Four Boots-One Journey: A Story of Survival, Awareness & Rejuvenation on the John Muir Trail

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Originally published as an award-winning paperback:A Hike for Mike. Jeff Alt takes you vicariously along the John Muir Trail, on an entertaining adventure, with his new wife, Beth. Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers and warm beds to chuck her domesticated ways and hike over 218-miles which leads to lots of humorous moments. Together, they traverse three national parks, including the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney.

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Four Boots-One Journey: A Story of Survival, Awareness & Rejuvenation on the John Muir Trail

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Overview

Originally published as an award-winning paperback:A Hike for Mike. Jeff Alt takes you vicariously along the John Muir Trail, on an entertaining adventure, with his new wife, Beth. Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers and warm beds to chuck her domesticated ways and hike over 218-miles which leads to lots of humorous moments. Together, they traverse three national parks, including the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney.

Jeff is compelled to take Beth on a hike after her brother tragically dies by suicide. Jeff thinks the hike will do Beth some good. They walk in her brother's memory as a depression awareness campaign.

The Alt's journey is full of inspiration and adventure; from menacing bears, to lightning bolts, mountain lions, food shortages, and altitude sickness.

Beth discovers the trials and joy of backpacking and they emerge from the trail rejuvenated.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
Hiker and speaker Alt (A Walk for Sunshine) and wife Beth, hiked the John Muir Trail—218 miles in all—as an effort to heal themselves and spread awareness about depression following a suicide in the family. While his outdoors experiences included the Appalachian Trail, she was a hiking novice who enjoyed the comforts of home. More than just a memoir, Alt's book serves as as a guide to the trail as well as a reference for backpacking preparations. Alt describes terrain, wildlife, and fellow hikers as he narrates their experiences. Food is a frequent theme due to the difficulties of limiting weight and carrying many days' meals in a bear proof capsule. Alt balances the safety concerns and difficulties of long hiking journeys with humorous and spiritual observations about life on the trail and in nature. Throughout, Alt shares memories of Beth's brother along with symptoms of depression. The story holds great sincerity and is recommended for hikers. (July)
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...This book follows Alt and his wife Beth across the 218-mile John Muir Trail...Encountering bears, lightning storms, rugged scenery, and fascinating people...Non-hikers will enjoy the author's vivid descriptions of natural beauty and encounters in the wild... (Review from the original paperback, A Hike for Mike) -- LA Metro Book Review

They encountered bears, saw fresh mountain lion tracks...lightening, rain, wind, and snow...Even without a cause [they] have come up with a good book... (Review from the original paperback, A Hike for Mike) -- Jim Morris, Dayton Daily News

...Beth Alt's husband, Jeff was right: Hiking in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range was just what she needed while grieving the death of her brother...immersed with everything the trail had to offer: the tall pines that stretched to the sky, the still lakes..., snow-forested mountains, the black bear lurking toward her. The black bear lurking toward her?...uplifting and humorous... (Review from the original paperback, A Hike for Mike) -- Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun

...A GREAT DIARY of their trip, in which marathon runner Beth, a camping and hiking novice, encounters bears, lightning and freeze-dried food...sheds light on a common condition affecting millions of Americans... (Review from the original paperback, A Hike for Mike) -- Anne Stein, The Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825307362
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 339,617
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, in the AP and more. Alt is a celebrated author and a talented speaker. A Walk for Sunshine, won the Gold in the 2009 Book of the Year awards sponsored by Fore Word Reviews, it took first place winner in the 2009 National Best Books Awards Sponsored by USA Book News, and won a Bronze in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards sponsored by Jenkins Group. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Alt has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland.

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