Blending sage advice with personal experiences and anecdotes, this unconventional book is an unusually thoughtful account of long-distance trekking on the Appalachian Trail. Mueser draws upon interviews and questionnaire data gathered from over 100 long distance hikers hoofing it through the Applachian Mountains.
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.47(d)|
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book informative and easy to read. I was a little dissapointed that the gear recommendations were not current, but I should have checked the copyright date. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book for its coverage of the subject.
A wealth of information anyone truly intent on completing a long distance hike should read. Weither thru hiking the AT or just out for a weekend walk on a local trail the statistics, collective knowledge and tails of the trails found in this book will increase your enjoyment, knowedge and chances of a safe and happy trip.
The author has done detailed surveys of thu hikers on the AT and presents his findings along with his own experience. It was interesting to see how the numbers worked out, and there were very detailed questions. Since the trail itself changes and so does equipment, the book, published 15 years ago a bit dated. I found it valualble, but with that caution.