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Appalachian Trials: The Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail Kindle Edition
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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.
These hikers quit their jobs; they save for years; they sacrifice relationships; they pour over gear books and become permanent fixtures on Whiteblaze.net. And yet, fewer than 15-20% of hikers actually hike all 2200 miles. They fail in their quest.
Appalachian Trials should be renamed in my opinion. Yes, it is about the psychological and emotional factors that propel one hiker to finish while another will not - but it isn't the typical psycho-babble. Instead, it focuses on the factors that make people quit and instead steers them toward surviving the Appalachian Trail.
I loved this book and read it in one day. It is one of the best books on the Appalachian Trail that I've purchased. When you consider the HUGE expense of taking 5-7 months out of your life; of the thousands spent on hiking gear and on the (at least) $4000 it will cost you in food and hostels - it only makes sense to buy a book that will realistically address the issues that may prevent you from reaching your goal. Likewise, it will make you take a long look to examine what this hike entails. You may decide that the emotional, physical, and financial cost of hiking the Appalachian Trail is simply too great... or it may make you want it all the more.
All that said, being from VA, it truly bothers me that you've stated the rock scramble on the Triple Crown as "Devil's Tooth" when it's DRAGON'S TOOTH. I believe you may have combined the Devil's Backbone Restaurant work Dragons Tooth.