The Power and Magic of the Appalachian Trail

The Power and Magic of the Appalachian Trail

There is something to be said about walking the Appalachian Trail for two months and living one's life off one's back, carrying everything you need to survive in your backpack. The lifestyle on the Appalachian Trail is priceless.

Author: Donald E. Williams Jr. "Jug"

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781480992580

Category: Travel

Page: 228

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The Power and Magic of the Appalachian Trail By: Donald E. Williams Jr. “Jug” The Power and Magic of the Appalachian Trail is a real life epic tale about a series of hiking trips from Georgia to Maine that Jug and a supporting cast of counselors went on with several groups of multi-ethnic youth. Jug’s sole purpose in conducting these trips was to simply have the youth live in the mountains, catch some panoramic views, feel the pulse of the wild, hoping that the experience would trigger an awakening of the spirit and open up a brand new world that they all could express with love and pride. The trips were not easy. The Appalachian Trail hikes were mentally challenging, physically demanding, and requiring deep soul searching daily. Yet in the end, the explorations were immensely positive and also were enriching experience for the youth. The Appalachian Trail provided a setting that allowed for the openness and freedom where there is no limit to self growth, the greatest trail of all.
Categories: Travel

The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail

The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail

Community, Environment, and Belief Susan Power Bratton. churches. Trail magic thus has helped to keep the peace and reduce conflicts between hikers and residents along the corridor. The ATC has inadequate re- sources to offer much of ...

Author: Susan Power Bratton

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9781572338814

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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“Want to know what wilderness means to people who live it for over two thousand miles? Then read this extremely interesting, informative, intelligent, and thoughtful book.” —Roger S. Gottlieb, author of Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming “There is no doubt that Bratton’s book will be of value to students and scholars of leisure studies, recreation, and religion. Those who are familiar with the Appalachian Trail sense intuitively that a journey along its length kindles spiritual awakening; this book provides the hard data to prove it’s true.” —David Brill, author of As Far as the Eye Can See: Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker The Appalachian Trail covers 2,180 miles, passing through fourteen states from Georgia to Maine. Each year, an estimated 2–3 million people visit the trail, and almost two thousand attempt a “thru-hike,” walking the entire distance of the path. For many, the journey transcends a mere walk in the woods and becomes a modern-day pilgrimage. In The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail: Community, Environment, and Belief, Susan Power Bratton addresses the spiritual dimensions of hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Hikers often comment on how their experience as thru-hikers changes them spiritually forever, but this is the first study to evaluate these religious or quasireligious claims critically. Rather than ask if wilderness and outdoor recreation have benefits for the soul, this volume investigates specifically how long-distance walking might enhance both body and mind. Most who are familiar with the AT sense intuitively that a trek along its length kindles spiritual awakening. Using both a quantitative and qualitative approach, this book provides the hard data to support this notion. Bratton bases her work on five sources: an exhaustive survey of long-distance AT hikers, published trail diaries and memoirs, hikers? own logs and postings, her own personal observations from many years on the trail, and conversations with numerous members of the AT community, including the “trail angels,” residents of small towns along the path who attend to hikers? need for food, shelter, or medical attention. The abundant photographs reinforce the text and enable visualization of the cultural and natural context. This volume is fully indexed with extensive reference and notes sections and detailed appendixes. Written in an engaging and accessible style, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail presents a full picture of the spirituality of the AT. Susan Power Bratton is professor of environmental studies. She is the author of Six Billion and More: Human Population Regulation and Christian Ethics, Environmental Values in Christian Art, and Christianity, Wilderness, and Wildlife: The Original Desert Solitaire.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Hikers Stories from the Appalachian Trail

Hikers  Stories from the Appalachian Trail

Luckily, the power that a campfire seems to posses worked its magic. As the night grew darker the guys cheered up and began to laugh and tell stories about other trips they'd taken. The crackle and pop of wet logs accented the lighter ...

Author: Kathryn Fulton

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811746120

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

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Collection of highlights from twenty-one Appalachian Trail blogs.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Outsourced to the Appalachian Trail

Outsourced to the Appalachian Trail

When I got near the campsite I thought to myself, “Wait just one minute; a couple of those guys passed me up on the trail a while back.” Then I realized Trail Magic and stopped dead in my tracks. The guys at the campsite called me over ...

Author: Brendon Fassett

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781098037178

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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This book allows the reader to experience a foretaste of what life is like on the Appalachian Trail. The daily journal entries of all 162 days, along with photos of each of those days, shares the reality of what the AT can and will throw at you each and every day. The anticipation is that this book could be used as a guide for any individual who is thinking and/or planning a hike on the Appalachian Trail, whether it be a short weekend outing, a two to three week sectional hike, or even a full thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. The information shared throughout this five month and one-week adventure will permit the reader to better understand the many different sensations that come over you while maneuvering this 2.189.2-mile path on God's green earth. You will read of the many instances of wonder, majesty, and grandeur, along with many photos of God's creation. Along with the beauty that is found on the trail, the reality is that it will also include many dangers that you could and will be confronted with as well, which are shared throughout this writing. To peak your interest, here is a sample of the possible dangers that the author was faced with: rock climbing, a freak blizzard in Tennessee, a bear eating grass all around his tent while in it, getting lost in the woods, running out of water, falling backward off a couple of smaller cliffs due to the forty-pound backpack strapped to his back, wet, slippery rocks that caused a slide on all fours down the face of a mountain, literal mountain climbing, lost forty-five pounds, and many more harrowing experiences. No matter what adventure you find yourself participating in, be certain that you are prepared for anything and everything. It could save your life!
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Rogue Magic

Rogue Magic

“What did it feel like, knowing you had unbelievable power coursing through your veins?” “Uh.” He shrugged awkwardly. “It's all a blur.” The first time he'd consciously played with his magic, he'd been hiking the Appalachian Trail ...

