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A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail, 3rd Edition Paperback – September 12, 2009
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ENLIGHTENING and INSPIRING.
Blue Ridge Outdoors
"...There are numerous books on hiking the Appalachian Trail, but Alt tells the story best..."
Maine Outdoor Journal
Alt reflects on how sleeping with a skunk, being chased by a bear, charged by a bull, blisters, insects, and weird food cravings changed him in profound and positive ways.
The News-Press, FL
"Alt nails the Trail experience. A WALK FOR SUNSHINE shares top billing on my book list."
-- Dale Boweman, THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES
"Alt's words amply convey the camaraderie among fellow hikers, the beauty of the eastern mountains, and the hardships on the Appalachian Trail.
-- Walt Young, THE OUTDOOR TIMES
"If you're looking for an adventurous, humorous, and inspirational read, try "A WALK FOR SUNSHINE."
-- Don DeNEVI, Book Reviewer
"Some of the most engaging stories in Alt's book are about eating while on the trail...THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL DIET."
-- Sylvia Carter, Newsday
"With humility and charm, Alt tells his tale with awe for the people and his surroundings...inspiring and entertaining."
-- Todays Librarian
"You will appreciate this story strewn with laughter at nature's antics and stark realities of life. I thouroughly enjoyed this book."
-- Karen Martin, NATURE SOCIETY NEWS
"a fascinating story...A WALK FOR SUNSHINE is absorbing, humorous, and an inspiring true life adventure travelogue."
-- THE INTERNET BOOK WATCH
"A WALK FOR SUNSHINE continues to touch the lives of those who read it.
-- Douglas Siebenaler, Sunshine Incorporated
Jeff combined a physical challenge with a worthwhile cause and ended up with a personal victory." -- --Jean Deeds, author, There are Mountains to Climb
About the Author
Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel and more. Alt is a talented speaker and award-winning author. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Alt has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a swath of Ireland.
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After reading this book I felt myself with a much lighter attitude about life, this author is contagious in a good way. This book is simple yet page turning, I could feel myself on this hike with Jeff and didn't want it to end! This is probably the best AT book I have read so far as I really enjoy those kinds of books. A light and easy read that I'm sure I'll reread as time goes on. Inspiring story as well for the fact he did this for his brother.
I enjoyed his stories and accountings, and thought he did a super job of describing the fellow hikers he encountered -- some of them very colorful characters, as are found on the AT. Very well done! He never offered judgment about others who didn't complete the entire distance. He also gave credit to others where due.
He gave well-deserved credit to his "team," who supported him in various ways in his endeavor. Congrats to Jeff for the great contribution he made to his family and a wonderful charity! I would like to know this guy!
(And, oh, how I have dreamed of hiking the AT myself -- but that's another story.)
1. Despite the fact that he is doing this for charity, the charity aspect is only part of his reason for hiking the trail, and he does not turn the book into a salespitch.
2. The book is not endless complaints about life on the trail.. He hurt his ankle at the point I am at now, and if he is complaining about it, then he is doing a good job of hidign it.
3. I know exactly where he is on the trail throughout the entire book so far.
4. He developes relationships with other hikers and talks about them in the book.
5. He sticks to the trail and his experiences on it. I haven't read a self-indulgent diatribe riddled soapbox like I have in so many other books.
Great book so far and I can't wait to continue on!