Appalachian Trail Sees Record Numbers in Wake of Bill Bryson Film

The gold standard has always been 2,000 thru-hikers wannabe’s a year. But that has changed and the number is closer to 3,000 this year. Of course, only about 20 or 25 % of them will make it all the way to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine. Nonetheless, it’s great news. Short of loss of life or serious bodily injury, a thru-hike attempt inevitably becomes a highlight of a person’s life. It is a shout of freedom that few people...

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Amazon Prime Members Can Upload Skywalker Hiking Books For Free

Amazon Prime customers. Now available for free on Amazon Kindle: The popular Skywalker hiking books by 7-foot tall, Bill Walker. 1. Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trai 2.Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail 3. The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago 4. Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal 5. Tall Tales–The Great Talisman of Height

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Skywalker Pacific Crest Trail Audiotape Available on Audible.com

The audiotape for Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail is available on www.audible.com Audible members can upload it for free. The recording is done by the author himself, Bill Walker (Skywalker) The book is also available Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, for free upload on Amazon Kindle. Bill Walker is the author of several popular hiking books including Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, The...

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Backpacker Magazine Article Lists Eleven Key Tips for Female Hikers

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/11-key-tips-for-female-thru-hikers/#bp=0/img1 The above is a link to a Backpacker Magazine article listing eleven key tips for female hikers. Well I’m not a female hiker. But I do meet and counsel many aspiring female hikers. And these tips sound spot on. Perhaps my favorite would be the advice to “Be pragmatic, but not wary.” Yes, obviously women have to be a bit more pragmatic on the trail. It...

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