Author: Kit Brisby

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

ISBN: 9781626495272



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The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail

The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail

Our excitement and adrenaline power us up the ridge, and soon Teresa and I are standing on a huge plateau called The Table with the summit a mile away, a long ridge rising out of the plateau. The dreary gray skies have turned into a ...

Author: Kevin Runolfson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456817

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 228

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This upbeat nitty-gritty memoir, based on the author’s 2001 trail journal, chronicles one man’s hike the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, beginning just north of Atlanta and finishing six months later in Maine. The journey included adventures with a faithful and eccentric dog, a new romance, and the challenges and triumphs of walking 2167 miles in all kinds of weather.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Average People Extraordinary Trail Volume I The Appalachian Trail

Average People  Extraordinary Trail  Volume I   The Appalachian Trail

ice cream" was the magic word... he was in! It was a nice relaxing break/ride. A couple of ice cream sandwiches and a couple of Powerades later and I was ready to hike. The rest of the afternoon was spent climbing Wilcat Peak D, Peak C, ...

Author: Mark Allen


ISBN: 9781456603489

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 396

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Average People, Extraordinary Trail is written for anyone that has an interest in the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), or hiking in general. You don't have to be an experienced hiker, or professional outdoorsman, to enjoy a day, or a year, on the A.T. Enjoy a "desk hike" while reading the author's daily journal entries from his 2009 A.T. thru-hike. Prepare for your own hike, or just learn a little about the Appalachian Trail. Each chapter has a planning section and an equipment section. Over 100 photographs are included.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Dang Valley Beginnings

Dang Valley  Beginnings

Got to absorb “Appalachian Trail Magic” first hand, see a country music legend, feel the power of our sixteenth president like never before, cheer in the best ballpark in the land, experience Twain and the Mississippi, ...

Author: Steve Rincavage


ISBN: 9781411667563

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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The story about Johnny North, a high school senior from Anchorage, Alaska and the vicissitudes that have been special delivered from the 98.6% parallel Oh Henry galaxy. The Dang family of Pennsylvania discovers Johnny in their barn and reveals to him that serendipity is alive and well on Planet Three. Various topics of faith, adventure, occupation, relationships and science get sprinkled with relevant music and poetry. To Johnny North, Dang Valley has the mixed-up ingredients of the Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Mr. Ed, Huckleberry Finn and Woodstock shoved into a blender where the only item left spinning is the maelstrom of life. George Dang, the old patriarch in town, helps entwine all the little stories into the big stories of consciousness and existence. Who better than Mark Twain to begin each chapter with an anecdote from the past to enlighten the present. Sometimes it is best to enjoy the ride from the outside and march fourth with twenty-twenty vision.
Categories: Fiction

Pacific Dream

Pacific Dream

In his lifetime that man never completed his through - hike . ... an Appalachian Trail fairy tale about a magic formula for the perfect GORP snack mix which gives anyone who eats it the power to hike unlimited miles .

Author: John Illig


ISBN: 193276237X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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A PACIFIC CREST TRAIL THROUGH HIKE THIS VIVID ACCOUNT OF A MAN AND HIS WIFE HIKING FROM MEXICO TO CANADA AT ONE GO IS AMAZING. "Unflinchingly honest, vividly told, funny, true, fascinating, exciting - Pacific Dream is all these things. It's the best book I've read this year and I'll never forget it. John writes with a candor that's shockingly fresh and real. His prose is clear as the water in one of the rushing streams he fords. It's as if I walked the trail with him, and I loved every step- - and this, coming from a non-hiker, is high praise." D.W.St.John, Author/Editor
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Excuse Me Your God Is Waiting

Excuse Me  Your God Is Waiting

months off to hike the Appalachian Trail, moving to Paris to be an actress, starting a business, and finding a wonderful Victorian home in a rural village and retiring early ... Feel the power of being able to create magic and manifest.

Author: Michelle Epiphany Prosser

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 1612830099

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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For many of us, the search for the true self begins and ends with God. Certainly this is true for author Michelle Prosser. In this remarkable book, Prosser opens up her life experiences to light the way for each of us as we undertake our own journey of self-discovery. There are many books available now that teach us how to use the Law of Attraction to bring into reality the life we really want. Excuse Me, Your God Is Waiting puts God front and center in the process and in our lives. We not only benefit from Prosser's many experiences but also from the numerous exercises she includes--exercises that allow us to get to know God, perhaps in a different way than we've ever experienced before. She shows us how to make God a part of each day, each experience, each trial, and each celebration.
Categories: Religion