The Appalachian Trail, at 2,150 miles, is the longest continuous recreational footpath in America. From a variety of sources, Emblidge culled random trail gems to create an Appalachian quilt of an anthology. Through the Green Mountains, the Adirondacks, and the Great Smokies, the trail links the ridges and valleys, as well as a diverse cross-section of American cultures. With practical trail details and an eclectic assembly of hiking wisdom, you can read it straight through, or a chapter at a time, as you plan your next hike. It's just a shame it's too heavy to pack along.
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From School Library Journal
YA. This beautifully literate compendium offers armchair travelers a sense of the trail's history; romance; and blood, sweat, and tears. The book is also a practical guide; the section maps include intersections of the trail with major interstates, national forests, mileage, and elevation. One of the most striking maps is a cutaway of the spine of the trail that dramatizes its vertical rise and drop. Readers get everything from a history of the regions and the evolution of the Appalachian Trail to hiking logs from every state it traverses. Notables in the environmental movement are included as well as literary figures such as Henry David Thoreau, James Dickey, Walt Whitman, and Richard Wilbur. The selections communicate the beauty and awe experienced on the trail, especially by those who have walked every inch and every up-and-down from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.?Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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