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totally disagree with what i wrote before - I don't know if I was wanting more of a story/narrative, but overall this is a good resource for its topic, including brief anecdotes along with a compilation of individual hikers' experiences with various types of equipment, preparation, and with the Trail in general. Sadly I think my family has made me too focused on at least a veneer of practicality to take up my pack and go out on the trail for 3 months... but at the same time, considering my path...more
Excellent. The only book you really ought to read if you're thinking about a long-distance hike on the AT. Gives you real numbers about what's important (pack and shoes) and what's not as important (tent and sleeping bag) and what's downright ridiculous (bear attacks and finding a girl on the trail). Some of the gear information is a bit dated, but if you're commonsensical about it you can readily extrapolate the information. There are more encyclopedic gearhead resources, but Mueser's text exud...more
A little of the advice is getting a bit on in years; it questions whether you should bring your cell phone "brick" that never gets signal, and of course, the popular brands of different gear has shifted in some cases. Nevertheless, the book is indispensable advice for a long-distance hike, as it combines practical advice from hundreds of hikers into one book. The author has no delusions that his personal advice is best, and seemed to have a genuine interest in helping future hikers as much as po...more