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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
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Top Customer Reviews
I found that the author is very skilled at describing the situations and circumstances that challenged him throughout his time on the trail. He easily describes to the reader how those challenges led to some greater realizations for him. He was able to utilize that new knowledge and cultivate it to fuel his over all success on the trail. It is filled with great stories, detailed experiential situations, and practical exercises. The intent to immerse the reader in the knowledge that this book is easily achieved. It is a book with a manual type feel. The author not only speaks of the what you should do and how to go about doing it, but even as importantly is the insights on what not to do as well.
Throughout the book the author points the reader in the direction of additional resources in which to enhance one's understanding of the trail, meditation, hostel's etc. It is such a great book.
Personally I would not attempt the AT, or any other distance hike with proper emotional and mental preparation. Q: What is the most important piece of hiking gear? A: The brain.
I enjoyed the book, and I am really glad that I read it.
It's a must for every hiker.
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.
Last year fell on my hip and my knee. Landed on rocks of course and my knee took about 4 months to heal. Oh well such is life.