- Paperback: 209 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539803503
- ISBN-13: 978-1539803508
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most helpful aspect of Megan's book for me was how she prepared for her journey. I especially appreciated the lists and discussions of gear and supplies. Also, the many descriptions of section hikes in every state helped me to see what is doable for me. What to expect both on and after the trail physically, mentally and emotionally is invaluable information for anyone. Some readers might be put off by the many mentions of drinking and partying but everyone "hikes their own hike", as they say. And if I was in my 20's instead of my 60's.....well, who knows?
Anyways. I liked the book a lot because, guess what, I want to hike the Appalachian Trail and I am a girl. So it was great to read about her experience and relate it to how mine might be, even though she and I seem to be polar opposites. I am very antisocial and introverted, but this book made me think that the trail would be the perfect place to remedy that. I loved learning about the gear, the locations, etc.
The writing itself is not that good (there are also spelling/grammar and typing errors, but I can overlook those). There is no flowery language, which is also fine (even preferable), but the author is not very descriptive of her surroundings. In a place you think would inspire poetic-ness, she lacks it entirely. It's like "I did this. Then we went over here. The mountain was extremely beautiful. I ate ice cream." There didn't seem to be any emotion instilled in anything. It's like reading a report she wrote about the hike and nothing like reading a memoir. Informative, enjoyable, and hiking the trail is certainly an impressive feat--but this book is not an impressive piece of writing.
If you are totally new to the Appalachian Trail and are considering a hike, I think you will enjoy this book. Bottom line, its educational...not emotional. And I wanted educated, but I also appreciate beautiful writing.
The adventure half of the book does include some details that some others will not agree with, including drug & alcohol use, shortcutting past parts of the trail, etc. but I do not think this takes anything away from the book at all. Rather, it is an honest account, and shows a genuine perspective of a young woman hiking the trail and how it changed her. We all have our own backgrounds and make our own choices, but I commend the author on keeping it real and not making it sugar-coated fiction. A thru hike will change anyone, and you don't know what choices you will personally make, or even if you will make it through, until you are out there doing it yourself.
If she wants to be recognized as a serious writer, she could have included the beauty of the trail and some references to historical aspects of the trail.
No, black bears are not aggressive normally; however, they are a wild animal and respected as such. They can be unpredictable and one should stay out of their way as much as possible. Attacks on humans are rare but they do occur. The author may give hikers the wrong impression by saying they are cute and will not hurt you.
All in all, hike your own hike and all, but lack of detail is really where this book has its shortcoming.
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Enjoyed the descriptions of her fellow hikers. Nice to see a story about a woman who hiked solo