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New Appalachian Trail Book from a Thru-Hikers Perspective

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021 by Paul Walko

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike (by John Gignilliat) is Johns manuscript of his thru-hike completed in 1994 depicting stories and lessons learned from his experience. It can be found on Amazon to learn more.

Below is the back cover description of the book:

Pull on your virtual backpack, find a comfy chair, and follow in the bootsteps of Port and Starb'ard on their seven-month slow but steady trek from Georgia to Maine.  Share in their joys and frustrations, their exhaustion and elation, and especially share the many friends they encounter along the way.  The rugged mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, the blistering heat of Virginia, the rain and mud of Vermont, the dangerous White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the frigid cold of Maine all add up to a fascinating story.  Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike is a light and enjoyable one day at a time journal of a couple's 2,157 mile trek.  It will keep you intrigued or smiling or concerned . . . but never bored.  As one reader stated, “I had a tear in her eye when I finished, not because it was sad, but because it was over.”

Special thanks to those who have maintained our section of trail for everyone to enjoy.