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Walking The Appalachian Trail

Author : Larry Luxenberg
ISBN : 0811730956
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Thru-hiker of 1980 weaves history, maintainers' perspectives, accounts of several dozen thru-hikers (well-known and obscure), and the how's of walking the A.T. into a thorough but entertaining history of an increasingly popular sport.

Hiking The Appalachian Trail

Author : James R. Hare
ISBN : UOM:39015031606513
Genre : Appalachian Mountains
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My Heart S Wishes

Author : Jill Altman
ISBN : 9781463404413
Genre : Self-Help
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At the age of 41 after a lifetime spent attempting to please others, Jill Altman embarked on a journey to honor her own feelings and desires by hiking the entire 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail in one year (called thru-hiking). The story of her adventure not only illustrates her roller coaster ride through love, fear, and everything in between, but also chronicles the daily trials and tribulations in the life of a thru-hiker. Ultimately she uncovered how her commitment to her goal of reaching and summiting the final mountain, Mount Katahdin in Maine, actually stood between her and her real purpose in hiking the trail.

Walking With Spring

Author : Earl Victor Shaffer
ISBN : 0917953843
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In April 1948, the 11-year-old Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was pretty much a wreck: Volunteer maintainers who hadn't been called to combat couldn't get rationed gasoline to get out there to keep it clear. In April 1948, so, pretty much, was Earl Shaffer, self-dubbed The Crazy One. He had come home from war in the Pacific where he had lost the dearest friend of his life. He needed to walk it off, and he did with the most primitive of gear. In four months, he walked with the merging spring from Georgia to Maine, bushwhacking to find the route more often than not-becoming the first to report a complete, single-journey trek on this footpath of more than 2,000 miles. More than 7,000 have since followed in his footsteps. These reflections on and from his first of three thru-hikes are often lyrical, full of history and local legend and his own quiet insights on life in the woods in a much different era all around.

In Beauty May She Walk

Author : Leslie Mass
ISBN : 1889386626
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In 2000, inspired by her father, Leslie Mass decided she would turn a lifelong fantasy into reality.At the age of 59, she began to train for a grueling journey, a thru-hike of the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. [i]In Beauty May She Walk[/i] chronicles Leslie's struggles and triumphs during her hike. On the trail, Leslie struggles with how to balance the needs of her family and friends while making the trail a priority; how to shed years of social conditioning that dictate how a woman should act and how to know when to ask for help, while understanding that sometimes, help has to come from within. As the terrain toughens, she struggles to keep up physically with the trail community she depends on socially to keep going and realizes the difficulty of maintaining her obligations to family and friends. After Sept. 11, 2001, it all changes for a hiker even more alone on the Appalachian Trail.

Walking On The Wild Side

Author : Kristi M. Fondren
ISBN : 9780813571904
Genre : Nature
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The most famous long-distance hiking trail in North America, the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail—the longest hiking-only footpath in the world—runs along the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine. Every year about 2,000 individuals attempt to “thru-hike” the entire trail, a feat equivalent to hiking Mount Everest sixteen times. In Walking on the Wild Side, sociologist Kristi M. Fondren traces the stories of forty-six men and women who, for their own personal reasons, set out to conquer America’s most well known, and arguably most social, long-distance hiking trail. In this fascinating in-depth study, Fondren shows how, once out on the trail, this unique subculture of hikers lives mostly in isolation, with their own way of acting, talking, and thinking; their own vocabulary; their own activities and interests; and their own conception of what is significant in life. They tend to be self-disciplined, have an unwavering trust in complete strangers, embrace a life of poverty, and reject modern-day institutions. The volume illuminates the intense social intimacy and bonding that forms among long-distance hikers as they collectively construct a long-distance hiker identity. Fondren describes how long-distance hikers develop a trail persona, underscoring how important a sense of place can be to our identity, and to our sense of who we are. Indeed, the author adds a new dimension to our understanding of the nature of identity in general. Anyone who has hiked—or has ever dreamed of hiking—the Appalachian Trail will find this volume fascinating. Walking on the Wild Side captures a community for whom the trail is a sacred place, a place to which they have become attached, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Border Crossings

Author : Ian Marshall
ISBN : 9780983585251
Genre : Haiku, American
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"The International Appalachian Trail runs north from Mount Katahdin seven hundred miles to the end of the Gaspé Peninsula. Inspired by Basho, Ian Marshall hiked it for six summers, probing the poetics of haiku while exploring a vast and beautiful wilderness little known in the US. Marshall is an engaging trail companion and a superb story teller, with a self deprecating wit and sharp intellect that spice up his observations and ideas. Like Basho, he finds the miraculous in the common and elevates the humble walk into a spiritual practice, sprinkling his narrative with lovely original haiku that seem to have condensed in the moment, like droplets of dew. Backpackers will appreciate his pungent descriptions of life on the trail, and ecocritics will savor his abundant insights on poetry, nature, and culture. This lively book serves up a classic blend of high adventure, literary pilgrimage, and self discovery. It tastes as tart and fresh as wild rasp-berries."--John Tallmadge, past-president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and author of The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City

Great Stories Of Hiking The Appalachian Trail

Author : Debra Smith
ISBN : 9780811742993
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Stories of the original trailblazers and the first thruhikers. Reprinted from the out-of-print Rodale 2-volume Hiking the Appalachian Trail (1975). New foreword by Dave Startzell, executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Walking Home

Author : Michael Herrick
ISBN : 9781503524231
Genre : Fiction
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Walt, a middle-aged man, follows the twenty-year-old journal of a hike on the Appalachian Trail by a younger man, Strider, who had undertaken the trek to discover the “good life” and quit to pursue it. Since Walt’s good life with his wife and daughters has gone sour, he starts this walk to think about his future. On the way Walt reflects on Strider’s memorable encounters and plunges into his own life-changing experiences, leaving him lost and uncertain about doing the right thing. He learns that when you go down into the woods one day, you’re in for a big surprise.

