Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Walker

Why could a middle-aged businessman, who had by no means even spent a unmarried evening outdoor, try and hike the complete Appalachian path in a single yr? invoice Walker, a former commodities dealer in Chicago and London, and an avid walker, had built a digital obsession to thru-hike the 2,175 mile AT. within the spring of 2005 he trigger, decided to hike this Georgia-to-northern Maine desert path earlier than the coming of wintry weather. instantly, he learned he had plunged right into a complete new international. The AT has a few ferociously tricky terrain, winding via dramatically varied geography, and covers the very maximum peaks within the East.

Walker's close to 7-foot top earned him the path identify, Skywalker, and drew resentful raves from fellow hikers. yet that very same peak made him extra at risk of weight reduction, chilly climate, and crushing fatigue. An elemental worry of bears, snakes, and getting misplaced additionally loomed huge. the adventure frequently gave the look of a see-saw conflict among his decision vs. his errors. The Appalachian path has constructed a notable tradition through the years. No different state has a footpath even remotely as well known. as much as 4 million humans hike at the AT at numerous issues in the course of any given yr. Mortals are compelled--or probably cursed--to relive their lifetime experience. this is often invoice Walker's (Skywalker's) unforgettable model, leavened with ruthlessly self-deprecating humor. His fondest wish is to motivate different beginners and amateur hikers, to provide the Appalachian path a try out to boot.

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