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- Print Length: 131 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AJ68TVW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What I most liked about the book was the author's emphasis on the "psychological" aspects and the "how-to-deal-with-it" side of thru-hiking rather than a strong focus on gear and mechanics. The early chapters deal with subjects such as: "Can I Really Do It?", "Why Would I Want To?", "Challenges" and "Reasons for `Failure'". These chapters alone make the book well worth its modest price. Subsequent chapters on "Managing the off-trail aspects", "Logistics", "How to Do It: On-Trail" and the chapter on gear are also well worth reading and cover the subjects from a perspective different from that of many of the more gear-obsessed writers. The author writes from what is, in my opinion, a balanced perspective. He views his gear as a means to an end and states that after a few weeks on the trail one thinks mostly about the country, the walking, food and the wonderful sense of freedom rather than ones equipment.Read more ›
Brian is a master of simplification. For instance, his reminder that a campsite is just a place to eat and sleep is a good one for people trying to get a lot of miles.
His suggestion to time how long it takes to break camp in the morning is great. I live in Colorado. The best hiking weather and the most spectacular views are early in the morning. I like to get up at the first hint of light and start moving near sunrise. Breakfasts (yes, I eat two) can wait until I'm on the trail and it warms up a bit. Then I get a break and I eat, too.
His summaries of the PCT, CDT and AT are really useful to people trying to decide which one to hike.
The appendix has many links for buying gear from cottage industries.
This is not a hiking journal. You can read the journals at postholer. They are good reading. I hope he publishes those, too.
I will read this book several times. Most likely, I will learn something new each time.
The writing style is organized, respectful, and succinct. I believe the author is the kind of hiker you would choose to have a chat with in preparation for a long hike.
Specific options for logistics and segments of the three major long distance U.S. trails are introduced and pragmatic suggestions and preferences are provided. While the author provides specific vendors, websites, and approaches for all the issues he could identify, the emphasis is on equipping the reader to explore and test and select the best personal options. Naturally readers with the least on-trail experience will benefit most. However, I believe that any reader can benefit from the organization and prioritization framework presented here.
Planning and testing, often the focus of this discussion, should indeed raise the likelihood of a successful adventure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author writes a book which enables the reader to form their idealism as a hiker. Very informative. Thank you BrianPublished 22 days ago by jackie P
Glad I picked this up, it was a fun and informative read. I look forward to using the author's advice as I head into my own future thru-hike attempt.Published 4 months ago by J.
Great, comprehensive read on all the logistical, mental, and physical considerations of doing a long multi-month hike. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Miller
Lewis did a good overview of preparing for a thru-hike, with an excellent focus on footwear. Getting the right footwear makes a big difference.Published 6 months ago by Heather
I found this to be a very useful, personable narrative, and recommend it to anyone contemplating a thru-hike. Read morePublished 8 months ago by iain mclennon
Coulda used more info about money, but honestly, there's probably not a great way to be able to do that for strangers reading :)Published 9 months ago by April
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