I've love reading along the trail but after finishing Earl Shaffers' Walking with Spring, and having read Bryson and both Barefoot Sisters books plus Whiteblaze Fever, I started getting into other literature like Jack Kerouacs' On the Road and Herman Hesses' Siddhartha. I recommend reading some of the books on your life list but make sure they are not heavy books such as my last book: John Irvings' A Prayer for Owen Meany. I picked that 2 pound book up at Bryant Ridge Shelter (arguably the best shelter on the AT). It was a great read but I loved getting rid of it. Small paperbacks for me, if I can help it. There are people on the trail watching movies and tv shows on their iPods. No judgement but come on!
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Current: "Through Hiker's Eyes" - Lawrence Alexander (Not sure if it's available from B&N) Very humerous.
Best Collection: "Hiking The Appalachian Trail" Volumes One and Two. Published by Rodale. Long out of Print, but WELL worth the effort to find a copy at a library or on EBay.
Very good read for couples thru-hiking together
Solemates. Wonderful couples thru-hike read
The Appalachian Trail Reader, an old favorite.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Kahlil Gibran
its all good
I have read most I can get my hands on (can't actually get to the trail easily so feeding my Springer fever every way I can).
Walking With Spring
As Far As the Eye Can See
AWOL on the AT (Proof you can do it with blisters and worse)
are all very good.
But my personal favourite that seems to give me the most personal insight is On The Beaten Path (Rubin).
I enjoyed the Barefoot Sisters: "Southbound"and the sequel "Walking Home".
I'm fixing to read "AWOL".
Planning Mid-March NOBO Thru-hike 2013.
In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at Age 60
Author/hiker is a 60 year old woman. I guess it's like a trail journal although I haven't read too many of those yet. Very engaging and well written in my opinion.
Southbound on the Appalachian Trail
Author/hiker is a 30+/- year old man. He goes back and forth between trail journal and chapters offering advice/perspectives. Again, engaging and well written, advice never got overbearing, at least not to me.
Gotta add 300 Zeros to the list. Really liked that one.
Thanks for your help folks. Just checked out 4 titles from HBs Cyber Cafe Library.
Walking with Spring
Just Passing Thru
That should hold me over for a couple of months.
And you thought all we do at the Cafe was throw bullets, climb 6' walls, and filter water, and tell bad jokes.
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ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: ... Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit..... Numbers 35