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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811730956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811730952
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Luxenberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Larry thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail on his first ever backpacking trip thirty years ago, in 1980. In 1994 he began work on "Walking the Appalachian Trail." In six months he interviewed 200 hikers and others deeply connected to the A.T. and combined their stories in this novel account of the trail. In 1998 he began working on the Appalachian Trail Museum (atmuseum.org), which is now scheduled to open on National Trails Day, June 5, 2010, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pa. In recognition of his efforts on the book and A.T. Museum he was named an honorary member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in 2009. An active dayhiker, in 2008 he became the first person to hike all the trails in Harriman Park in one calendar year. He is now an investment advisor, www.lexingtonave.com

Customer Reviews

Enjoyed all the stories.
Stew
This is not the definitive book about the trail but is an excellent motivator for day hiking or thru-hiking it.
Scott Bell
As much time as I've spent on the AT, even I learned something!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bagby on February 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
. . . unless you're willing to risk a life-altering experience. Indeed, 5 months after reading this book, I was sleeping on the ground at night and walking 15-20 miles every day. It inspired me to start a thruhike of the AT, and after finishing the first one, I did another, and then another. Almost surely I'll do it again. Life will never be the same. This book started it all for me. Not just about Luxenberg's own hiking experiences, the book distills the stories of many different hikers, from the first thruhiker (Earl Shaffer) to "ordinary" hikers of today, plus several who were not at all ordinary. Many, many books have been written about the AT. This one is a powerful classic.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Troy Shellhamer on March 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful vehicle to take you back to trail, or there for the first time. It isn't a guide book in any way, which is actually what I wanted when I bought this... but I am very pleased that I ended up with this also (if you want a guide book, get the 'Thru-Hikers Companion')... Along with the details of planning for my upcoming thru-hike,it is great to pick this book up and instead of dealing with technicalities I can just take my mind to the finer aspects of trail life, which is nice when I'm not planning. It is one of the few books I have ever started and actually finished all the way through before getting bored. -Contains vivid accounts of famous and not so famous thru hikes of the past, some humorous and some touching, and offers an unbiased view of just enjoying the trail regardless of all variables.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the read, lots of history and interesting stories of people on the trail. The book points out many ways to do the trail without stressing one method over another. Further enticed my desire to do the trail but this book is by no means a how to or a what you'll need type book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I just couldn't put this book down. Before I'd even finished the book, I decided that I was going to hike the Appalachian Trail. It covers all aspects of "thruhiking" the AT, not just facts but the feel. In August, I finished my thruhike and still feel that Luxenberg's book is right-on. If you love hiking and adventure, this book will give you future dreams.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Greg A. Locascio on April 10, 2006
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I read this book before my 2000 AT thru-hike and found the use of trail names confusing and kind of silly. I still feel that way now.

When I finished the trail I came back to this book and read the last chapter about adjusting to the real world. It really helped me cope with that difficult time when the daily endorphin rush ends, replaced by the confusion and noise of civilization.

In the final analysis, Luxenbourg talked to hundreds of hikers and did his best to convey a sense of what it is like to thru-hike. He mostly succeeds. Because the chapters are arranged by topic, with nothing connecting them, it is a great book to keep in the bathroom or coffee table, to pick up and look through when, Midwest-bound in winter, one longs for the trail.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
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This was the first book I read about hiking the Appalachian Trail, and I was entirely transformed by it. I have bought and read thirteen books on the subject since (but found none quite as enticing), and I have now hiked several sections of the trail. My longest has been a 75-mile stretch. Hopefully, I will one day become a thru-hiker.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bell on March 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Retired my backpack many years ago. I had thought about walking the A.T. but never did. Recently a work buddy suggested we thru-hike the trail on retirement in a few years.
Fortunately, this was the first book I read about the trail. This is not the definitive book about the trail but is an excellent motivator for day hiking or thru-hiking it. The author discusses many aspects of planning, walking and finishing but this is not a book about details. Informative and entertaining experiences of past hikers featured after every chapter are the focus of this book.
I have more reading and research to do about the A.T. Thanks to this book, the Good Lord Willing, I'll be at Springer Mountain for my thru-hike someday.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
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As a Thru Hiker of 2001, I have read most everything on the Appalachian Trail. This book gives not only facts about the AT, but is able to capture the life of the Trail, and its people. I haven't seen anything that captures the essence of the Trail so well since the newly released documentary, TREK
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