Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors
If, for you, January weather lends itself more to sitting and reading than tackling the great outdoors, here are my favorite hiking stories to tide you over until warmer weather.
Having on many occasions bitten off more than I can chew when it comes to physcial endeavors, I appreciate Bill Bryson's every man approach to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Hike 2,100 miles? And why not? It's just a walk in the woods after all! If you have ever spent more money on your hiking boots than you did on your first car and see the value of Twinkies as trail food, check out a " A Walk in the Woods; Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail."
You do not have to be a grown up to do big things. These two family hiking stories show that children are capable of greatness when they are allowed to follow their passions.
"Zero Days: The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly and 10 year old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest Trail." Barbara Egbert and Gary Chambers and their precocious 10 year old daughter Mary embark on a 2,650 mile hike from Mexico to Canada along the famed Pacific Crest Trail. Six months later, Mary would become the youngest person ever to successfully walk the entire trail.
"Up: A Mother and Daughters Peakbagging Adventure". By the time Alex was five, her over the top energy levels led her mother to believe that her very young daughter might be capable of hiking adult size mountains. Together they climb all forty eight of New Hampshire's highest mountains.
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