By Englishman Keith Foskett
I’ve read a number of AT books, my favourite being A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
But this may be my second favourite. Foskett does a superb job of explaining the big question: WHY are you doing a thru-hike.
I enjoyed too the brief entries written by some of his thru-hiking friends.
‘Be prepared for great story telling, unique and interesting characters, humour and insight.’
Andrew Skurka – National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
I’ve now downloaded his earlier PCT book – The Last Englishman.
Alastair Humphreys believes we should live a little more adventurously:
When I first got a taste for adventure it was simply for the fun of it. Climbing hills and looking around at the view from the top, riding a mountain bike downhill as fast as you can, leaning hard in a heeling dinghy: these things are fun and exciting …
By the time I was in my 20’s, however, my relationship with adventure had changed. “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun” was my mantra. “Miles not smiles!” …
Adventure became about the challenge. Pushing my body and my mind …
After the masochistic personal challenges came the curiosity phase. I wonder if it’s possible to hitch a lift on a yacht across the Atlantic? What is running an ultramarathon in the Sahara like? Can I go have a look at life in a random part of India, far from the nearest tourist hotspot? …
The answer, time after time, was ‘yes’. …
The Changing Purpose of Adventure
What happens when an African American woman decides to solo-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine during a summer of bitter political upheaval? Everything you can imagine, from scary moments of racism to new friendships to soaring epiphanies about the timeless value of America’s most storied trekking route.
related – 4 Things Female Thru-Hikers Need to Hear
Kolby Kirk really likes this Pacific Crest Trail video by Peter H from Austria. A skillful edit.
Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (10min)
I enjoyed this trip report. It’s basically his trail diary.
In 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. …
While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity.
This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.
If you want to hike the A.T. this is a good read. Very systematic and well organized information. He was a 41-year-old computer programmer at the time.
David Miller went on to publish Appalachian Trail guidebooks.
That said, I’d recommend you hike the Pacific Crest Trail instead. It’s a better thru hike. 🙂
A terrific list.
- Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim
- Yosemite’s Clouds Rest and Half Dome
- Walking Across Zion
- Alta Via 2, Dolomite Mountains, Italy
- Many Glacier to Logan Pass, Glacier National Park
- Hiking Mount St. Helens
- Laugavegur Trail, Iceland
- John Muir Trail – Evolution Basin to Mather Pass
- Death Canyon Shelf to South Fork Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park
- Volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
- The Narrows, Zion National Park
- Gray Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
- Mosquito Creek to Toleak Point, Southern Olympic Coast
- Paria Canyon Narrows
- High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park
- Crossing the Wind River Range, Wyoming
- Royal Arch Loop, Grand Canyon
- Rockwall Trail, Kootenay National Park, Canadian Rockies
- Timberline Lodge to Cooper Spur, Timberline Trail, Mount Hood
- Europaweg (Europe Trail) Zermatt, Switzerland
- Spider Gap-Buck Creek Pass Loop, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington
- Galdhøpiggen, Norway
- Crown of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains
- Thorung La, Annapurna, Nepal
- Traversing the Sierra de Aitana in Southern Spain
Click over to his excellent site for details and links to trip reports:
Geoff Sears on the Highline Trail, Glacier National Park.