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Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps
     

Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps

by Brandon Wilson
 
A ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Bronze Award-winner.

After hiking some of the world’s great trails, Brandon Wilson was excited to hear about the Via Alpina, new paths running across eight countries along the backbone of the Alps. Besides promising immersion into Alpine life and wilderness, it’d be the ultimate adventure. It meant climbing

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A ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Bronze Award-winner.

After hiking some of the world’s great trails, Brandon Wilson was excited to hear about the Via Alpina, new paths running across eight countries along the backbone of the Alps. Besides promising immersion into Alpine life and wilderness, it’d be the ultimate adventure. It meant climbing 3000 feet from valley to mountain hut every day—1200 miles—for months.
Optimistically, Wilson envisioned it as a European Appalachian Trail, only with better food and wine.

Faster than you can say “schnitzel,” he coaxed his desk-jockey wife into joining him. Unlike their trek across Tibet, the couple wouldn’t dodge bullets. But who knew ice fields, relentless rain, Föhn winds, lethal ticks and cow patties could be more dangerous. Then again, the beauty, weird situations and bizarre characters they’d meet would help put peril into perspective.

It’s all here, the daily triumphs and agony of de feet, captured in Wilson’s witty, gritty, award-winning style. Over the Top & Back Again sweeps you along for an inspiring, yet slightly crazed look at the peerless Alps—and at an everyday couple who dare to follow their most gonzo dream.

Written by Brandon Wilson, the Lowell Thomas Award-winning author of "Along the Templar Trail," which was named 2009 Best Travel Book by the Society of American Travel Writers.

"Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps" is the first Via Alpina travelog published in English. It includes 53 photos, maps and exclusive illustrations by Ken Plumb for the adventurer in all of us. This is fourth in Wilson's series of true travel adventures.

Editorial Reviews

Denver Post
"This is my favorite kind of adventure tale: Against all odds, in the face of health, weather, interpersonal, navigational and culinary issues, Brandon Wilson and his somewhat reluctant wife hike it because it's there - or, it's supposed to be. I laughed, I winced, and then I started checking to see when I was next scheduled to be anywhere near the Via Alpina."
Library Journal
This lighthearted hiking narrative reflects the positives of such an experience: overcoming hardship, laughing at the inability to find trail blazes, Europe's apparent fear of switchbacks on trails ascending 1000 meters per col, and the bond and struggle with your trail partner. Another celebration of simply putting one foot in front of the other with everything you need on your back and faith in the trail ahead…Recommended for armchair travelers and anyone interested in hiking the Alps.
adventurer/author of Quest for the Sublime, PEAKS and books that celebrate travel adventure
"In upping the venerable French saying, 'jamais deux sans trois,' Brandon Wilson explores not just three, but pushes the alpine experience to extremes by traversing eight countries, and they have been fortunate for this laureate. Brandon Wilson brings his considerable intellect and wry sense of humor to this epic adventure, and the result is brilliantly accessible and wonderfully subversive."
Midwest Book Review
“Informative, entertaining, and original. Award-winning author Brandon Wilson is a pioneer in a groundbreaking genre of travel writing.”
GoNOMAD.com
“Wilson walks the way Forrest Gump runs. He's driven to it…As for the connection between the outer journey and the inner journey, Wilson never pushes it. You get it in small bits, as he does, because that's the way it comes. It has a lot to do with savoring the simple pleasures of life that surround us every day. Wilson's books point the way toward this happy state of mind: just be bold and endure a few vicissitudes.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015108866
Publisher:
Pilgrim's Tales, Inc.
Publication date:
09/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,009,061
File size:
19 MB
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Meet the Author

BRANDON WILSON is an award-winning author and photographer, explorer and adventure travel writer. His books in this series include: "Along the Templar Trail," a Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winner for Best Travel Book, "Over the Top & Back Again," a ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Award-winner, "Dead Men Don't Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa," and "Yak Butter Blues," an IPPY Award-winner.

His story about a year spent living in the Arctic, Life When Hell Freezes Over, appeared in "They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club."

His photos have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines. His pictorial essay was featured in "Naive and Abroad: Spain: Limping 600 Miles Through History" by Marcus Wilder.

A voracious explorer of more than one hundred countries, over decades he has trekked many long-distance trails, including: the Camino de Santiago across Spain, the Via de la Plata, and St. Olav’s Way across Norway. In 1992, Brandon and his wife Cheryl were the first Western couple to complete the 1100-kilometer trail from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, and he was the first American to traverse the 1850-kilometer Via Francigena from England to Rome. In 2006, he and his French friend re-blazed the 4500-kilometer Templar Trail from France to Jerusalem to establish it as a path of peace.

Wilson is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information, visit: http://www.pilgrimstales.com/ or visit his Facebook page.

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