- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Good Badger Publishing (February 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985090103
- ISBN-13: 978-0985090104
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide To Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail (Volume 1) Paperback – February 8, 2012
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About the Author
Zach Davis is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, writer, and uncompromising dream chaser with a passionate disdain for convention. You can read more of his adventures at http://www.theGoodBadger.com
Top Customer Reviews
Zach Davis' wit and humor bring his story and advice alive, creating a pleasing and entertaining read. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone planning a long-distance backpacking trip, not only for the mental exercises contained within, but also for the bundle of laughs his humor excites.
And don't worry, for all you gear junkies out there... there is also a section devoted to this very topic. There is a contribution from an hiker who has completed both the AT and the PCT. He shared his vast knowledge, complete with a gear checklist.
I definitely recommend this book if you are considering any long distance hike.
I live about 45 minutes from Springer Mtn. I'm in these woods often doing short 4-5 day section hikes by myself(my preference). Have met many people on the trail. Everything Zach talks about in the book resonates truth. There's no sugar coating or embelishing life on the trail in this book. I couldn't tell you how many books I've read on hiking, gear, nature and social aspects of life on the trail. Never have I picked up a book like this one(read the book).
I often dream of doing a thru-hike while reading these stories. Living vicariously through the eyes of the author. I say that because I'm 50 years young. In descent shape for an old fart, have a job, wife, daughter in college(not cheap). It's just not the thing a responsible dude does, right. Wrong! After reading Zach's book, I've got a fire lit under my bum like never before.
Many of the lessons, and daily rituals Zach talks about(read the book), I currently practice. ie: meditation, acceptance, this too shall pass. I learned them from a little group I belong to that will remain anaonymous.
Well Zach, thanks for the shove. I'm doing this! I have the gear; I'll make the time; I've been section hiking for several years, and now, after reading your book, I know I have the mental fortitude to laugh in the face of misery.Read more ›
Pick a copy up for yourself or send it as a gift to your outdoorsy friends!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on the paper copy, in fact, I might need more than one... one for my guest room, one for my bookshelf and one to carry when the battery on my phone dies and I can't open my Kindle app!
Well Done, Zach Davis! Thank you for sharing your brilliance and insight on an aspect of hiking that is just as important, if not more important, than your physical strength.
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!!
Appalachian Trials: The Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail BUY IT! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far so good. Really easy read that has brought up lots of point that I had not thought of. My AT trip is 10 years out (retirement) and this is exactly what I need to start... Read morePublished 3 days ago by jake
reluctantly purchased this book after being convinced by its many glowing reviews. I was disappointed to find it extremely short and filled with cliche and platitudes. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this because I want to through hike the Appalachian Trail, and know that psychological preparation is probably at least as important as physical preparation. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Willow
This is a great book that concerns itself with the mental and emotional preparation that many thru hikers neglect in their many preparations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BigOakTree
I'm only half way through but it's excellent and real and inspiring. Thanks Zach Davis...KMVPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm glad I found this. We are planning our thru-hike for 2018, but we are facing many challenges prior to our departure. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sbabc1
Great read. Davis takes you into the Thru-Hikers psyche and let's you glimpse at the pain and the joy of the AT. Must read for any prospective hiker trash.Published 3 months ago by Vincent Carden