Walking With Spring The First Solo Thru Hike Of The Legendary Appalachian Trail

Author : Earl Shaffer
ISBN : OCLC:244113399
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Awol On The Appalachian Trail

Author : David Miller
ISBN : 0547745524
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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“Makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike . . . In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey.”—Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society In 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.

A Journey North

Author : Adrienne Hall
ISBN : PSU:000046421944
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Chronicles the author's adventures of hiking the Appalachian Trail with her boyfriend from Georgia to Maine, while exploring the trail's historical background and the contemporary issues now facing it.

Blind Man Walking

Author : Brian Thompson
ISBN : 9798577057978
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Two old college buddies contemplate hiking the Appalachian Trail. The problem is, one of them is severely vision impaired and his ability to follow a simple footpath is in serious question. They decide to first try an overnight hike in Arkansas; an unmitigated disaster. Upon their return, one fellow's wife declares he is too old fat and blind to be crashing about in the woods. The other's wife notes how lucky they are to have learned their lesson before attempting anything as seriously challenging as the Appalachian Trail. Humiliated, their dignity in tatters, (and perhaps not the fastest learners), they decide to go anyway. This is their story, traveling America's greatest footpath; the places, the people, the history.

The Appalachian Trail

Author : Brian King
ISBN : 9780847839032
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Presents a pictorial celebration of the history, beauty, and significance of the Appalachian Trail.

The Spirit Of The Appalachian Trail

Author : Susan Power Bratton
ISBN : 9781572338814
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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“Want to know what wilderness means to people who live it for over two thousand miles? Then read this extremely interesting, informative, intelligent, and thoughtful book.” —Roger S. Gottlieb, author of Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming “There is no doubt that Bratton’s book will be of value to students and scholars of leisure studies, recreation, and religion. Those who are familiar with the Appalachian Trail sense intuitively that a journey along its length kindles spiritual awakening; this book provides the hard data to prove it’s true.” —David Brill, author of As Far as the Eye Can See: Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker The Appalachian Trail covers 2,180 miles, passing through fourteen states from Georgia to Maine. Each year, an estimated 2–3 million people visit the trail, and almost two thousand attempt a “thru-hike,” walking the entire distance of the path. For many, the journey transcends a mere walk in the woods and becomes a modern-day pilgrimage. In The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail: Community, Environment, and Belief, Susan Power Bratton addresses the spiritual dimensions of hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Hikers often comment on how their experience as thru-hikers changes them spiritually forever, but this is the first study to evaluate these religious or quasireligious claims critically. Rather than ask if wilderness and outdoor recreation have benefits for the soul, this volume investigates specifically how long-distance walking might enhance both body and mind. Most who are familiar with the AT sense intuitively that a trek along its length kindles spiritual awakening. Using both a quantitative and qualitative approach, this book provides the hard data to support this notion. Bratton bases her work on five sources: an exhaustive survey of long-distance AT hikers, published trail diaries and memoirs, hikers? own logs and postings, her own personal observations from many years on the trail, and conversations with numerous members of the AT community, including the “trail angels,” residents of small towns along the path who attend to hikers? need for food, shelter, or medical attention. The abundant photographs reinforce the text and enable visualization of the cultural and natural context. This volume is fully indexed with extensive reference and notes sections and detailed appendixes. Written in an engaging and accessible style, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail presents a full picture of the spirituality of the AT. Susan Power Bratton is professor of environmental studies. She is the author of Six Billion and More: Human Population Regulation and Christian Ethics, Environmental Values in Christian Art, and Christianity, Wilderness, and Wildlife: The Original Desert Solitaire.


Author : Randy "Windtalker" Motz
ISBN : 9781440453656
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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WINNER OF THE COVETED 2011 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD! What happens when a middle-aged couple with no previous backpacking experience, decides to test their 14-year marriage and spend six months hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in one continuous hike? Will their motto of "Quitting is not an option" be a blessing or a curse? Travel with "Windtalker" and "Mom," as they wrestle with their personal weaknesses and capitalize on each other's strengths; and in doing so, gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make and keep a marriage strong. "Solemates" is not a daily chronicle of trail life but rather a candid, introspective and sometimes humorous look into the range of emotions experienced during the pursuit of such a life-changing adventure. It is a warmhearted journal depicting lessons in perseverance, human nature, compassion, understanding, and teamwork. Their stories, and those of their thru-hiking companions, reveal insights into the human spirit and refreshing perspectives on what is truly important in life.

A Walk In The Woods

Author : Bill Bryson
ISBN : 0786215135
Genre : Humor
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Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts

Walking With Freedom

Author : Michael Daniel
ISBN : OCLC:880373984
Genre : Hiking
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The Appalachian Trail

Author : Jan D. Curran
ISBN : 0935834664
Genre : Travel
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A newly retired Army officer tests himself and his expectations, hiking from Georgia through Maryland, Mostly solo.

Hike Bike America

Author : Paul Wittreich
ISBN : 9780595253166
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Two journal tales of travel: one taking you by foot on the whole Appalachian Trail plus The Long Trail in Vermont; then a venture of pedaling across mid America coast to coast on a two wheeler.

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