"I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade." And so goes Lawton Grinter's compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable.
Between jobs and in search of something more, Lawton Grinter spent the better part of a decade hiking America's longest trails. In doing so he came face to face with things that go bump in the night, the kindness of strangers, a close encounter with hypothermia and the absurd rights of passage common to the eccentric people that call themselves long-distance hikers.
Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more!
©2012 Lawton Grinter (P)2014 Lawton Grinter
I am a male in my 50's. With very few exceptions, I only listen to non-fiction audiobooks.
I've read dozens of audiobooks on multiple topics, including several hiking books (including Wild, A Walk In the Woods, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, A Walk for Sunshine and Just Passin' Through). While I enjoyed most of the other hiking books, I Hike is by far my favourite.
This is the first Audible book I've read that I shouted out "NOOOOO" in dismay at the end because I didn't want it to be over! It's a very entertaining retelling of the author's hiking adventures. If you're into the outdoors and hiking, just get this book.
I'm a retired book editor who likes to grumble about things.
As a long-distance hiker and consumer of trail and adventure books, I found this short read to be entertaining, real, and a spur to get back on the trail, any trail. Many of the author's adventures are fun; some are compelling and useful. This book is a good midwinter read for those dreaming of hiking days to come.
The compilation of stories is entertaining and shows a different spin from your typical narrative on hiking. I feel as though I would have enjoyed this more had I read it myself versus hearing it. The author is EXCEPTIONALLY monotonous---zero inflection. Listener beware.
Unlike a lot of other great books about distance hiking, this one skips around to hit Grinter's most memorable experiences while out on the trail. Compelling, humorous, and yet melancholy at times this book captures the true experience of distance hiking. A cover-to-cover read. Loved it! Made me want to start planning my next big hike.
Long drive to get to work and back so i have plenty of time to listen.
Author obviously has first hand experiences. Impossible to tell which stories might not be completely true but there all funny and maybe even educational, once in a while.
If youve ever hiked any distance you can relate and its obvious hes hiked
If your looking for an insider look at hiking with a good sense of humor this is worth the time.
I like the way it jumps around and finishes with praising those that have helped out fellow hikers. Lost stories along with wildlife encounters. Injuries and sickness. Great stories!
The author was the most boring narrator I have heard so far in an Audible book. This book should come with a disclaimer to not listen while driving as it just may make you fall asleep. Also, the 2 or 3 attempts at humor made by the author fell flat.
That's it? It's over? Where was the humor? This guy hiked 10,000 miles, many of which were with his significant other, and those are the most interesting stories he had?
Each and every one that had a central theme that revolved around going number 1, number 2, or number 3.
When I started listening I noticed right away that the narrator (also the hiker/author) was monotone and boring. For the first few chapters he gets away with it since he was the hiker, and if I tricked myself into thinking that he was telling me a story, rather than reading me a book, I was able to get past it. His ability to get away with it ended once chapter 7 rolled around and the author caught a case of "the literallies". (That's when someone uses the word literally far more often than they should). At one point he even "literally held his breath for minutes". The book was a great idea. More stories like the one about the lost hiker or about experiences with trail angels would have been great. If you are looking for a good read, don't get this book. If you have an insatiable appetite for long distance hiking stories then you know you are going to buy this book anyway, so go for it.
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