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Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide To Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail (Volume 1) Paperback – February 8, 2012
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Zach Davis' wit and humor bring his story and advice alive, creating a pleasing and entertaining read. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone planning a long-distance backpacking trip, not only for the mental exercises contained within, but also for the bundle of laughs his humor excites.
And don't worry, for all you gear junkies out there... there is also a section devoted to this very topic. There is a contribution from an hiker who has completed both the AT and the PCT. He shared his vast knowledge, complete with a gear checklist.
I definitely recommend this book if you are considering any long distance hike.
Pick a copy up for yourself or send it as a gift to your outdoorsy friends!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on the paper copy, in fact, I might need more than one... one for my guest room, one for my bookshelf and one to carry when the battery on my phone dies and I can't open my Kindle app!
Well Done, Zach Davis! Thank you for sharing your brilliance and insight on an aspect of hiking that is just as important, if not more important, than your physical strength.
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!!
Appalachian Trials: The Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail BUY IT! :)
I live about 45 minutes from Springer Mtn. I'm in these woods often doing short 4-5 day section hikes by myself(my preference). Have met many people on the trail. Everything Zach talks about in the book resonates truth. There's no sugar coating or embelishing life on the trail in this book. I couldn't tell you how many books I've read on hiking, gear, nature and social aspects of life on the trail. Never have I picked up a book like this one(read the book).
I often dream of doing a thru-hike while reading these stories. Living vicariously through the eyes of the author. I say that because I'm 50 years young. In descent shape for an old fart, have a job, wife, daughter in college(not cheap). It's just not the thing a responsible dude does, right. Wrong! After reading Zach's book, I've got a fire lit under my bum like never before.
Many of the lessons, and daily rituals Zach talks about(read the book), I currently practice. ie: meditation, acceptance, this too shall pass. I learned them from a little group I belong to that will remain anaonymous.
Well Zach, thanks for the shove. I'm doing this! I have the gear; I'll make the time; I've been section hiking for several years, and now, after reading your book, I know I have the mental fortitude to laugh in the face of misery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a rare gem. I love how he discusses the realities of what can, could and does happen on the trail with a point of view of how to keep your mind straight and keep... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
really good book- makes you think before tackling the AT....as you should!Published 14 days ago by R.G.W.
Semi-useful book full of self-help cliches and occasional typos. Not a definitive guide, but whereas one is lacking, there are some useful recommendations.Published 19 days ago by Benjamin
Absolutely the very best book that I have read on the AT. I also receive daily blogs from Badger. I have learned more from reading this book and the blogs than I learned from... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sandra Kennedy
It is essential to read this book if you are going on a long trek.Published 21 days ago by JizzyCakes
Great book well thought out and the organized sections really help, took lots of notes. Did a good job focusing on the mental aspects of the hike and how to prepare for it but not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaun Michael Thomas