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A Season On The Appalachian Trail

A Season On The Appalachian Trail

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Object Title: A Season On The Appalachian Trail

Manufacturer: Lynn Setzer

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Page By: silversummit

Created/Edited: Oct 3, 2009 / Oct 3, 2009

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Book Summary

Lynn Setzer spent hundreds of hours interviewing on the fly and reading the diaries of people who were ‘through-hiking’ the Appalachian Trail in 1996. Some of these hardy souls (and feet!) were determined and experienced, planning to go from Georgia to Maine straight through while others were doing a section at a time or actually not sure of their final plans. As she notes their experiences you become immersed in a world of mountain and valley names, the impact of simple things like sharing a trail snack, new forms of foot pain, and the reality of hiking a 2100 mile trail which crosses national parks, interstate roads, phenomenal wilderness areas and intersecting a few Trail Angels.

Product Details

Price: $14.95

Paperback: 222 pages with black and white photos

Author: Lynn Setzer

Publisher: Appalachian Trail Conference, Menasha Press

Year Published: 1997, 2001

Language: English

ISBN: 0-89732-382-3



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silversummitCan’t imagine thru-hiking AT without reading this….

Voted 4/5

While I wouldn’t rate this book 5 stars it is fascinating and full of informative details. Yes, Lynn does cite and give credit to it seems an endless list of hikers and people she met during her research but I found this to be only a minor distraction and proof of her relationship with her work. I enjoyed reading about the different sections of the AT especially the ones I’ve hiked in North Carolina, Virginia, WV, Maryland, etc. from the viewpoint of someone new.

In some ways I think she was at her best describing the problems hikers had and how they improvised solutions. When a backpack rubbed a hip raw they picked up discarded foam from a trash can in town etc. or used dental floss (p. 124) creatively. Post offices were critical for re-supplying, getting mail and sending back unnecessary weight! They also meant hot, restaurant food and maybe a soft bed and shower or at least a grassy yard might be offered for a chore for just for no reason.

While this is definitely NOT a how to hike the Appalachian Trail book it certainly helps balance the factual guides with human interest and gives heart to those who hike and live near the trail.
Posted Oct 3, 2009 6:37 pm

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