A Walk in the Woods,
This review is from: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Mass Market Paperback)
This is not a reverent account of hiking the Appalachian Trail, and it doesn't come even close to a gear and procedure report. Bryson inclines to the humorous, moreso in early chapters, along with patches of solemn ecological lectures and explosive sneering scorn at what he sees as stupidity. His hiking companion is a literary simplification for comedic effect. I sense Mark Twain's Roughing It far in the background.
Bryson is an excellent writer, but if this is what hiking the Appalachian Trail is like, I'll pass.