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11-17-2007, 14:27
Just finished "Walking Home" by Kelly Winters. Excellent book. Next on my list, "There are Mountains to Climb" by Jean Deeds. Any other favorites out there? Anything to highly recommend? I can add to my x-mas wish list.

Just a Hiker
11-17-2007, 14:33
If you can find a two volume book set entitled "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" by James R. Hare, there are great stories by Dorothy Laker. She thru-hiked in 1957, 1964 and did a complete section hike between 1962 and 1972. I really like her story, and she is a good writer.

Just Jim

11-17-2007, 14:39
I just finished "In Beauty May She Walk", by Leslie Mass, this morning, and it was really good. I would highly recommend it.

Lone Wolf
11-17-2007, 14:39
www.funfreedom.com Jan Liteshoe's book

11-17-2007, 14:39
You'd probably like Cindy Ross's books. This ALDHA (http://www.aldha.org/ross.htm) link gives some info.

Technically, it's not the AT per se but by all means, read Jan LiteShoe's The Ordinary Adventure.

11-17-2007, 14:44
I enjoyed a very simple book:
A Woman's Journey on the Appalachian Trail, by Cindy Ross

I believe it is out of print, but still available from used book stores. Includes the authors ink sketches in place of photos. An easy read, but enjoyable.

Cindy also has written an enjoyable account (much longer) of her PCT adventure.

Uncle Silly
11-17-2007, 15:11
"A Season on the Appalachian Trail", by Lynn Setzer. It follows several hikers on their 1996 thruhikes. Setzer didn't thruhike herself, so it's not a hiker's memoir; still, it's an excellent book.

11-17-2007, 15:17
www.funfreedom.com (http://www.funfreedom.com) Jan Liteshoe's book

Agreed, it's a great book. But once she's north of Maine Junction (where the serious hiking begins :D), it's about the LT, not exactly the AT. Minor detail.

11-17-2007, 16:58
Alright guys, I'm not having this in the female forum.

11-17-2007, 17:04
The topic is female authors, the forum is Female hikers. Leave the testosterone out in the main forums or else.

I have removed all off topic posts, some of you were collateral damage (sorry about that).

Now back to your regularly scheduled thread already in progress. :)

11-17-2007, 17:54
Wow, guess I missed something! I also vote for "The Ordinary Adventurer" by LiteShoe!

Cabin Fever
11-17-2007, 22:48
"Walking the Dream" is a pretty good account of a woman's thru hike. It is written by Ellen Wolfe - a professor where I went to college.


11-17-2007, 23:15
I liked "Walking Home" as well, although some parts scared me a little bit, I liked Winter's honesty. You could try "A Journey North" by Adrienne Hall. There is some environmental conservation included, but the hiking narrative is well-written and poetic. And definitely read the Deeds book, it's really fun.

Just a Hiker
11-17-2007, 23:24
I liked "Walking Home" as well, although some parts scared me a little bit, I liked Winter's honesty. You could try "A Journey North" by Adrienne Hall. There is some environmental conservation included, but the hiking narrative is well-written and poetic. And definitely read the Deeds book, it's really fun.

"A Journey North" was a good read.......the book was her Master's Degree Thesis which is why there is a "Research Paper" overtone to it. I also enjoyed Winter's honesty in her book. She put it all out there and that took guts.

Just Jim

11-18-2007, 13:07
I'm working on one now, actually. :)

But read some of the others - Jean Deeds, Kelly Winters, Leslie Mass. I also liked White Blaze Fever - male author though. And Bill Irwin's book Blind Courage. Neither to me were macho-type he-man books but men that struggled with various trials yet were able to accomplish their goals.

11-18-2007, 18:15
heres the ones I cound find...










11-19-2007, 12:54
maybe not what you seem to want (a book about 'the experience'), but Victoria Logue (with husband Frank) wrote a book called "the Appalachian Trail Backpacker", and iirc, has written another, more from a woman's perspective... might give you an author to google, if nothing else.

11-19-2007, 15:28
Goodness you all are a wealth of knowledge! Thank you so, so much for the recommendations..I've compiled a list and even browsed Borders this morning and saw a few. Cuffs, thanks for the amazon list, I'm a frequent shopper and that helps. I have come to the right place! Set for reading thru the winter...Happy Thanksgiving to all...

Mr. Clean
11-23-2007, 06:20
"Always another mountain" by Danie Martin, aka "mouse".

11-23-2007, 07:45
How about the two books by the Barefoot Sisters!

The Adventures of the Barefoot Sisters - Book 1: Southbounders

The Adventures of the Barefoot Sisters - Book 2: Walking Home