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

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Originally published as an award-winning paperback: A Hike for Mike.Jeff Alt takes you along on an entertaining adventure on the John Muir Trail with his new wife, Beth. With dust still on his boots from his 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail journey, Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers and warm beds, to chuck her domesticated ways and walk the entire John Muir Trail (JMT). The JMT is over 218-miles of rugged remote mountain terrain, traversing three national parks, including the summit of Mt. ...
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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 along on an entertaining adventure on the John Muir Trail with his new wife, Beth. With dust still on his boots from his 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail journey, Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers and warm beds, to chuck her domesticated ways and walk the entire John Muir Trail (JMT). The JMT is over 218-miles of rugged remote mountain terrain, traversing three national parks, including the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. Jeff is excited that he has finally persuaded his wife to go completely out of her comfort zone and attempt a journey that even seasoned hikers find extremely difficult. When Beth's brother tragically dies by suicide, Jeff feels compelled to take his wife on a hike. He assures her this journey would do her some good. To convince Beth to go on the hike, Jeff shows her some stunning photos of the John Muir Trail (JMT). He highlights pictures of lakes, which Beth loves, and carefully leaves out the word "glacial" when describing the water temperature. They hike as a depression awareness campaign in memory of Beth's brother.Their breathtaking scenic hike is riddled with adventure, humor and inspiration. From the moment they set foot on the trail, the fast paced adventure begins with menacing bears, lightning bolts, a mountain rescue, the constant threat of mountain lions, food shortages, fascinating characters and altitude sickness.The further they travel down the trail, the more Beth and Jeff discover things they never knew about each other. Initially, Jeff is nervous as to how Beth will adapt to carrying everything on her back, sleeping on the ground, and bathing in ice-cold mountain streams. When Beth debones a freshly cooked trout with her teeth, too hungry to wait for her husband to finish preparing the meal; and later in the evening, unable to take the trail grime encapsulating her body, she jumps into a lake, cold enough to chill beer; Jeff realizes that Beth has become a nomadic survivor. Above 10,000 feet, they discover that Beth can handle the thin air better than Jeff. Not only does Beth complete the expedition, she discovers the joys of backpacking with her husband. They emerge from the trail rejuvenated and still happily married.
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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: 9780967948287
  • Publisher: Dreams Shared Publications
  • Publication date: 7/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 265,589
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jeff Alt is a talented speaker, hiking expert, and the award-winning author of A Walk for Sunshine, Four Boots One Journey and Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun. Alt's adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: Discoverychannel.com, ESPN's Inside America's National Parks, Hallmark Channel, CNN-Radio, LA Times, The USA Today, the AP, the Chicago Sun Times and more. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).
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