Something That I Have Always Been Interested In!
The Appalachian trail and stories of through-hiking are topics that I have always been interested in. My dad hiked on the Appalachian Trail when he returned from Vietnam. I have taken lots of day hikes on different parts of the Appalachian Trail. When you hike for just a day it gives you a perspective on how amazing the hikers are that through hike from Georgia to Maine! I have read a few Appalachian Trail books, and this one is my favorite thus far!
Tired Of The Cubicle Life
At 41 years old being an engineer was just not satisfying the author anymore. It was not full filling to him and after a lot of contemplation, he quit his job to through-hike the trail. He decides to go despite what other people think and his own common sense, to go Awol on the AT.
There are logbooks at the shelters along the AT where hikers can sign in or leave a note that they had stayed there. Hikers that are through hiking normally pick a trail name, the author used the trail name, Awol.
People And Places
The book tells the story of his hike. From beginning to end. He writes colorful descriptions of the people he meets along the trail and the places that he sees.
It is a story about the beauty of nature and the solitude of a through hike. As well as the real-life trials and tribulations that he encounters along the way.
A lot can happen out there, from getting injured to equipment failure, to scheduled day hikes with family and friends. This book tells it all. The good and the bad!
Paints A Picture
In this book, the author does a great job of painting a picture of the whole experience, both good and bad parts. He is a great storyteller and finds humor in a lot of the situations he finds himself in.
From describing his most frustrating moments to the final glory of completing the hike, the story is well told!
For those people who are considering hiking on the trail, at the end of the book, he gives a detailed list of the equipment he used. With the disclaimer that many of the things he used may be outdated by now.
I Think You, Will, Like It
If you have ever been interested in the Appalachian Trail, this is a great book. You will learn a lot and enjoy the story along the way!