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Each year, it is estimated that than , people set out to thru hike the Appalachian Trail, yet seven in ten ultimately fall short of their goal Given the countless number of how to books and websites offering information about logistics, gear, and endurance training, one would think that people would finish this , mile trek Why then, do so many hikers quit prematurely After successfully thru hiking the AT in five months with zero prior backpacking experience, author, Zach Davis, is convinced he s discovered the answer Aspiring thru hikers, Davis tells readers, are preparing the wrong way sweating on the StairMaster, meticulously plotting each re supply box, or obsessing over the perfect sleeping bag or pair of socks


10 thoughts on “Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail

  1. Christie Bane Christie Bane says:

    This a great book, in a category of its own apart from trail guidebooks and how to books focused on logistics I ve read a lot about thru hiking the AT, and this is the only book I ve found that is all about the mental aspects of being a thru hiker including what sounds to me like really good advice for taking what you ve learned on the trail and applying it to real life, and also for how to come down off the trail and re enter the real world The author s voice is authentic, and the tone of This a great book, in a category of its own apart from trail guidebooks and how to books focused on logistics I ve read a lot about thru hiking the AT, and this is the only book I ve found that is all about the mental aspects of being a thru hiker including what sounds to me like really good advice for taking what you ve learned on the trail and applying it to real life, and also for how to come down off the trail and re enter the real world The author s voice is authentic, and the tone of the book is conversational, which I enjoyed I would have given five stars but, once again, the editing is bad I wanted to go through with a red pen and circle things and send it back to him It s not terrible, and I m sure the average reader would not notice it, but I noticed it, and it was a distraction Examples would be weak parallel construction of sentences and words that were spelled correctly but not correct in context, like form instead of from What is it with so many books being poorly edited these days I don t know, but my advice to this author is to invest in a better editor next time, because his writing is good enough to deserve one


  2. illcookforyou illcookforyou says:

    You can choose to duplicate Zach s adventures and hike the Appalachian Trail, or you can use Zach as an example as to how to put your life into perspective.Whether or not you plan on hiking the Appalachian Trail, I highly recommend reading Zach s book This book is a MUST READ for the prospective Appalachian Trail hiker or the average Joe Jodi who has never hiked a day in their life This book is funny, it s motivational, but most of all, it is REAL And to be perfectly honest, there aren t too You can choose to duplicate Zach s adventures and hike the Appalachian Trail, or you can use Zach as an example as to how to put your life into perspective.Whether or not you plan on hiking the Appalachian Trail, I highly recommend reading Zach s book This book is a MUST READ for the prospective Appalachian Trail hiker or the average Joe Jodi who has never hiked a day in their life This book is funny, it s motivational, but most of all, it is REAL And to be perfectly honest, there aren t too many books out there now a days that are I am a firm believer in breaking out of the norm in order to facilitate change I also believe that only you can make and be the one to make a change in your life.Zach s book shows you just how well his stand up self ass kicking way of living life works.Although I am almost certain that I will not be an Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker, I am certain excuse my bluntness that Zach Davis book puts shit into perspective Oh, and I am also certain that you should buy Zach s book, read it, highlight it, tab it, bookmark it, and then buy an extra book and give it to a friend They ll love you, and Zach will love you for buying his book twice trust me


  3. Marcella Wigg Marcella Wigg says:

    There are many guides to Appalachian Trail thru hiking the trail segments, hostels, and physical challenges along the way But the hardest aspects of hiking 2,200 miles are the psychological challenges of sticking with it, even in the toughest of times, even when life outdoors becomes less than novel Zach Davis, a successful 2011 AT thru hiker, offers a lot of valuable advice for any prospective hiker in this quick read, including strategies to deal with psychological struggles on particular a There are many guides to Appalachian Trail thru hiking the trail segments, hostels, and physical challenges along the way But the hardest aspects of hiking 2,200 miles are the psychological challenges of sticking with it, even in the toughest of times, even when life outdoors becomes less than novel Zach Davis, a successful 2011 AT thru hiker, offers a lot of valuable advice for any prospective hiker in this quick read, including strategies to deal with psychological struggles on particular areas of the Trail, advice for post Trail recovery, the mentality to take to enjoy the Trail, and practical challenges you re likely to face while hiking Throughout, he weaves his own experiences into the book Although this is clearly a personal project, Davis defers to expert advice whenever possible, and I think this will be very valuable to anyone embarking on such a hike There are even gear and post trail nutrition sections to prepare you And it s a super quick read


