The Trail is Life…

Marc Patterson has over twenty years of experience in the woods of Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, backpacking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and canoeing. He is a 2nd generation Registered Maine Guide and enjoys teaching others about the outdoors. He currently lives in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, though spends much of his free time in the North Maine Woods.

Marc holds a BA in Creative Nonfiction and English Literature from the University of Southern New Hampshire. His short stories and essays have appeared in Words & Images (University of Southern Maine Press), and Haunted Maine (Macabre Maine Press), The Monadnock Conservancy Quarterly, and elsewhere.

He is also a freelance writer, trail crew volunteer, and voracious reader. He’s passionate about social activism, especially in the areas of education and the environment.

The Trail is Life is a curated account of Marc’s journey into the wilderness, sharing his deep love for nature by chronicling a variety of trail work projects, backcountry trips, and other sordid adventures; along with insightful “how-to” articles, equipment reviews, and thoughtful essays.

Currently, Marc is crafting a series of essays under the working title “The Wilderness is Home” as well as completing a book of poetry, “Tangled Trees, Clear Mind.” You can learn more on the Works page of this website.

When he’s not writing you can find Marc paddling remote rivers listening to the stories of the moose, coyote, and hemlock, carefully transcribing the language of the natural community for future generations.

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