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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; First Edition edition (December 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811735427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811735421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Ray has been an avid hiker for more than fifteen years and has logged thousands of miles on the Appalachian Trail. She is a member of the Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association and works as a field editor for the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Companion. She lives in New Hampshire.

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Michelle Ray has been an avid hiker for more than fifteen years and has logged thousands of miles on the Appalachian Trail. She is a member of the Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association and works as a field editor for the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Companion. She lives in New Hampshire.

Customer Reviews

Very informative book.
Michael D Edwards
Michelle Ray's AT guide book is the most current, concise, and entertaining resource for anyone even considering hiking the Appalachian Trail.
jane austen
In fact, I finished the book in one day.
txdurk

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Raymond K. Anderson on January 16, 2009
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Michelle Ray's "How to Hike the A.T." is the most comprehensive book I've read on the subject. I could have used her advice back in 2003, when I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail myself. Aside from the logical layout of chapters, there is an index, and even a few pages on trail terminology. After reading this book you will not only be prepared, but begin to feel like a long-distance hiker. I was particularly impressed that she devoted a final chapter to: Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking. If you are thinking about this, you need to do it right, and she covers the basics. The book also includes lists of trail organizations, and suggested resources, including the written media and Web Sites.

For anyone thinking about a long hike, or who wants to learn about hikers and the culture, this is the place to begin.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jane austen on January 11, 2009
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Michelle Ray's AT guide book is the most current, concise, and entertaining resource for anyone even considering hiking the Appalachian Trail. She has put a tremendous amount of research into this book. What's more, she manages to convey a sense of adventure and excitement with all the information and advice. She brings not only her own experience as a thru-hiker, but, as a librarian has managed to compile a wealth of information in a very readable fashion. There are lots of books about the AT, but this one should be the prospective hiker's main standby. It is light enough to carry in your backpack. Frank "The Walrus" Miller, Havre, MT
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robert Whitney on August 10, 2009
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This guide to how to prepare for a Thru Hike is one of the best I have seen, except for one chapter, Chapter 5, Getting Your Gear On, The Pack.

Little is more important than sellecting a good pack. The author does not fairly state the advantages and disavantages between internal and external packs. To say that the external frame pack was used mainly between the 50's and the 70's on the AT is totally misleading and incorrect. External frame packs have been the backbone of hiking the AT. They still should be considered, when choosing a good durable, sturdy, highly useable, yet comfortable pack for a thruhike.

For good reading, to help you select the best pack for your Tru Hike, I would recomend, Long Distant Hiking, Lessons from the AT by Roland Mueser, Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook by William Kemsley Jr. or The Appalachian Trail Hiker by Victoria and Frank Logue,

After becoming well informed, go to a GOOD pack shop and try on the various packs you read about. Don't be pressured into buying the pack that the salesperson is currently pushing. Know for your self what to look for in a good pack and why. Your salesperson may be into the current fad of Ultra Lite Backpacking, but is a super lite, one large pocket frameless pack, your best choice for a tru hike?.

The rest of the book is very well written and I recomend it highly.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By William Moser on April 11, 2012
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As someone starting to think about doing a thru hike of the AT, I was hoping for detailed information on the trail, and the shelters and towns along the way -- Towns with the best supply & sleeping possibilities, ones to avoid, etc. What I got, for the most part, was a fairly generic primer on backpacking -- gear and clothing and food selection, trail etiquette, etc. If you've never been backpacking and want a good intro, this book is a worthwhile read. If you're experienced, and want a good source for inside info on the AT, look elsewhere...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Bowman on February 8, 2010
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This is a good starter book for the rookie hiker that wants to hike the AT and has no idea where to begin.
The book has a lot of basic information for the non-hiker who wants to tackle the AT.
Using this book will get you off on the right foot.
Big Mike
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy E. Row on November 20, 2012
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Over the past months I have been reading everything I could get my hands on concerning the Appalachian Trail. This book has proven to be the absolute best of them all when it comes to clear answers and current information on hiking the trail. The writing style is clear and engaging, the author's interest and expertise come through clearly, and the topics are covered in a practical way that gives the reader real and useful information for planning a hike. I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering attempting a thru-hike of the AT, as well as someone who is interested enough to get a taste of what a journey on the trail might truly be like.

An additional bonus is the lists the author supplies of websites and suppliers to research for more detailed information. I have filled a notebook with details from the book and other sites the author has sent me to. This book has proved to be a must read for me and for anyone who is planning or dreaming of one day walking the AT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By txdurk on September 22, 2011
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I am preparing for an extended walk along the AT next year. To get up to speed on what I need to know I bought this and some other books. Michelle Ray writes with an easy manner that makes reading quick and efficient. In fact, I finished the book in one day. While I wouldn't call this a reference book it is still worth the cover price. It's as if a friend just returned from hiking the A.T. and she gives you a brain dump on what to expect and some advice, dos and don'ts etc. . It's a little high level but the information comes from an insider and what is passed along is essential to understanding the coming challenge. Buy the book. Some details in it may save you grief later on. I'm glad I ordered it.
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