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How to Hike the A.T.: The Nitty-Gritty Details of a Long-Distance Trek Paperback – December 17, 2008
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For anyone thinking about a long hike, or who wants to learn about hikers and the culture, this is the place to begin.
Little is more important than sellecting a good pack. The author does not fairly state the advantages and disavantages between internal and external packs. To say that the external frame pack was used mainly between the 50's and the 70's on the AT is totally misleading and incorrect. External frame packs have been the backbone of hiking the AT. They still should be considered, when choosing a good durable, sturdy, highly useable, yet comfortable pack for a thruhike.
For good reading, to help you select the best pack for your Tru Hike, I would recomend, Long Distant Hiking, Lessons from the AT by Roland Mueser, Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook by William Kemsley Jr. or The Appalachian Trail Hiker by Victoria and Frank Logue,
After becoming well informed, go to a GOOD pack shop and try on the various packs you read about. Don't be pressured into buying the pack that the salesperson is currently pushing. Know for your self what to look for in a good pack and why. Your salesperson may be into the current fad of Ultra Lite Backpacking, but is a super lite, one large pocket frameless pack, your best choice for a tru hike?.
The rest of the book is very well written and I recomend it highly.
An additional bonus is the lists the author supplies of websites and suppliers to research for more detailed information. I have filled a notebook with details from the book and other sites the author has sent me to. This book has proved to be a must read for me and for anyone who is planning or dreaming of one day walking the AT.
The book has a lot of basic information for the non-hiker who wants to tackle the AT.
Using this book will get you off on the right foot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like all surveys it has aged a little.
Too often it does not explore differences --eg ponchos vs rain gear, it just tells you they exist. Read more
My husband is currently planning a trip to the PCT, but want to conquer the AT next. I bought him books on both and he really likes the level of detail and data that he is finding... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MEAGAN M ANDERSON
A nice reasonably comprehensive guide that is to easy read with some humor.Published 4 months ago by RGMod
This is one of the two best books out there explaining what you're in for and the logistical choices you will need to make...beforehand and while on the trail.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very tedious reading, had to skip ahead quite a bit. The author goes into extensive detail on everything from getting your finances in order before leaving on a hike. Read morePublished 5 months ago by abbiblu
very informative, great addition to your AT library and will help prepare you!Published 7 months ago by Mary Rose