additional coverage from Yubanet, LAist, Curbed LA, Curbed SF, the Matador Network, Men’s Journal, SF Gate, and Lonely Planet.

Imagine this, but New England!
Imagine this, but New England!
An example of the CA Hiking Map's insets - this map will likely have a few too.
An example of the CA Hiking Map's insets - this map will likely have a few too.

Thanks so much for your help and support!!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk with this project is a delay in production. Fortunately, this is my second project of this nature so I know what work needs to go into finishing the map, preparing it for printing, working with printers, shipping, and customer service. I will communicate my progress regularly and let folks know if anything is delaying the project.

In the off-chance that prints are damaged in the mail, I'll be able to resend another print at no cost to the recipient.

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    Receive a premium print of The New England Hiking Map printed on your choice of rolled canvas or gloss/satin laminated heavy-duty paper. You'll also receive five standard prints of the map to gift out. Also, you or your organization will get kudos and thanks on each and every print of the map!

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