Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail / Edition 1

Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail / Edition 1

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by Roland Mueser
     
 

"The definitive guide to long-distance backpacking. With diligence and creativity, Mueser has gone about answering questions that no one else has even asked. Virtually all the material appears nowhere else and will delight both experienced hikers and the novice with only a dream of setting foot down the trail." Larry Luxenber, author of Walking the

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"The definitive guide to long-distance backpacking. With diligence and creativity, Mueser has gone about answering questions that no one else has even asked. Virtually all the material appears nowhere else and will delight both experienced hikers and the novice with only a dream of setting foot down the trail." Larry Luxenber, author of Walking the Appalachian Trail

In April 1989, avid hiker Roland Muerser set off from a shelter at Springer Mountain, Georgia. His goal: to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, interviewing hikers on everything from clothing and gear to coping with loneliness and fatigue. In Long-Distance Hiking he draws on those extensive interviews, presenting hikers' candid responses to questions both practical and philosophical:

  • Which brand of backpack do most long distance hikers prefer? (page 54)
  • How much money will I need? (page 135)
  • Is a walking stick an advantage or a nuisance? (page 76)
  • What percentage of hikers wear underwear? (page 70)
  • Is it safe to hike alone? (page 19)
  • Which brand of camp stove is most efficient and easiest to pack? (page 57)
  • Is there sex on the trail? (page 147)
  • How many miles do most hikers' boots or shoes hold up? (page 46)
  • What are the most difficult aspects of long-distance hikeing? (page 138)

Both literate and entertaining, this book is a must for anyone considering a long-distance trek.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070444584
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
908,374
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Proving that no sacrifice is too great in the name of science, avid hiker Roland Mueser once devised a controlled experiment and carried it out during blackfly season in the woods and swamps near his New Jersey home: He ran a 4-mile course through the woods wearing DEET repellent on alternate days, and tallied the number of bites sustained during each run.

Roland is the author of several books, and his articles have appeared in Appalachia, the Colorado Mountain Club magazine T&T, and other outdoor journals. A retired physicist, Roland is a former member of the engineering research faculty at Harvard University and Pennsylvania State University and was a research scientist for Bell Laboratories. After retiring, he thru-hiked the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail in 1989.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Thru-Hiking Tradition


Chapter 2 Why Thru-Hike


Chapter 3 Who Hikes with Whom


Chapter 4 Older Hikers


Chapter 5 Physical Condition and Injuries


Chapter 6 Trail Names


Chapter 7 Footwear


Chapter 8 Packs, Tents, Stoves, and Guides


Chapter 9 Sleeping on the Trail


Chapter 10 Clothing and Raingear


Chapter 11 Comforts and Amenities


Chapter 12 How Fast, How Far


Chapter 13 Water: Its Joys and Perils


Chapter 14 Food, Calories, and Weight


Chapter 15 Animals on the Trail


Chapter 16 Insects and Repelling Them


Chapter 17 Along the Trail


Chapter 18 Trail People


Chapter 19 Looking Back


Appendix 1 The Questionnaire and Its Statistics


Appendix 2 Questionnaire Summaries


Appendix 3 Survey Participants


Bibliography


Index


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