The 2013 AT Guide – Haiku Raffle

David Miller's AT Guide

David Miller, author of the Appalachian Trail Guide recently published the revised 2013 edition of this must-have trail guide. If you’re planning to thru hike the trail this year, chances are you already have a copy and you’ve already left Springer Mountain in Georgia. But if you don’t have the 2013 edition yet, or you are planning a section or thru hike later in the year, here’s a chance to win a free copy.

AT Guide Trail Detail

AT Guide Trail Detail

With mile-by-mile information about the trail, trail shelters, and the trail towns bordering it, the AT Guide is an invaluable aid for planning hikes and dealing with whatever the trail throws at you on your journey (click here for my full review of the AT Guide).

To Enter

To enter, you need to submit a 3 line haiku poem with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line, that contains the word “hike” in it.

  • All raffle entrants will have one chance to win.
  • Please submit English haiku only and keep everything rated G.
  • You can submit as many haiku as you want, but each person can only enter once.
  • The prize winner can live anywhere that has postal service (including international.)
  • If you have any questions, leave a comment.

Example Entries

Daffodils slumber
A hike forms in my mind’s eye
The days get longer

My dog loves a hike
time to run free through the trees
new saplings emerge

Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter this raffle is Thursday, 2/28 at midnight, EST.

Submit your haiku entry in the comment form below.

The winner will be announced next week.

Make sure to count your syllables: 5-7-5 and use the word “hike” in your haiku.

Have fun with this!

50 Responses to The 2013 AT Guide – Haiku Raffle

  1. Chris February 26, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    i start with a hike
    mind and body are complete
    i end feeling peace

  2. Michael February 26, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Into the mountains
    A long hike ahead of me
    I come home renewed

  3. Figure 8 February 26, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    This year I will hike
    So I bought this AT guide
    Others, get a chance!

  4. Blitzo February 26, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Consult the guidebook
    I know water must be close
    Must hike twenty miles

  5. Tim @ Appalachia & Beyond February 26, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    I hike for the unknown
    I hike for solitude, peace
    I hike til the end

  6. Dan February 26, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Packs Full of Goodies
    Peanut Butter With Each One
    Hikers Are Great Snacks

  7. Renee February 26, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    This is great! I compose a “Hike-u” on every hike. For example:

    Four girls on a hike
    Searching for a waterfall
    Two of them fall down

    • Earlylite February 26, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Totally awesome!

  8. katahdinDave February 26, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Hiking helps my mind…..
    But a hike also prevents

  9. bennington200 February 26, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    A.T. weekday hikes
    New section every Thursday
    Dragon’s Tooth this week

  10. Joey February 26, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    The smokies were free,
    Now there’s a fee,
    Ditmanson should flee.

  11. Will February 26, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Winter darkness goes
    Warm activities come back
    To hike run and bike

  12. Chris Cheetham February 26, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Patiently I wait,
    Waiting for the snow to melt,
    The Trail awaits me.

  13. Derek February 26, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I dream of a hike
    Through the North Georgia mountains
    To start the A.T.

  14. Mark February 26, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    To hike is to love
    A purity that exists
    In nature’s forests

  15. Todd February 26, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    The snow lingers on
    My feet yearn for a long hike
    Can’t wait for springtime

  16. Disco February 26, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    May you hike with joy.
    With beauty all around you,
    may you hike with peace.

  17. carol Naylor February 26, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    A hike in my town
    no mountains no hills no climbs
    Florida, goodbye

  18. Spreadsheet February 26, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    The old path winding
    Unending beauty to share
    A hike with springtime

  19. Flight_chick February 26, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I hike my own hike,

    On the path of the elders.

    Wisdom all around.

  20. Joey February 26, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    The hike the smokies was free,
    Now there’s a fee,
    Ditmanson should flee.

  21. Brit Courtney February 26, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Weight of pack on back
    New hike in my old-friend boots
    Spring seeps into Soul

  22. Mike B. February 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Colored, falling leaves
    The hike erases the world
    boots, pack, renews me

  23. Chris February 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Waiting for spring time,
    Will the snow soon go away?
    Hikes depend on it…..

  24. Paul February 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Sleeping in hammock,
    After a day’s hike is done.
    There’s nothing better!

    • Carolyn (CJ) Mauger February 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Dawn rouses to greet
      a hike of miles and spirit
      My AT journey

  25. Yoda (Alex) February 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Trees, sky, water, sun,
    And I all together one,
    Why I hike this is.

  26. Grandpa February 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    A hiking haiku
    Adding some verse to wade through
    This walk is for you

  27. Ray McClure February 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Hike the storied path
    Dreams fulfilled, others broken
    Memories forever

  28. Glen February 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Footprints in the mud,
    All that remains behind me.
    My hike is over.

  29. Heather February 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I need to be me
    I need to feel the release
    I need to hike now!

  30. Spencer M February 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Now to Find Freedom
    I hike I hike I hike I
    Have Now Found Freedom

  31. Grandpa February 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Writing hike haiku
    Is something I should not do
    My haiku is phew!

  32. Black Foot February 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    backpack is all ready
    parking the car at trailhead
    first steps on my journey

  33. Paul W. February 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Thruhikers Haiku-

    Each day that I hike
    The AT delivers it’s promise
    A new adventure begins

  34. Marie February 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Hike with all your heart
    Palms in close contact with rock
    Like a fox hunting

  35. The Food Network February 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    If I win this guide,
    I’ll thru-hike the trail again.


  36. Muck February 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Legs ache, sweat breaks
    I hike for the horizon
    And the raven laughs

  37. Muck February 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Sorry, edit..

    Legs ache, my sweat breaks
    I hike for the horizon
    And the raven laughs

  38. Dana Barrett February 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Healing for the soul
    Strengthens the heart,and body

  39. Lee Colten February 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    You are what you do
    Mountain bike, rock climb, trail hike
    Facebook do not like

  40. Joe Tucker February 27, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Yes! Foot out the door
    Hike hard,hike fast and hike long
    The trail awaits me.

  41. Wes M February 27, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Autumn in the woods
    Reds, yellows, that musty smell
    A beautiful end

  42. Peter February 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Wind blowing, howling
    Trail muddy, the hike is long
    I feel so alive

  43. Quahog February 28, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Retirement looming
    The A.T. beckons me still
    One year to thru hike

  44. Chris February 28, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    The sun has returned
    Longer days to hike the trail
    Reunion with peace

  45. Chris DeMasi February 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    head is in the clouds
    feet are still at the trailhead
    stop dreaming, hike on

  46. Kaleidoscope February 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Drifts erase the path
    Wind whipped ridge, like cake icing
    Nameless hike-steps lead.

    Trail-seasoned, they said;
    “Remember, hike your own hike”
    My mantra each step.

    No blaze for awhile
    Hike on, yet still none ahead.
    Turn around… right there.

    Scchhllluck. Muck… sucks… boots… in.
    Hike wet, muddy, cold, tired.
    Dawn’s warmth beckons me.

    His little sack’s full,
    We hike to him… trail magic!
    Blushed, juicy cherries.

    Meandering steps
    Marking powdery whiteness;
    Winter-still, I hike.

    Ordinary days
    Just ordinary hike days
    Yet miles left behind.

  47. KenB March 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Nature nudges me
    A hike to begin the day
    Joyous rising sun

  48. Earlylite March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Congratulations to Flight Chick who won the the AT Guide raffle. She mainly hikes in TN, but will be section hiking the AT in GA this June.