By David Miller

ISBN-10: 0547745524

ISBN-13: 9780547745527

“Makes you're feeling the soreness and pleasure of an Appalachian path thru-hike . . . In bright shades, David paints an image of his memorable journey.”—Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian path Museum Society

In 2003, David Miller left his activity, kin, and pals to satisfy a dream and hike the Appalachian path. AWOL at the Appalachian path is Miller’s account of this thru-hike alongside the complete 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On web page after web page, readers are handled to wealthy descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the muse that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that could merely be skilled while goals are pursued. whereas this publication abounds with introspection and perseverance, it additionally offers worthy passages approximately protection and correct apparatus, displaying a qualified hiker’s arrangements and tenacity. this isn't basically a shuttle consultant, yet a superbly written and hugely own view into one man’s event and what it capability to make a lifelong imaginative and prescient come true.

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Ask a resident of, say, Missoula or Helena, what aspect of the city he or she most enjoys. Eleven out of a dozen will cite the close proximity of hiking trails, lakes or fly fishing streams. Not that music and the performing arts go unappreciated. Some cities support active arts communities. At one time, gold was heavily mined in Montana’s mountain country. Today’s motherlode is visitors. Tourism being Montana’s number two industry, many mountain dwellers make their livings from some aspect of it.

This disease is every fishing outfitter’s worst nightmare. Rainbow trout are the most vulnerable, while bull trout seem to resist the disease. Whirling disease is present in numerous Montana rivers, prompting changes in fishing regulations limiting the number and size of trout that may be taken in certain streams. Throw away that outdated Montana Fishing Regulations booklet, obtain a current one and read it through. So far, the Whirling Disease Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists are keeping ahead of the disease.

Chances are it contains the microscopic critters that cause giardia, a nasty intestinal illness that lays you low and lingers long after you return home. Pack food and water for a couple of days longer than you expect to remain out. n Only experienced back country hikers with solid orienteering and survival skills should backpack into the Bob Marshall/Great Bear/Scapegoat Wilderness on their own. This also goes for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Don’t overestimate your back country skills. It may be preferable to hire an experienced back country guide or to join a hiking tour.

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