Appalachian Trials by Zach Davis

Appalachian Trials

Each year, it is estimated that more than 2,000 people set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, yet seven in ten ultimately fall short of their goal. Given the countless number of how-to books and websites offering information about logistics, gear, and endurance training, one would think that more people would finish this 2,200 mile trek. Why then, do so many hikers quit prematurely?After successfully thru-hiking the AT in five months with ze...


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TitleAppalachian Trials
Author
Release DateFeb 1st, 2012
PublisherGood Badger Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Environment, Nature, Adventure, Travel
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Reviews Appalachian Trials

  • Christie Bane
    2017-02-26
    This a great book, in a category of its own apart from trail guidebooks and how-to books focused on logistics. I've read a lot about thru-hiking the AT, and this is the only book I've found that is all about the mental aspects of being a thru-hiker (including what sounds to me like really good advice for taking what you've learned on the trail and applying it to real life, and also for how to "come down" off the trail and re-enter the real world)...
  • illcookforyou
    2012-02-16
    You can choose to duplicate Zach’s adventures and hike the Appalachian Trail, or you can use Zach as an example as to how to put your life into perspective.Whether or not you plan on hiking the Appalachian Trail, I highly recommend reading Zach’s book. This book is a MUST READ for the prospective Appalachian Trail hiker or the average Joe/Jodi who has never hiked a day in their life. This book is funny, it’s motivational, but most of all, i...
  • Marcella Wigg
    2014-12-24
    There are many guides to Appalachian Trail thru hiking: the trail segments, hostels, and physical challenges along the way. But the hardest aspects of hiking 2,200 miles are the psychological challenges of sticking with it, even in the toughest of times, even when life outdoors becomes less than novel. Zach Davis, a successful 2011 AT thru hiker, offers a lot of valuable advice for any prospective hiker in this quick read, including strategies to...
  • Bob Wallner
    2013-06-16
    Not at all what I expected. I don't know much about the author's background other than what he shared, but this book was a fun read that could have been about how to succeed at any of life's challenges - The AT was just a nice example of a challenge. You could have easily put in, relationship, career, family, or really any goal. Much of what Zach talks about seems like echos of what I have read in the past by some of the best goal setting authors...
  • Adam Nutting
    2012-02-13
    I am preparing for a 2013 NOBO Thru-hike. I have been reading any book I can get my hands on to help prepare me for the adventure that lies ahead. I have yet to read a bad book however this is the first one that really speaks to the truth of the trail. Many people try to "sell the trail" and only provide the best parts of the trail and what worked best for them. Very few folks actually write about what they did that did not work. This book is 100...
  • Kevin Fanning
    2016-05-02
    I got a bunch of Appalachian Trail books from the library b/c someone I follow on twitter (Rahawa Haile) is thru-hiking and it's so inspiring? And I wondered what's involved, how difficult it is to plan and do this. I have no interest in thru-hiking the entire AT, but, idk! Maybe a tiny bit of it? Some day? It's sounds interesting. Anyways this is less of a "how to" and more of a "You can do it dudebro!". It's pretty casual and jokey in a way tha...
  • Debra L
    2013-08-19
    I am a 59-year-old overweight and under-exercised (read: computer-addicted) lady who is fascinated with mountains and hiking (although I have done every little myself). Since I read "Following Atticus" recently, and "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, I was drawn to and added Zach Davis' amazing book Appalachian Trials to my Kindle....it was satisfying on so many levels! So many times I had to just sit back and savor what he said, because it was so what I ...
  • Gail
    2016-02-10
    Truly authentic and realistic description of the challenges and joys of the trail.As a section hiker I have always dreamed of a thru-hike - - - some day :-)
  • Julie
    2015-02-09
    Lots of useful information. Upbeat, but not overly cheerful. Pragmatic approach to the mental game. The other side of preparation for 2,200 miles of walking.
  • Molli
    2013-05-01
    Loved this book! Best one I've read to prepare us for our hike(and I've read a lot!). I was laughing out loud while learning lots of new stuff that we need to know. Thanks, Zach!
  • Allison
    2013-04-09
    Excellent perspective on how to prepare to thru hike the AT.
  • LB
    2016-12-31
    3.5 / 5 stars ratingThis review is also posted at https://cabezadecrecre.wordpress.com/...... hiking the Appalachian Trail is meant to be enjoyed. All of life is meant to be enjoyed.Zach David thru-hiked (with a pit stop in Silicon Valley apparently) the Appalachian Trail in just over five months. Hot dang. From my (albeit limited) research, that's a bit faster than average, especially when you take into account contracting West Nile (doesn't tha...
