After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart--the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. Paul left his stable career, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life--and will change readers' lives as well. In Hiking Through, readers will join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile hike through fourteen states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose, meeting fascinating and funny people along the way. They'll discover that every choice we make along the path has consequences for the journey and will come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance. Nature-lovers, armchair adventurers, and those grieving a loss may not be able to hike the AT themselves, but they can go on this spiritual pilgrimage with a truly humble and sympathetic guide.
Author: Paul V. Stutzman
Publisher: BookPros, LLC
Release Date: 2010-04-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The author discusses his decision to quit his job following the death of his wife and embark on thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and describes his experiences and the revelations that came to him while on the nearly five-month-long trek.
In Florida, a stranger voiced what many people thought of Paul Stutzman's plan to ride a bicycle, alone from the extreme north-west corner of the United States to the southern tip of Key West, Florida. This book tells about his journeys.
Author: David Emblidge
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism
Journal excerpts, poems, essays, and stories--by Henry David Thoreau, James Dickey, James MacGregor Burns, Richard Wilbur, and many modern-day visitors--celebrate the diverse landscapes and experiences of the 2,140-mile wilderness trail
Author: Jeffrey H. Ryan
Publisher: Down East Books
Release Date: 2016-07-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Like many hikers who’ve completed the Appalachian Trail, Jeffrey Ryan didn’t do it in one long through-hike. Grabbing weekends here and days off there, it took Jeffrey twenty-eight years to finish the trail, and along the way he learned much about himself and made many new friends, including his best friend, who made the journey with him from start to finish. Including 75 color photos, this engaging book is part memoir, part natural history and lore, and part practical advice. Whether you’ve hiked the AT, are planning to hike it, or only wish to dream of hiking it, this is the book to read next.
Author: Jeff Alt
Publisher: Dreams Shared Publications
Release Date: 2007-09-08
An entertaining walk along the Appalachian Trail, with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt dedicated his walk to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's walk inspired an annual event that has raised over $100,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Inspiring and humorous, Jeff's story sheds light on a simpler life. A Walk For Sunshine is an award-winning book and was featured on ESPN and Hallmark Channel. New to this edition: Epilogue focusing on Alt's life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth, and good health.
The author, blinded by a rare eye disease, recounts his experiences hiking with his guide dog, Orient, from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail and describes how his faith helped sustain him along the trail
If you have even remotely considered hiking the length of the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, then you've "heard the challenge." The question now is...will you answer it? If you have been on the fence about doing a thru-hike, the job of this book is to gently nudge, possibly even shove you off that fence, into the direction of the Appalachian Trail. But, if your mind is already made up to embark on this once in a lifetime adventure, then prepare to have your confidence elevated to new heights. Knowledge is power and information is currency; I intend to make you powerfully rich, in regards to the Appalachian Trail, as you read through the contents of this book. The subjects of this work include, but are far from limited to... -Preparing your life for a thru-hike -Financial preparation -Mental preparation (what you bring within yourself is far more important than what you put in your pack). -Physical preparation (I've been a strength and conditioning specialist for nearly a decade). -Hiking with a dog (I've done the whole trail with one) -Insights and information into nearly every aspect of thru-hiking, as well as life on trail and much, much more. -Extensive information regarding gear and itemized lists of what this journey requires. -Insights into each state, as well as noteworthy regions and the obstacles/highlights they present. This book is not designed nor intended to be a "how to" or a "guidebook." It is simply designed to present you with information while simultaneously inspiring the confidence to use that information in making decisions that are perfect for you. Want the full story of the author's AT hike? Check out amazon.com best seller; "Lost on the Appalachian Trail."
Take a Hike! is the story of one man's journey on the twenty-one hundred and sixty-seven mile long Appalachian Trail. Tim Hewitt, whose trail name was Paddler, writes about trip planning and preparation and includes his daily journal for the six month adventure. He is joined by his thirteen year old son David for five weeks in the summer. David's journal and perspective are also included. This book is not intended to be an all-inclusive planning guide for your Appalachian Trail thru-hike, but it does contain information that the author believes will help you to plan and succeed in your own long distance hiking adventure. Bonus chapters bring you a sample of Tim's creative writing talent as well, as he introduces you to the mythology of the Cherokee Ugalu, and the Penobscot Pamola, two spirit-beasts that haunt the Appalachian Mountains. 355 printed pages
Join Kyle and his little dog "Katana" as they take you along for every step of their 2,185 mile adventure hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Confront the terrain, severe weather, injury, dangerous wildlife and questionable characters as you grow and learn just as Kyle did from start to finish on this epic adventure.Make some friends for life, learn the finer points of long distance hiking, and realize that what you take within your backpack is not nearly as important as what you bring within yourself...This exciting and often times humorous narrative does more than simply tell the story of Kyle and Katana's adventures out on the trail. It urges the reader to examine their own life, fears, strengths, weaknesses and dreams, then learn to overcome or realize them. This book tells a story as much as it teaches, inspires and motivates you to get out there and see what the world has to offer. You will learn what it takes mentally and physically to accomplish an undertaking such as hiking thousands of miles through mountainous wilderness and countless obstacles that are all determined to make you quit. As Kyle did, you might even learn some things about yourself...
Author: David Miller
Publisher: Wingspan Press
Release Date: 2006
A 41-year-old engineer quits his job to hike the Appalachian Trail. This is a true account of his hike from Georgia to Maine, bringing to the reader the life of the towns and the people he meets along the way.