What do all of these hikers have in common? Beside hiking the AT, we all contributed chapters to a new book published by Stackpole, called Hiker’s Stories from the Appalachian Trail.
- Amanda “Veggie” Redpath
- Amanda, Jarrod “Hansel” and Becca “Gretel” Schlenker
- Bruce “Birdman” Nichols
- Corwin “Major Chafage” Neuse
- Deb “Ramkitten” Lauman
- Devon “Flamebo” Parish
- Elaine “Second Stage” Rockett
- Elizabeth “Beef” Zane
- Francis Tapon
- Jennifer “Thin Mint” Ensworth
- John “Sunrise” Bryant Baker
- John “Churchhill” Bitner
- John “Johnny Swank” Pugh
- Julia “No Promises” Tyler
- Karelyn “Little Dipper” Kressler
- Maria “EKG” Dickinson
- Nicole “Ichiban” Green
- Peter “Whippersnap” J. Barr
- Philip “Earlylite” Werner
- Preston Lee Mitchell
- Stuart “Tintin” Skinner
- Tim A. “Half Ass Expeditions” Novak
- Mike “Towns” Padgett
Taken from actual trip reports, including two that I wrote about hiking on the Maine Appalachian Trail, this collection pulls together the accounts of all types of hikers and backgrounds, including thru-hikers and section hikers, northbounders and southbounders, new hikers and experienced backpackers. Our accounts span the whole length of the trail and include stories of ice storms and tornadoes, accounts of trail magic and surprising generosity, encounters with snakes and other wildlife, descriptions of wilderness beauty, and hikers’ musings on living life to the fullest, capturing the trail experience through many different perspectives.
Collated and edited by Kathryn Fulton, this book has been in the making for nearly a year. Participating in that process was a journey all by itself, but I know we are all grateful for Kathryn’s “book magic” in getting the book completed and out.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Hiker’s Stories from the Appalachian Trail, the book is available from Amazon in the Kindle format.