  4. Bob Wallner Bob Wallner says:

    Not at all what I expected I don t know much about the author s background other than what he shared, but this book was a fun read that could have been about how to succeed at any of life s challenges The AT was just a nice example of a challenge You could have easily put in, relationship, career, family, or really any goal Much of what Zach talks about seems like echos of what I have read in the past by some of the best goal setting authors.In my profession I deal with a lot of goal settin Not at all what I expected I don t know much about the author s background other than what he shared, but this book was a fun read that could have been about how to succeed at any of life s challenges The AT was just a nice example of a challenge You could have easily put in, relationship, career, family, or really any goal Much of what Zach talks about seems like echos of what I have read in the past by some of the best goal setting authors.In my profession I deal with a lot of goal setting and goal busting I can definitely see myself using this book as an example of how systemically attack a goal I may even add it as suggested reading to people whom I train The style of this is muchrelaxed and muchfun than many of the business books I am used to reading Easy read good message great book


  5. Adam Nutting Adam Nutting says:

    I am preparing for a 2013 NOBO Thru hike I have been reading any book I can get my hands on to help prepare me for the adventure that lies ahead I have yet to read a bad book however this is the first one that really speaks to the truth of the trail Many people try to sell the trail and only provide the best parts of the trail and what worked best for them Very few folks actually write about what they did that did not work This book is 100% from the heart no BS straight up telling it how I am preparing for a 2013 NOBO Thru hike I have been reading any book I can get my hands on to help prepare me for the adventure that lies ahead I have yet to read a bad book however this is the first one that really speaks to the truth of the trail Many people try to sell the trail and only provide the best parts of the trail and what worked best for them Very few folks actually write about what they did that did not work This book is 100% from the heart no BS straight up telling it how it really is I had heard that the mental trail is harder to hike than the physical trial and after reading this book I feel absolutely no questions asked prepared to take on the trail both mentally and physically Thanks Zach for writing this book


  6. Kevin Fanning Kevin Fanning says:

    I got a bunch of Appalachian Trail books from the library b c someone I follow on twitter Rahawa Haile is thru hiking and it s so inspiring And I wondered what s involved, how difficult it is to plan and do this I have no interest in thru hiking the entire AT, but, idk Maybe a tiny bit of it Some day It s sounds interesting Anyways this is less of a how to andof a You can do it dudebro It s pretty casual and jokey in a way that I wasn t too sure about at first but had won me I got a bunch of Appalachian Trail books from the library b c someone I follow on twitter Rahawa Haile is thru hiking and it s so inspiring And I wondered what s involved, how difficult it is to plan and do this I have no interest in thru hiking the entire AT, but, idk Maybe a tiny bit of it Some day It s sounds interesting Anyways this is less of a how to andof a You can do it dudebro It s pretty casual and jokey in a way that I wasn t too sure about at first but had won me over by the end It was a good place to start my reading, a solid high level overview of things to keep in mind as you start planning and thinking about your trip and whether or not you really want to do it


