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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail Paperback – 26 Aug 2010
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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..
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.Read more ›
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...
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 !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book kept me enthralled throughout. It was just the right mixture of trail life, scenery hardship, camaraderie and practical details.Published 4 months ago by Rob Sedgwick
Well written thoroughly good book couldn't put it down liked all the stories of friends he met on the trail and that his family were behind him all the way also the stories of his... Read morePublished 5 months ago by craig everton
Very entertaining but why damage you feet so badly..? Recommend the read.Published 5 months ago by The Old Badger
A Great story well told. I love the way he talks about the trail and the experience, the people he met, etc. Inspiring read.Published 8 months ago by S
It's an interesting read about the day to day experience of walking such a long trail. It's *not* a guide book, it's not really even a "how to" book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by N_Thorpe63
Enjoyed this book, probably more than the Cheryl Strayed book 'Wild' as it offered more insight into the actual rigours and practicalities of long distance trail walking (in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by manxseasider