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A Journey North: One woman's story of hiking the Appalachian Trail

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Hiking 2,159 miles from Georgia to Maine was not my idea...I was not a lost youth searching for an identity. I was not retired and looking for a new way to spend my time. I was not sorting through death or divorce. I was not recently fired from a job. The truth is, my boyfriend asked me on a date. So begins the story of one young woman's journey along the legendary Appalachian Trail. What starts as a date turns into the experience of a lifetime as Adrienne Hall faces blinding snowstorms, flooded rivers, and ...

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Hiking 2,159 miles from Georgia to Maine was not my idea...I was not a lost youth searching for an identity. I was not retired and looking for a new way to spend my time. I was not sorting through death or divorce. I was not recently fired from a job. The truth is, my boyfriend asked me on a date. So begins the story of one young woman's journey along the legendary Appalachian Trail. What starts as a date turns into the experience of a lifetime as Adrienne Hall faces blinding snowstorms, flooded rivers, and seemingly endless mountaintops. Yet despite the physical and mental hardships, she finds her commitment to her hiking companion and the AT experience growing with every mile. When she emerges from her trip - a million footsteps, countless candy bars, and one engagement proposal later - Adrienne has lived an adventure that few will ever know. Written with warmth, insight, and a keen sense of observation, A Journey North is a personal story about discovering what it means to hike the amazing corridor of wilderness that is the Appalachian Trail. (6 x 9 1/4, 224 pages, case bound)

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Asked on a "date" by her boyfriend Craig, Adrienne Hall took off with him on a six-month adventure, walking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in the spring and summer of 1996. Her book is a tale of unrelenting blisters, bone pain, and miserable weather, interspersed with rare moments of beauty, love, and a sense of accomplishment. While the book focuses on their day-to-day slog up the continent, she often interrupts her story to discuss the history and current condition of the trail. These little essays are not always successfully integrated into the narrative, but by the end she has made an overwhelming argument for the preservation of this strip of trail that cuts across some of the most populated areas in the country. Although the trail, even now, does not provide a true wilderness experience, it does offer an alternative to the sprawl and vulgarization of the countryside. The values it inspires in those who hike all or a part of it are precious, Hall argues, and could be lost forever if the trail is further degraded. Just the trail's existence is an important element in the national conversation about the place of nature in the world of man. Hall's style is engaging and unpretentious. Every reader will respond to the hardships she and Craig voluntarily endured and enjoy her stories of fellow hikers and some of the generous people she met in trailside villages. But it's her descriptions of the polluted vistas and degraded environment that make the most lasting impact. The author has made her personal journey a warning for us all about the kind of world we are making for ourselves. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advancedstudents, and adults. 2000, Globe Pequot Press/Appalachian Mountain Club, 197p, maps, 23cm, 00-021504, $14.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Michael P. Healy; English Teacher, Wood River H.S. Hailey, ID (7a), May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
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The adventure of hiking the Appalachian Trail has already been described in many guidebooks, inspirational accounts (Jean Deed's There Are Mountains To Climb), and humorous stories (Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods). Hall (Backpacking: A Woman's Guide) has managed to combine all three of those genres into one excellent narrative that depicts Hall's experience of hiking the trail with her boyfriend from Georgia to Maine and also discusses the trail's historical background as well as the issues it currently faces. Although Hall may get up on the environmental soapbox a little too often, her narrative keeps the reader turning the pages. Entertaining, well written, and informative, this book will appeal both to those contemplating a hike of the trail and to the armchair travelers. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--John J. McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878239914
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    comtemplative....

    I was told for one of my classes to pick 3 autobiography books about someone who did some sort of outdoor activity and what they 'gained' from it....so I picked 3 varying books on people who hiked the AT...I have to say I ended up greatly enjoying reading this book, it had humor, stories of strenght, fear, environmental looks at the world...it covered alot of issues...I found her to be wise beyond her years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    A very disappointing read

    As a woman interested in hiking the AT, I found 'a journey north' a great disappointment. There is little of practical value in it. I didn't purchase the book because I wanted to know Ms. Hall's opinion on environmental issues (of which she appears to have the answer for every problem). Rather, I was hoping to learn about the special challenges a thru-hike poses for women. She only briefly deals with the subject and profusely pats her own back. I would recommend checking the book out of a library rather than purchasing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    Not worth the paper it's written on

    When I purchased this book I was expecting a story of a woman and her boyfriend dealing with the trials and tribulations of hiking the Appalachian Trail. What I found when I read this book though was that this book has very little to do with hiking the Appalachian Trail and more to do with the author preaching to us that humans are evil money hungry mongrels out to destroy everything that is good and free in nature. It is not only that this book is constantly preaching to the reader about the ecology or promoting new age theology (we are one with nature), but this book extremely POORLY written. The author is constantly changing subjects from paragraph to paragraph using horrible transitions that make it read like a middle school term paper. To be fair there are some glimpses in this book that are amusing and fun to read but on the whole it is a pretty bad book. I would suggest to someone who is interested in reading about a thru-hike experience that they not buy this book, you would be better served by going to gorp.com and reading their trail journals for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    A book well crafted by a woman wise beyond her years

    Adrienne Hall is in the great tradition of environmental writers who combine good science, a social conscience, and poetic insight. A Journey North is must reading for any woman thinking about long-distance hiking--and for any man who plans such a trip with a female partner. Written by a woman wise beyond her years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2000

    Facinating Adventure

    This is a wonderful story of the challenges facing a female on one of the most ardous hiking trials in the US. A six month ordeal in which the writer keeps her humor and perserverance. The inclusion of the environmental issues facing many parts of the Appalachian Trial has great appeal to environmentalists everywhere. Interesting, entertaining and informative!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    'A Journey North' is a journey into heaven

    'Journey' is one of the most inspirational and uplifting as well as informative stories I have ever read. I give Adriennne Hall some big thumbs up for finally bringing to attention the importance of nature in everyones lifestyle as well as adding some well deserved humor. A fantastic book....How about a book on tape? Hhhhmmmmmm.

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