  • Gail Gray
    2012-04-14
    It’s not often we see a Good Badger execute somersaults. But one, who chose to share his antics on the Appalachian Trail, did. In Appalachian Trials (be sure to notice the vowel shift) Zach Davis, the owner of the trail name, Good Badger, rolls from funny and glib to serious and profound, proving to be a complex person, as many are who attempt the AT and make it. Hikers and their families are lucky he chose to write such a book, an honest and a...
  • Nikki
    2018-10-08
    Purchased this book as it is a staple of the thru-hiking community. This is not an adventure book detailing all of the things that happened on "Badger's" hike, nor it is a extensive guide to the AT. Rather, it is a book about how to prepare yourself mentally for such a big challenge, since thru hikes are transformative experiences but by no means are they all sunshine and roses. I read this book in one sitting at a backcountry campsite, as I am h...
  • Lance Clarke
    2019-01-04
    I've read dozens of books on long distance hiking, and had been told that this is the most essential for doing the AT. It is not. While it is good, and had a few thoughts I hadn't seen before, I'd say it was over-rated. Mostly common sense. However, your experience may differ if you have absolutely no experience, and haven't done a lot of research into thru hiking yet.It is also quite a short book. So go ahead and read this book, it's not a terri...
  • Michelle
    2018-02-27
    Love the authors voice in this book. Excellent, amusing, and a quick read. Definitely good advice for any major lifestyle challenges that you want to pursue. I read this in preparation for a completely different challenge other than hiking and found it honest, motivating, and inspiring. Though he absolutely convinced me that hiking for months through the woods is not for me. Lol. Which is good information to have!
  • Rebecca
    2017-02-06
    Started reading this book 4 weeks prior to starting the trail which is a good time in my opinion... there are many things i already thought about as well as different lists I made which I now got reminded of. And I was really happy reading something not much related to gear for once, I got really tired of it. This mental prep was a good read, I can gladly recommend it
  • Kevin O'brien
    2018-07-22
    Definitely a more unusual take on hiking the AT. Author could have used an editor but overall the style came off as accessible and honest. Some good nuggets of wisdom as I look more into doing the AT myself.
  • Lea
    2017-11-12
    It was great but it was too short. I wanted more.
  • Mike Reinking
    2018-07-04
    Short book on the psychological aspects of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Some good points but also a bit weak in spots - self published, so good for him!
  • Jordan
    2018-12-20
    Super helpful!
  • David L King
    2017-11-28
    Good readLearned a lot reading this book in preparation for hiking the AT next year. This is information I had not found anywhere else.
  • Katharine Rudzitis
    2018-03-10
    Great job pinpointing the importance of mental conditioning. No amount of gear will get you there if your attitude is wrong.
  • Gabe
    2018-06-20
    Eh. 2.5 stars
  • Kelly
    2017-05-07
    Amazing book. Well written. A must read if you are considering through hiking.
  • Carl Nelson
    2016-09-27
    Unique among thru-hiker guide books, Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail discusses the mental outlook necessary for the rigorous 2,200 mile hike. Zach Davis covers mental preparation prior to a thru-hike, keeping a mindset of enjoying the experience even when severely challenged, and acclimating back to "real life" after the hike.I especially enjoyed his focus on keeping perspe...
  • PD
    2016-01-09
    I have recently started section hiking the Appalachian trail. I hope to one day thru-hike, but that probably won't be for another 20+ years or so.What caught my attention about this book was its subtitle: "a psychological and emotional guide to successfully thru-hiking the Appalachian trail."I love gear. I love maps. I love the Appalachian trail. This book was a great piece from the vantage point of the internal journey needed to accomplish a thr...
  • Steve Hussey
    2016-12-19
    The best book to prepare yourself mentally to enjoy what hiking the AT really means.
  • Jake Edmunds
    2017-02-08
    I have begun recommending this book for reasons totally unrelated to hiking the Appalachian Trail (as well as the obvious Trail-related reasons). Davis's approach to psychological and emotional preparedness, evident through his suggestions for becoming mentally prepared for the Trail, are laden with takeaways that are relevant to almost any significant challenge in life. This is also a rather quick read that includes some reference material that ...
  • Kayla
    2015-01-26
    I was going back and forth with the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail this year, mostly because I was filled with doubts and insecurities regarding my lack of outdoors experience and fear of it not being the "practical" thing to do with six months of my life. I have never known anyone who accomplished a thru-hike of the trail, and all my research has been from reading countless articles and online forums. Zach made me feel as though he was enc...