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gunn parker
12-20-2008, 04:30
Hi All
Who has written your favorite trailjournals, journal?
I have read some but wanted to read a few more.

12-20-2008, 05:43
My personal faves are Marta/Five Leaf, Certain, Persistent, Troll/Anchor/Oblivious, and Roots.

Lone Wolf
12-20-2008, 08:04

Tin Man
12-20-2008, 08:14
lw beat me to it. ms is informative and entertaining. looking forward to following his hike. there may even be a thread here. :)

gunn parker
12-20-2008, 08:44
Wow, MinnesotaSmith & Faithwalker's 2009 Appalachian Trail Journal will be one to read for sure. Thanks for that one :)

12-20-2008, 09:54
No question in my mind. Datto's journal was the best. I looked forward to each new post.

12-20-2008, 10:15
http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=8057You ain't right, LW.

12-20-2008, 10:24
thanks for asking the question Gunn and Hootch for the answer. I've been reading Marta's posts for a while now and am now enjoying her self deprecating humor in her through hike journal.


12-20-2008, 10:24
I've read a bunch, but my all-time favorites are Birdlegs from 2007 and Break-a-leg from 2005.

12-20-2008, 10:38
Jan Liteshoe's, for sure. She also wrote a great book (The Ordinary Adventurer) about her thru hike of The Long Trail. You can get it on the Green Mountain Club's web site.

12-20-2008, 10:44

Vegas morning line: 200-1 :D

12-20-2008, 11:01

this has always been one of my favorites, from 1983. A couple of books I would recommend are Jan Liteshoe's, already mentioned, and Model T's book, "Walking on the Happy Side of Misery" I think you can find them both at Amazon.com

12-20-2008, 11:34
Marta, Bama, and MinnesotaSmith & Faithwalker's

12-20-2008, 11:52
Jan Liteshoe's, for sure.........
Dunno how I forgot about that one. I've read some of Jan's, she's an excellent author.

Red Hat
12-20-2008, 12:14
Big Red's from 2003 was the other one I read that year (Jan's being the first)

12-20-2008, 15:20

this has always been one of my favorites, from 1983/quote]

I was going to suggest this one, too. Hands down, my favorite AT journal online.

12-20-2008, 16:27
This guy hiked this year. He has some good videos

12-20-2008, 19:47
Lady Cluck's from 2008 is very good.


12-20-2008, 19:51
Stumpknocker any year and Gatorgump 07.

12-20-2008, 19:59
Stumpknocker any year and Gatorgump 07.

I forgot about Gatorgump 07. His was also very good.

12-20-2008, 22:20
Thanks, folks.

Here's another vote for Liteshoe's and Stumpknocker's. I also like Skittles'.

Christus Cowboy
12-20-2008, 23:35
I really enjoyed Jangles trailjournal and I though Big Red's was pretty informative as well......

12-21-2008, 00:33
I enjoyed reading Jangles (http://www.trailjournals.com/janehollingsworth) too. You might read Chardonnay, Mouse or Baro's book to learn more about the latter portion of her hike.

12-21-2008, 00:38
A.T. enthusiasts facinated by the natural world are likely to enjoy Southgate (http://www.trailjournals.com/southgate).

12-21-2008, 00:40
For a journal about a family hike, read Blissful (http://www.trailjournals.com/blissful).

12-21-2008, 01:17

I really enjoy reading Gopher's stuff. Link to his AT hike is above.

And thanks for starting this thread. It's great to learn he did the PCT this year. I'm so jealous.

Christus Cowboy
12-21-2008, 18:38
I enjoyed reading Jangles (http://www.trailjournals.com/janehollingsworth) too. You might read Chardonnay, Mouse or Baro's book to learn more about the latter portion of her hike.

Hey Shades.... I forgot to put that in my last post but I had also read Chardonnay's journal as well.... and just got Baro's book in this last week and am currently reading it.... but you are right Cardonnay's was a good read too.... I haven't read Mouse's journal yet but read it when I'm done with Baro's book...... I guess Jangles hit a chord with me because I related so closely to her faith.... and I enjoyed Big Red's journal because of the physical challenges he faced and overcame in his thru.... Alot of journals I've read haven't really been that good but every once in a while you come across a real inspiring and informative journal out there which really touches your heart.

I do believe that alot of people view a thru-hike but from the standpoint of logistical challenge but as I've read more journals, I've come to see that there many more dynamics in play on the trail as well..... which is why I read journals to begin with.....

12-21-2008, 18:58

this has always been one of my favorites, from 1983....

I definitely second (third?) your recommendation of George Steffanos' journal. I believe he wrote it with the intention of eventually publishing it as a book, and it would be a good one!

12-27-2008, 10:35
Singlemalt, 1999. Friggin hysterical.

12-27-2008, 10:46
well i wont say this person turned me on to the AT in the first place but reading his journal made me actualy think about it being a reality one day, i forget the link but on trailjournals its under the name "DragonsBreath" something like that

12-27-2008, 11:33
I just thought of a great name for a journal website... packsniffers.com :p

Lone Wolf
12-27-2008, 11:35

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12-27-2008, 15:39
Gatorgump's was my favorite journal from 2007, Wrongway wrote a good one for 08.

Pirate has made MS famous at Neel's Gap.


12-27-2008, 18:21
Another vote for Stumpknocker's journal.