Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family. Walk alongside Alt and experience the joy of turning dreams into goals and then achieving them. His lessons from the trail celebrate family, stewardship of the earth, good health, and the American spirit.
©2012 Jeff Alt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Lively…Humorous...Upbeat...It will make you feel good. Alt’s zest for life shines through on every page. Alt’s words amply convey the camaraderie among fellow hikers, the beauty of the eastern mountains, and the physical hardships that must be endured on a walk of over 5 million steps…” (Outdoor Times )
I love stories about epic journeys on foot, and the A.T is one of the most epic.
Really enjoyed Jeff's good natured, upbeat, steady-paced telling of his journey, could totally visualise being on the trail and it was engaging from beginning to end. Loved hearing about the landscape and terrain, the psychological ups and downs, the hiking strategies, the fellow through hikers, the shelters and the towns along the way, all very entertaining. For a non-professional writer, Jeff writes very well.
I'd already read Bill Bryson's Walk In The Woods, and if you want lots of reseach, history and hilariousness I highly recommend that - but it was great to hear this story knowing that Jeff had made it all the way to the end. In fact there was barely a moment when he doubted he would, which I imagine is pretty rare on the A.T.
As for tears and laughter - quite a few gentle laughs and just a few tears at the incredible acheivement of completion. If you like hearing about heroically long hikes over mountains and through forests, you should DEFINITELY get this.
I loved the whole adventure on the trail, the people that Wrongfoot interacts with. The one thing that stands out of course is that he walk's for a cause greater then just self satisfaction.
He tells about every aspect of his journey on and off the trail. The fund raising and the conclusion to his Triumph of the AT. I really liked the end of the book where after the trail is ended he kind of does a Q&A bit. Talks about the physical challenge vs the mental on the trail and Hiking with children. Being a new father I listen attentively to his every word.
His friend's dog and it's distaste for dog back packs.
I have read a few books based around the AT and the PCT and I always have mixed feelings about when some one completes their hike. I can't imagine what it's like to do that. Be on a trail for 6 months and then try to go back to the "real world." and be able to adapt.
Kirby Heyborne did a great job with the narration.
Teacher, Outdoor Sports Enthusiast
Yes, good if you want to hike the AT
Author's positive attitude
He sounds like a robot and has an annoying accent. Very dry and robotic.
Yes, up until the end.
The author should have ended the book a couple paragraphs after reaching Maine. He goes on and on with repetitive inspirational drivel. This ruins the effect of a good ending.
this is a great book about the Appalachian tail and should be thought of as a good reading id for anyone who is thinking of taken it on
even if you have slon this book you should send some mone y to the sunshine hosue
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