Wednesday, August 4, 2010

the glories of our journey

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
--John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) US historian

The Appalachian Trail near the Nolichucky River outside of Erwin, TN. Seems most thru-hikers I've met keep a journal of some sort as they make their way along the 2,179 mile trail. Many hikers have published their AT memoirs over the years: Click here for a list of them from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Their store actually has a lot of fun items: like the mapdanna and a shirt for those allergic to cities. You'll also find many guides and maps to the AT, including official guidebooks to each section of the trail. The one for TN/NC is very good and comes with four detailed maps on two sheets (also available from Amazon here).

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