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alaska moose
01-21-2008, 09:22
Any good books to read on starting to hike?

01-21-2008, 09:56
The preeminent Librarian/Hiker has a great website:

01-21-2008, 10:01
Thanks for that link, I've been wondering the same as a. moose.

01-21-2008, 10:17
For a tale of starting to hike, "The Ordinary Adventurer," by Jan Leitschuh can hardly be topped.

01-21-2008, 10:23
I'll second that, and i am now on "day 10".... :)

01-21-2008, 16:52
Colin Fletcher's Complete Walker IV

Lone Wolf
01-21-2008, 17:02
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

01-21-2008, 17:14
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

Quite a humorous book.


01-21-2008, 18:50
When I started about 10 years ago, I went to the Backpackers Shop in Sheffield, OH. I bought a Gregory pack and the salesman said you've gotta have this book: Trailside Guide, Hiking and Backpacking by Karen Berger. He was right. It was an excellent resource and had a waterfroof green cover. I see there is a new edition and she has a few other books. Happy Trails.........BrotherAL

01-21-2008, 18:58
I, like Lone Wolf, loved Bryson's book, but wouldn't recommend it as a Hiking and backpacking guide. Although, you could learn a great deal from their misadventures. I should dig it out and read it again. :banana:banana

Spirit Walker
01-21-2008, 22:22
Karen Berger and Chris Townsend both write good books on backpacking, both do ones at a complete beginner level and ones at a level for those beginning to plan long hikes.

01-22-2008, 00:58
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

+1 This is a great book IMO. I'm not too big of a reader but I read this book in about 2 days (which is amazing for me) and when I got finished I went back and read the last chapter again because I didnt want it to be over lol. If I didnt have to return it back to the library I would of read it again, without a doubt.

alaska moose
01-22-2008, 08:51
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

I'm reading that one right now, I love it!:D

01-22-2008, 14:38
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

Best book ever written about the Appalachian Trail.

01-23-2008, 08:05
ED Garvey's book

01-23-2008, 19:10
See if your library has the 2 volume set "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" by the Rodale Press (now out of print). Be sure to read the accounts of Dorothy Laker's (recently deceased :() 3 thru hikes. Plus lots of other good accounts.

01-24-2008, 08:20
a walk for sunshine by jeff alt is a great book not so much for learning but it will deffinitly put you in the spirit to stomp out some miles