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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Skywalker Hiking Books–Free Amazon Kindle For KDP Select Members

Bill Walker, author of the Skywalker hiking books, offers his books for free upload on Amazon Kindle for KDP Select members. These books include Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, 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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Movie ‘Wild’ Helping Sales of Pacific Crest Trail Books

Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, and written by Cheryl Strayed, has sharply ratcheted up interest in the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, running from Mexico to Canada. While some may view this with alarm, I feel just the opposite. The population of hikers would have to practically dectuple before it reached the Appalachian Trail level of density. And I vividly remember long stretches of complete, eerie solitude. It’s all to the good....

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Pacific Crest Trail Offers Extremes in Both Weather and Terrain

“The Appalachian Trail is more difficult step-for-step, but the Pacific Crest Trail offers greater extremes.” That is the conventional wisdom. And unlike conventional wisdom on Wall Street, hiking community conventional wisdom is often correct. Indeed the PCT traverses 703 miles of desert before even entering the ‘High Sierra’. While not actually on the PCT most thru-hikers do attempt to go up Mount. Whitney, the highest...

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