Take a Hike! is the story of one man's journey on the 2,167 mile long Appalachian Trail. Tim Hewitt, whose trail name was Paddler, talks about trip planning and preparation and shares with you his daily journal for his six month adventure.
He is joined on the trip by his 13-year-old son David for five weeks in the summer. David's journal and perspective are also included. This book is not intended to be an all-inclusive planning guide for your Appalachian Trail thru-hike, but it does contain information that the author believes will help you to plan and succeed in your own long distance hiking adventure.
Bonus chapters bring you a sample of Tim's creative writing talent as well, as he introduces you to the mythology of the Cherokee Ugalu, and the Penobscot Pamola, two spirit-beasts that haunt the Appalachian Mountains. These short stories are also available in the stand-alone book; Appalachian Trail Myths: The Ugalu & Pamola.
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Good as a book... not so much here...
First of all and above all: Congratulations on completing the Thru-Hike!!!!
For one not having set foot on the AT it seems somewhat presumptuous to criticise something I admire but still:
Two major issues I personally have with this audiobook:
1) the journal style of the Book seems legit and interesting for reading but makes things extremely repetitive and ultimately boring. Especially when it comes to a list of items to pack, the amount of breakfasts, lunches and dinners, which water bottle to use when etc. Secondly it feels annoying to hear „life is good“ for the 637393rd time within 10 minutes. Again - in a book - fine and good to do research and read in different steps - as an audiobook - not my cuppa.
2) the narrator!!!!! Pathetic!!!!! When performing on a topic that involves hiking, one would assume that the person speaking would be able to pronounce the most decent and basics words properly!!!! Nope.
Hostel, Kathadin, etc are pronounced randomly and pronunciation is changed from chapter to chapter. It makes it hard and somewhat painful to follow.
Again - my deepest respect to the author on having achieved something that will most likely remain a dream for many (including me) but the audiobook realisation falls short of what this book offers.