Hiking Books Make Great Christmas Gifts Because….

Posted by on December 6, 2014 in 'Getting High--The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal', Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

What are you looking for in a Christmas gift? Obviously, your answer could be a million things. Some of you–if you are like me–are probably just looking to check the box. Done. Move on to next item.

But let me please suggest this. My most memorable gifts over the years have been those that enabled, as opposed to provided a temporary surge of pleasure. Personally speaking, I came up with the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail after reading Bill Bryson’s bestselling, A Walk in the Woods. Many are gaining similar impetus from Cheryl Strayed’s Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

I published my first hiking book seven years ago and have seen a definite pattern in sales. The sale of paperbacks goes up every December. So obviously there are a lot of like-minded souls out there. We would all do well to remember the immortal words of St. Augustine–Solvitur ambulando (Walking solves all).

Bill Walker is the author of several popular hiking books, including 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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