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Hiking Author Showcase

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Starting August 1st, I’m going to be running a series of daily guest posts by some of the best hikers and hiking writers today. Chances are good that you’ve read some of their books, but if not, this will be a good opportunity for you to become acquainted. In addition to posting, they’ll be on hand to respond to your comments and any questions you might have for them.

For this series, I’ve asked them to share a bit about themselves including stories about their hiking mishaps, things they learned from other hikers, and how hiking has affected them and their families.

Please show them a big welcome!

Guest Authors

  1. Chris Townsend, author of the Backpacker’s Handbook, the Scottish Mountain Guide and many others
  2. Ron Strickland, author of Pathfinder and the Pacific Northwest Trail Guide
  3. David Miller, author of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and The A.T. Guide
  4. Sara Kirkconnell, author of Freezer Bag Cooking
  5. Kathleen Meyer, author of How to Shit in the Woods, which has sold over 2.5 million copies!
  6. Steve Smith, co-author of the White Mountain 4,000 Footers, co-editor of the AMC White Mountain Guide, and owner of the Mountain Wanderer Bookstore in Lincoln, New Hampshire
  7. Tom Ryan, author of Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship
  8. Susan Alcorn, author of Camino Chronicle and We’re in the Mountains, Not over the Hill
  9. Carey Kish, editor of the Maine Mountain Guide
  10. Justin Lichter, author of Trail Tested
  11. Will Reitveld, Former senior gear review editor for BackpackingLight Magazine
  12. Lawton Grinter: author of I Hike and The Walkumentary
  13. Dennis Blanchard, author of Three Hundred Zeros
  14. Trish Herr, author of Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure
  15. Bill Walker, author of Skywalker—Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker—Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail,  and The Best Way—El Camino de Santiago
  16. Deb “Ramkitten” Lauman, author of I. Joseph Kellerman
  17. Walt McLaughlin, author of Forest Under My Fingernails and Arguing with the Wind
  18. Al Dragon, author of Avalanche and Gorilla Jim, Appalachian trail Adventures and Other Tales

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  1. Looks like one heck of a line up. I’ll be looking forward to every minute of it.


  2. It’s been amazing working with all of these authors so far. I think you’ll enjoy this collection of stories and posts.

  3. So much valuable information to read coming up! I’m looking forward to hearing from all these people on their expertise!

    • It’s a great group, including long distance hikers, search and rescue folks, conservationists, section hikers, peakbaggers, trail maintainers, and other assorted hiker trash! Lots of personality too!

  4. Heck of a lineup! I just picked up a copy of Trail Tested last night so I think that should be the first book report!

  5. Sounds like it will be a good summer, looking forard to the articles.

  6. Looking forward to the articles. I read AWOL on the Appalachian Trail while I was on maternity leave, it was my first AT book. I was hooked! My husband and I can’t wait to get out onto the trail one of these days. We’re looking forward to the adventure even if we can only take a few days.

  7. Wow, I own many of those authors’ books.

    How about Mags from Whiteblaze?

    He was a RI kid before he headed west. Having hiked the LT, AT, and all over New England, he has a good east coast / west coast perspective.

  8. How fun for you to be able to talk these interesting outdoorsmen/women. I look forward to reading what they have to say about themselves and all of their adventures.