  7. Gail Gray Gail Gray says:

    It s not often we see a Good Badger execute somersaults But one, who chose to share his antics on the Appalachian Trail, did In Appalachian Trials be sure to notice the vowel shift Zach Davis, the owner of the trail name, Good Badger, rolls from funny and glib to serious and profound, proving to be a complex person, as many are who attempt the AT and make it Hikers and their families are lucky he chose to write such a book, an honest and astute take on the Appalachia Trail, and a must read It s not often we see a Good Badger execute somersaults But one, who chose to share his antics on the Appalachian Trail, did In Appalachian Trials be sure to notice the vowel shift Zach Davis, the owner of the trail name, Good Badger, rolls from funny and glib to serious and profound, proving to be a complex person, as many are who attempt the AT and make it Hikers and their families are lucky he chose to write such a book, an honest and astute take on the Appalachia Trail, and a must read for those who are currently, or will in the future, find themselves walking the 2,000 odd miles form Georgia to Maine Zach s not talking off the cuff but from cataloging both the inner and outer experience, and his personal stories back up his psychological insights and mental hygiene As Zach slogged the miles in the rain, climbed the rocky outposts, endured the Green Tunnel he took note of the AT s effects on hikers both physically and mentally He endured his own set of unusual trials while hiking, from being rejected for an important job he hoped to start after his hike, to contracting a debilitating illness while on the trail, which was not diagnosed until he was off the trail Published on the heels of a number of memoirs and some incredible guide books, this is may very well become one of the most important books in the hikers prep box, simple because it address, what Zach believes, to be the main reason hikers make it all the way Mental attitude Appalachian Trials may prove evenimportant than choice of equipment or how many maps a hiker carries, because it prepares the long distance backpacker for what the mind goes through while pushing the body to such limits and how important the right frame of mind can be when confronting the obstacles of the self, including the interaction with society before and after the journey and most importantly each individual s purpose and motivations for such a challenge The way I see Zach s approach, reminds me of how important Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell viewed the role of quests, initiations and challenges in the invocation and development of the hero or the authentic individual, as Jung called it On those mountains, 100s of them, one must come to know himself inside and out without the trappings of society to protect them, and therefore must learn to rely on their own inner resources and strengths Sure there s times each hiker curses the trail, buttimes than most, it s the opportunity to discover an inner ally Out on the trail everyone is reduced to the core there s now way to be fake to impress or best someone Personas and habits we adopt to comply with society s expectations slip away with the miles until every hiker comes to know their true self better than ever imagined So far this review may make Appalachian Trials sound like a complicated book Quite the opposite Throughout his book, Zach employs user friendly analogies anyone can relate to and offers solutions, methods, and techniques to better prepare both the hiker and the worried family back home as to what may, can and should happen while going through such an extreme experience for four to six months It s practical, readable and most of all insightful without being preachy or pretentious Zach s humor, off beat, quirky and often self deprecating proves this is a guy who can take himself seriously when he has to, butoften than not, will just as soon laugh at his foibles He s taught himself to be intuitively aware when of when it s time to find a way around a mental mountain with the potential to come crashing down and therefore avoids or survives each setback My son Jeff or Loner, as he s known on the trail, started his thru hike on April 7, 2012 on the approach trial at Amicalola Falls As a family member of an AT thru hiker, I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book Once Jeff left, I found Zach s Good Badger blog and read every word, hungry forAppalachian Trials delivered eventhan I d hoped I think this book is also a valuable resource and comfort to family and friends of long distance hikers since it offers concrete steps to take at all stages of such a life altering journey Of which there arethan the hiker expects from the prep through the early trail anxieties to the endorphin highs spurned on by exercise and small successes, through the periods of boredom and possible depression during Virginia s 550 mile Green Tunnel, where as Zach explains, the honeymoon stage is over Zach offers ways the thru hiker can deal all the way to the exhausting, emotional and exhilarating summit of Mt Katadhin But Zach doesn t stop there, he goes on to warn and suggest measures to deal with the post trail let down, the adjustment back into society and how to use the new awareness gained from this pivotal life journey to found a meaningful and enriched lifestyle Throughout Appalachian Trials, Zach makes user friendly analogies anyone can relate to and offers solutions, methods, techniques to better prepare both the hiker and the worried family back home as to what may, can and should happen while going through such an extreme experience for four to six months While reading Appalachian Trials, I felt like I was sitting in a room with Zach, a large window to our sides, offering a panoramic view of the woods on a beautiful day, that s how the conversational style of this book engages the reader I felt like I came to know Zach, as well a man, who while often exhibiting his off kilter sense of humor, also, at the same time offered a thoughtful, insightful view not just of the AT but also of our society s culture and how easy it is to forget one s true self trying to measure up to outer standards On the AT, it s just the hiker and nature, bottom line More than just a hiker s backpack is pared down to the core necessities The writing in Appalachian Trials appears to be an effortless task on Zach s part, so easily do we read it and understand his observations and advice But, as an editor, I know differently Pay attention to a normal conversation and you ll hear how to rambles, is tangential, wanders off course, sometimes to never veer back, stops and starts, and sometimes ends abruptly without flow Zach puttime and effort in completing this book than is evident on the surface, like taking a bad day on the trail with its missteps and lost footing, and using the time in the shelter of an evening to recall it with all its wonders and remarkable lessons intact That s the landscape of this book, the path Zach leads you on, not only on the Appalachian Trail but also in life


  8. Debra L Debra L says:

    I am a 59 year old overweight and under exercised read computer addicted lady who is fascinated with mountains and hiking although I have done every little myself Since I read Following Atticus recently, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I was drawn to and added Zach Davis amazing book Appalachian Trials to my Kindle.it was satisfying on so many levels So many times I had to just sit back and savor what he said, because it was so what I needed to read, what I ve actually been reading a I am a 59 year old overweight and under exercised read computer addicted lady who is fascinated with mountains and hiking although I have done every little myself Since I read Following Atticus recently, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I was drawn to and added Zach Davis amazing book Appalachian Trials to my Kindle.it was satisfying on so many levels So many times I had to just sit back and savor what he said, because it was so what I needed to read, what I ve actually been reading about in other sources for months, but heillustrated it for me And although the trail, as is a journey in general a metaphor for life, I was also struck by it as metaphor for marriage Retirement after a long marriage would be the Whites I live in NH actuallyabout an hour from Mt Washington Just when you think things are going to get easierthey don t But, he was right knowing that makes it easier somehow.Thanks to Zach Davis, for a book that is one of the most important and enjoyable I have ever read


  9. Allison Allison says:

    Excellent perspective on how to prepare to thru hike the AT.


  10. Molli Molli says:

    Loved this book Best one I ve read to prepare us for our hike and I ve read a lot I was laughing out loud while learning lots of new stuff that we need to know Thanks, Zach