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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935597191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935597193
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike . . . In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey. Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society
In 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a professional hiker s preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.
David Miller is the author of "The A.T. Guide," a guidebook for hiking the Appalachian Trail that is updated annually. He has worked as a software engineer, handyman, and writer. He lives in Titusville, Florida, with his wife and three children. For more information about hiking the Appalachian Trail, please visit www.theatguide.com.
" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Miller is a software engineer, handyman, and writer. His book The A.T. Guide, which is updated annually, is considered a leading guidebook for those wishing to hike the Appalachian Trail. The author, his wife, and their three children reside in Titusville, Florida.


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Great story about writes experiences at the AT
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interesting account. Obviously difficult to vary the format as the trail by definition can be monotonous, but a good read.
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By R. J. Hole VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2011
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I thought this would be an interesting book for me. I like walking, running, fell-walking, etc. However, I found this description of it to be repetitive. After I had been reading for many trail weeks I didn't find much to distinguish one day from another. Maybe that is the truth of lomg distance hiking, but I suspect there is more to it than that. Too much it was mundane: which hikers he saw each day, what he ate, where he slept, what aches and pains he had. We don't learn that much about AWOL (his "trail name") the person. Before I read this I fancied the idea of walking the Apallachian Trail but now it seems an empty experience.
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By R. Gardner VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2011
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I enjoyed the book though I thought there were somethings that could have added much more to the enjoyment. Also there are a number of other books on the market about
the same subject, one by a well known author with much more characterisation and humour, though he did not do the whole trip. That apart, I thought it gave
a good account of the trials and tribulations that happen when you undertake a huge commitment to complete an adventure like this, The second half of the
book I got the feeling that the author was more at home with himself and obviously much more confident in the day to day events. this was reflected in the
better descriptive text of what his environment was and people met. One thing that did come over was it seemed to be wet for a lot of the time, as well as a lot of trees,
I have to admire him and any one else who completes the task... for anyone thinking about going or even just to see what some one on the trail will experience,
I would say to that person, read it and enjoy..
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By D. Elliott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2011
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The Appalachian Trail, known simply as the AT, stretches for almost 2,200 miles in the United States from Georgia to Maine; passing through the States of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. It was conceived in 1921 and completed in 1937 but really came into its own in the 1960s as the first National Scenic Trail; and by the early 1970s a permanent route was way-marked. The AT is famous amongst long distance hikers who may be thru-hikers walking the trail in its entirety, or section-hikers completing stages. Author David Miller resigned from his job (hence pseudonym AWOL) and completed as a thru-hiker in 2003. Surprisingly little is made of his older brother completing as a thru-hiker in 1981.

David Miller describes the AT marked by white blazes and side trail blue blazes plus connections for hitch-hiking to nearby towns for supplies, and he explains the ethics of persevering whatever the trials of terrain or weather, and in spite of injuries or illness, or hazards of bears, snakes etc. There are numerous hikers on the AT each year, generally adopting trail names, and David Miller refers to many of those he met as he recounts anecdotes humorously and honestly. His writing commences slowly in pragmatic and material manner but readers are intimately drawn closer as narrative develops along the way to more natural and descriptive.

In detailing the route David Miller tells of the huge volunteer input as well as formal organisations behind maintenance of the AT with provision of shelters and campsites plus `trail magic' as assistance from strangers. In addition there is much advice on preparation, equipment, safety etc.
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I've read several books and articles on hiking the AT. I've also hiked a few long distance treks (although my 250 mile max is only a 10th of the ATs 2000!) so can feel for the protagonists. This captures the camaraderie of a group trail hike well, and dispels some of the myths about the dangers - wet tree roots and loose boulders proving far more dangerous than bears for example. Much of the equipment used will seem strange to UK or even European trekkers, as will the idea of open sided shelters and only using a tarp' rather than a full tent. But the general feel of the hike, the reactions from trail-side strangers, and the philosophical musings will all be familiar.
The photography is disappointing and it seems a shame that in re-issuing the book Amazon didn't go the extra step of providing a few high quality photo pages rather than the low res newspaper style images we have here. But then, in 2003 the digital camera quality was a lot poorer than today so maybe the originals are not good enough. I read this while on a luxury cruising holiday and the contrast between the AT and my holiday could not have been greater, but the end result was that I wanted to get off the boat and pull on my boots. And, in fact, that's exactly what I did the first weekend after we got back - truly inspiring writing for the keen outdoorsman (or woman) or even those who just aspire to be...
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By Scotty Mac TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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I have nothing but admiration for anyone who a) gives up the rat race to fulfill a dream and b) pushes their body to the max ! This is not a self-indulgent book, rather it's an honest account of a journey. The descriptions of the trek are vivid and very enjoyable. There's humour and humility in the descriptions of fellow trekkers which is a real joy - they keep popping up in the book and you get quite attached to their journey as well.
David does delve a little deeper into his reasoning for the trip and also explores his emotions along the way, but it's not at all mushy. You honestly feel every step and will him to complete the trek. A really good travel read - easy to pick up and leave for a few days, but also compelling and there were times when it was hard to put down !
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