Thru-Hiker Reading

For the other book lovers out there.

Books I read before hitting the AT.

While all these books were not necessarily about a thru-hike, all were helpful in some way, shape, or form to me.

  1. Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the art of the thru hike by Liz Thomas
  2. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
  3. Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail by Zach Davis
  4. Where’s the Next Shelter by Gary Sizer
  5. Awol on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
  6. As Far as the Eye Can See: Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker by David Brill
    (Not gonna lie, the three Appalachian Trail books above, I read one after another, so they kind of blended into one for me)
  7. How to Walk Across America: And Not be an A**hole by Tyler Coulson
  8. Tracks by Robyn Davidson
  9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  10. Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John McCann (A bit of a joke gift from my boyfriend)
  11. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  12. God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
  13. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman

Currently in the process of reading, but probably won’t be able to finish before starting.

  • Thru and Back Again by Luke Jordan
  • National Geographic The Ultimate hiker’s gear guide by Andrew Skurka

Books on my to-read list and always looking for more!

  • Thru Hiking will Break your Heart by Carrot Quinn
  • Life on Foot: A Walk Across America by Nate Damm
  • Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey by Jennifer Hanson
  • Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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    Lance A Goehring : Mar 10th

    Love your list! Many of them are my faves.

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