Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers: Lore and Legends of the Appalachian Trail

Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers: Lore and Legends of the Appalachian Trail

by J. R. Tate


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Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers: Lore and Legends of the Appalachian Trail by J. R. Tate

Three-time thru-hiker J. R. Tate explores the traditions and lore of the Appalachian Trail:The thru-hiker who began his hike by parachuting onto Springer MountainThe trail town that sentenced an elephant to deathYogi-ing strategiesTrail hermits Old Hog Greer and Uncle Nick GrindstaffMurders on the ATGhosts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811712866
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 385,438
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J. R. Tate is a retired Marine Corps officer who has hiked the Appalachian Trail three times since 1990. He lives with his wife Judith and their dog Katahdin in Woodlawn, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue xiii

1 Springboard to Adventure 1

2 Counting Coup 3

3 Rangers! 12

4 Woody Gap-An Escape Hatch 16

5 Ta-lo-Ne-Ga 21

6 Much Ado About Hamburgers 25

7 The Fine Art of Yogi-ing 30

8 Land of the Noonday Sun 35

9 Snowbirds 40

10 Drillzibblers, Woggletobblers, and Slumgullionholes 47

11 A Matter of Altitude, Aptitude, and Attitude 51

12 Hot Springs 64

13 Shelton Graves 73

14 The Hermit of Greer Bald 83

15 The Hanging 89

16 In Memoriam 100

17 Uncle Nick 126

18 Mock's Mill 134

19 Sarver Hollow 138

20 To Hell and Beyond 149

21 Mosby's Confederacy 164

22 The Legacy of "The Hole" 176

23 John Brown's Fort 191

24 The Gaps of South Mountain 199

25 A Case of One-Upmanship 224

26 To Perdition and Back 233

27 The Dark Side 250

28 "Rocksylvania" 264

29 In the Shadows of the Blue Ridge 289

30 Presidential Wrath 310

31 "Seen Worse" 341

Epilogue 355

Appendix: Research Sources 361

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If hiking the Appalachian Trail haunts your dreams, then Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers is the book to buy. I'm bummed this book wasn't written sooner. Because if I had known J.R.Tate¿s tales behind the trail, my 1999 thru-hike would have been a much richer experience. Written by a three-time AT thru-hiker, Walkin¿with the Ghost Whisperers delves into the most intriguing events that have occurred along America's most famous trail. 'I hike. I see. I wonder.' is Tate's oft refrain as he takes us on a journey that is as entertaining as it is enlightening. For example, just off the trail, on a high ridge in Tennessee, Tate comes upon a mysterious tomb, reads the unbearably sad epitaph ¿Lived alone. Suffered alone. Died alone.¿ and writes: 'Three times I had stopped in the small glen, stared at the chimney-like protuberance, and wondered about the man buried beneath the aging concrete slab whose life had evoked the tragic words etched in the faded granite. The question flooded in like a rip tide, tugging at my imagination and thrusting my mind against an impenetrable barrier of ignorance. Who was this man? What events brought him to this lonely end?' Thus, Tate begins to pry from obscurity the story of Nick Grindstaff, a man once referred to as the South's most famous hermit and who kept rattlesnakes as pets. 'Most of Nick's life is hidden in the ground alongside his decaying bones and in the graves of folks now long dead who new him...Hard to believe that in this wild, forsaken place now broached by the Appalachian Trail, a man lived for nearly half a century isolated from the human race. Here, Nick eked out a meager existence in rocky soil hardly fit for earthworms, sharing his days and night with four-legged critters and slithering companions while the world passed him by.' Darn good writing, I must say. The depth of Tate¿s research is remarkable. His sense of humor is ever-present. And best of all, J.R. Tate aka ¿Model T¿ is the real deal, a seasoned long distance hiker with 10,000 miles on his feet. Chockfull of hiker lore and AT history, Walkin' with the Ghost Whispers is the book Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods should have been.