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Zoooma
12-30-2009, 16:31
Some hikers might wanna do some AT-related reading
before hitting the trail...

but there are soooo many books out there... which to get???

So I'm wondering if some of y'all might wanna recommend your
Top 3 Favorite books about the AT.

Anyone? Thanks!

Ender
12-30-2009, 16:33
I always suggest "Walking with Spring" by Earl Shaffer... it's the first and the classic.

rhjanes
12-30-2009, 16:43
AWOL on the AT.

BitBucket
12-30-2009, 16:50
Definitely Winton Porter's new book "Just Passin Thru"..."AWOL on the AT" is another personal favorite...and on everybody's list (one way or the other) "A Walk in the Woods"

tagg
12-30-2009, 16:54
I enjoyed "Just Passin' Thru" (a very fast read) and "AWOL on the AT" (good details, reads like a journal) as mentioned above, but I recently finished "As Far as the Eye Can See" by David Brill, and really enjoyed it.

Spokes
12-30-2009, 17:15
Obviously any "previous year" Trailjournals.com journal. I'd suggest looking for ones with the most number of daily post and picture counts. Many here have recommended specific ones in previous threads.

Happy reading!

CrumbSnatcher
12-30-2009, 17:30
Obviously any "previous year" Trailjournals.com journal. I'd suggest looking for ones with the most number of daily post and picture counts. Many here have recommended specific ones in previous threads.

Happy reading!
i like this response,maybe more what you need for prehike reading.
after hiking the trail already, i like to read other thruhiking books like
awol on the A.T.
BEARFOOT A NORTHBOUNDER
iron toothpick
walking on the happy side of misery-model t
skywalker on the AT
just to name a few. loved waliking with spring,but so much of the trail has been relocated its hard to match up what your reading and with what you remember. if that makes any sense? i have enjoyed hiking a few of the old brown blazes!!! gene espys book & steve garvey the appalachian trail, are great too.

Rocket
12-30-2009, 17:33
Long Distance Hiking; Lessons from the AT, by Roland Mueser. A Walk in The Woods & AWOL on the AT. All excellent reading.

trippclark
12-30-2009, 17:42
I cannot narrow it to three, but my four favorite, in no particular order, have got to be . . .

"Through Hiker's Eyes" - Larry "Baro" Alexander (both volumes)
"Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" - J.R. "Model-T" Tate
"AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" - David "AWOL" Miller
"A Walk in the Woods" - Bill Bryson

CrumbSnatcher
12-30-2009, 17:56
the appalachian trail part 1 & 2
have the stories of the first 50-2,000 milers by rodale press.
1,000 pages each.

humunuku
12-30-2009, 18:23
Barefoot sisters - southbound
As far as the eye can see

emerald
12-30-2009, 19:38
For the entire list and details about each title, click on its URL.

http://www.booksforhikers.com/appalachian-trail

emerald
12-30-2009, 19:45
the appalachian trail part 1 & 2 have the stories of the first 50-2,000 milers by rodale press. 1,000 pages each.


Hare, James R., ed. Hiking the Appalachian Trail. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OR3W90?ie=UTF8&tag=fromolearthw-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B000OR3W90)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=fromolearthw-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000OR3W90 2 vols. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1975.

Erin
12-30-2009, 22:12
Ditto, the Barefoot Sisters, "southbound". I just ordered Volume 2. "Walking Home"
Bryson is fun. ""A walk in the Woods" Open a can of worms, but parts of it are laugh out loud.
But one of the best is "A Season on the AT" by Lynn Setzer. Based on thru accounts from the rainy 1996 season. That is the book that got me interested.
Good reads are also histories of the area.

emerald
12-30-2009, 23:14
http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4914753/k.C511/History.htm (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4914753/k.C511/History.htm)

emerald
12-30-2009, 23:16
http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4805677/k.8E5C/Hiking_Links.htm (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4805677/k.8E5C/Hiking_Links.htm)

Click above and scroll down for links to "The Thruhiking Papers" and recommended journals including the popular "Then the Hail Came" by George Steffanos.

Journals like books vary over quite a range and preferences vary.

GeneralLee10
12-30-2009, 23:18
I always suggest "Walking with Spring" by Earl Shaffer... it's the first and the classic.

My wife just got me that book for X-Mas can't wait to read it.

CrumbSnatcher
12-30-2009, 23:26
Hare, James R., ed. Hiking the Appalachian Trail. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OR3W90?ie=UTF8&tag=fromolearthw-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B000OR3W90)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=fromolearthw-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000OR3W90 2 vols. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1975.
thanks emerald!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

emerald
12-30-2009, 23:33
Add Books for Hikers (http://www.booksforhikers.com/appalachian-trail) to your Favorites and information about AT books will be only a click away. I clicked, copied and pasted.

Its URL is also in WhiteBlaze's links (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/links/index.php?).

Diamond Diggs
12-31-2009, 00:11
i really enjoyed:

"walking with spring"
"as far as the eye can see"
"just passin' thru"