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Amazon Prime Members: Free Upload of Skywalker Hiking Books

Posted by on November 1, 2014 in 'Getting High--The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal', Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, Camino de Santiago, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Amazon Prime members: It’s the first of the month again. Could I suggest a hiking book that you can upload on Amazon Kindle for free? Why? If you are like me, you select your reading material looking for something that could be life changing in some way, shape, or form. Outdoor narratives have the potential to carry the reader far and wide, giving a perspective–perhaps even fortitude–one theretofore lacked. Bill Walker is the author of the Skywalker hiking books. These include: Skywalker–Close Encounters on the...

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Two Hikers to Attempt Pacific Crest Trail in Winter: Shades of Jack London!

Posted by on October 31, 2014 in 'Getting High--The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal', Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdoors/recreation/2014/10/27/hiking-pacific-crest-trail-winter-adventure-safety/18012573/ Folks, I know you get bombarded with a lot of material on the internet. But this article above really is worth reading about two hikers planning to thru-hike the 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail this winter. Just to give you a taste of what they are attempting, I traversed the renowned High Sierra in the latter part of June. Even then, I was scared to death half the time; when I arrived at ‘the chute’ leading to...

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Free Amazon Kindle Upload of ‘Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail’

Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Bill Walker, author of the Skywalker series of hiking books, is offering his popular Appalachian Trail book, Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, for free upload on Amazon Kindle this weekend, October 25-26 only. This is the story of his thru-hike of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail which runs from Georgia to northern Maine through fourteen states. Walker is also the author of Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago, and Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit...

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Pacific Crest Trail Becoming a Trail of the Masses

Posted by on October 23, 2014 in 'Getting High--The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal', Cheryl Strayed, Pacific Crest Trail, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

“A trail of the masses.” Now that’s a loaded term. And the Pacific Crest Trail–isn’t the Appalachian Trail (AT) America’s ‘trail of the masses’? Yes, the AT is. However that doesn’t mean the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can’t be one also. The good news is that it rapidly is. Of course part of it has to do with the phenomenal success of Cheryl Strayed’s PCT memoir, Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. That is soon to be a Hollywood movie starring Reese...

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Record Crowd of Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers Racing to Beat Winter

Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Pacific Crest Trail, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Folks, let’s hope for no more drama. Last year three hikers were rescued by helicopter, and another outright cheated death by developing an escape plan from an early blast of snow in the northern Cascades, which PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hikers traverse to complete the trail at the Canadian border. How about this year? There has already been one helicopter rescue for injury. And the Dinsmore hostel located in Skykomish–about 175 miles south of the Canadian border–is entertaining record numbers of hikers, some days as many as...

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Camino de Santiago-Style Travel Beats Conventional Trips

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in El Camino de Santiago, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail | 0 comments

I am in Europe on another one of those “sexy” trips to exotic locales. And I am bored to death. Perhaps it is no coincidence. Interestingly enough, the word ‘travel’ comes from the word ‘travails’. Which brings up a great irony. In this day and age of supersonic jets and instantaneous communication, it is harder than ever to travel well, travel fruitfully, travel soulfully. Handheld and package tours are particularly sterile forms of travel. But the Camino de Santiago sets itself apart as a perfect...

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Skywalker Appalachian Trail Film Reaches 10,000 Viewers

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Appalachian Trail, Books by Bill Walker, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, You Tube video | 0 comments

Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, a popular hiking book by Bill Walker, has been out for ten months in video form and has now reached its 10,000 viewer. This ten minute film done by Catherine O Shorr and edited by Melissa Matisko, touches on the highlights of Walker’s 2005 thru-hike of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail, which Walker calls “undoubtedly the best way to see America.”

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Skywalker Appalachian Trail Book Now Available in Audio Form

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail is now available in audio form through www.audible.com Previously this popular hiking book has sold through hardback, paperback, and e-book form. The author, Bill Walker, has also written Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago, and Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. 

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International Interest Growing in the Appalachian Trail

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Bill Bryson, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail | 0 comments

Greetings from Riga, Latvia. Yes, a bit off the beaten path here along the arc of the Baltic Sea. Yet even here one hears intermittent interest in America’s great trail of the masses, the Appalachian Trail. And of course when someone mentions it, I feed it. “It’s the best way to see America,” I regale audiences. “Don’t go to Disney World or Las Vegas. You will get to see the real America on the Appalachian Trail (AT).” Of course British hikers have long been a fixture on the AT, since publication of...

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Bryson Movie on Appalachian Trail Will Be a Hit

Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

At long last, they are making it. It almost seemed like a rumor, that they were making a hit out of Bill Bryson’s smashing hit, A Walk in the Woods. But it is confirmed that film shooting crews are hard at work in Kennesaw, Georgia. Everybody–everybody, it seems like has read the book. Expect them in the cinema as well. Should be fun, and I’m not one bit worried about the trail becoming overcrowded as some have stated. The Appalachian Trail has plenty of solitude. It’s all a great mix. Bill Walker is author of...

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