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    Thumbs up Then the Hail Came: Best Trail Journal EVER

    IF YOU WANT TO THRU-HIKE OR HAVE THRU-HIKED, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!

    Seriously, this is the BEST trail journal I have read, ever. It is poignant, hilarious, incredibly detailed, informative, eloquent, clever -- it's just awesome. It will have you crying and laughing with his ups and downs, like it did me. Has anyone else read it before? The guy hiked the trail in the early 80's, then when the computer age came along I guess he uploaded his old journal. Be sure to read the Prologue as well. It takes quite a lot of time to finish the entire thing, but it is worth it -- you won't be disappointed. It gets better as you go along too. But I'll let you know right away -- it's a novel, not a "how-to" instruction or a faceless description. It truly changed my life. Thanks to this, I know that I will thru-hike some day.

    http://www.skwc.com/exile/Hail-nf.html

    "Then the Hail Came" by George Steffanos

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    Thanks. I am oten looking for a good journal to get lost in. Sometimes they can be quite inspirational. I will check it out.
    The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..." Isaac Asimov

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    read it last fall - great read! just got Thoreau's "maine woods" last week - cant put it down

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    Try Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Wilderness and the American Mind and Scott Weidensaul's books. By the time you get through them, you will understand what the A.T. is really about better than 95% of those who have through hiked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerald View Post
    Try Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Wilderness and the American Mind
    Just googled that and ... nada.

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    "Then the hail came" is great.
    Emerald: "Wilderness and the American Mind and Scott Weidensaul's books." These look very interesting, thanks.

    Rain Man: "Just googled that and ... nada."
    http://www.amazon.com/Wilderness-Ame.../dp/0300029101
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_at_e...=relevancerank

    "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" ?? couldn't find it.

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    http://www.2000milehike.com/

    Here's another journal from 1983. Gonzo's "All in one Roll" Gonzo hiked with the author of Then the Hail Came. Both excellent reads.

    http://www.spiriteaglehome.com/THP%20top.html

    The above link is to "The Thru-hiking Papers" another excellent read for anyone planning a thru hike.
    "It was on the first of May, in the year 1769, that I resigned my domestic happiness for a time, and left my family and peaceable habitation on the Yadkin River, in North Carolina, to wander through the wilderness of America." - Daniel Boone

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    I agree on then the hail came. The title says it all.
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    Default Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowleopard View Post
    Hiking the Appalachian Trail ... couldn't find it.
    Hare, James R., ed. Hiking the Appalachian Trail. 2 vols. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1975.

    It's out-of-print. I received as a Christmas gift one of the last copies donated to ATC by Rodale Press in 1980. Someone else has it now. It may still contain the 1980 Amicalola Falls State Park brochure I used as a bookmark.

    Rain Man once recommended Alibris.com as a source for out-of-print books. You may be able to locate a copy for yourself there.
    Last edited by emerald; 03-09-2011 at 11:53.

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    Or check abebooks.com

    Here is a link for the 2 volume Hiking The Appalachian Trail set...

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...ts=t&x=49&y=11
    What? Me worry??

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    I just read the whole thing, it was good

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    Excellent read. And it's free! I put all of the chapters together into 1 PDF file and printed it in 3 "booklets". Again, excellent.
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    Great read, thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    Excellent read. And it's free! I put all of the chapters together into 1 PDF file and printed it in 3 "booklets". Again, excellent.
    For those of you with a Kindle or other e-reader I've created ebooks you can download.

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    I just finished! Great reading, thanks for sharing.

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    Wow, great journal. Honestly, it's probably the best "book" on the AT that I've read.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Smile

    What I found particularly funny is that I have a few minor connections to the author. I always felt appreciative of the beauty of nature in the same way he expressed his appreciation, and according to his website, he lives in Hamden -- I live just fifteen minutes up the road in Meriden. Also, I have a friend that works the weekend night-shift at an old gas station off of I-95 in New Haven, and he wrote that he had the exact same job, maybe even at the same gas station. Small world.

    And I'm glad you all like it. I've read this at least three times. It's just great, I can't believe it isn't published.
    Class of 2015, I'll see you soon.

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    I read all the way up to Vermont.
    It is well written.
    He is a bit too much of a doo-gooder for me.
    Claims to tell everyone they need to hike their own hike but continues to put down people who don't stop to enjoy the views (like him).
    But all in all, i enjoyed the read.
    In my mind, if i've seen 2 or 3 Pennsylvania views, I've seen them all. They are basically the same view. I came to hike, not veg out at some viewpoint so that I can say I saw them all. Just my 2 cents on a well written journal.
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    Wow, thanks so much. I'm always looking for a good trail journal to read.

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    Another really good trail journal, and as an added bonus -he's a member here, is Duct Tape's account. Great read.
    http://www.downthetrail.com/the-appalachian-trail/

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