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Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his
2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous,
frightening, and inspirational stories including bears, bugs, blisters,
captivating characters, skunk bed mates, and hilarious food cravings. As
Alt walked more than 5 million steps through freezing temperatures,
driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge
that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy.
Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over
$500,000 for Sunshine, the home where his brother lives.  This is the
20th anniversary edition.  As you walk along with Alt,
experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them.
Alt's lessons from the trail celebrate family, stewardship of the
earth, good health, and the American spirit.

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Reviews for A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail:

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October 21, 2010

I really wanted to give it 5 stars!
I'll state up front that it is admirable for Jeff Alt to take on this charitable cause for the Sunshine Home in Maumee, Ohio. Hiking the Appalachian Trail from end to end is a feat I've always wanted to accomplish myself and what he has done is remarkable. That said:

The book is a didactive nuts and bolts account of the AT and beginning backpacking and the experiences that go with it. If you've never been out at length he explains:
What is giardia.
Experiencing a lightning storm while camping.
Equipment and food requirements
Basic hiking advice etc.

I rate this book only 3 stars (I state this only for it has an astounding amount of 5 stars) for it's flat description of the experience as a whole. The daily accounts are very dry and the relationships he does form on the trail are simplified by the dialogue and description. I mean no offense to Mr. Alt but it seems as if each day was outlined and then mechanically put into the manuscript without a great degree of redaction or editing.

If you love reading about a great accomplishments for great causes then this is the book for you. If you have an eccentricity about the AT as I do and want to hear an enjoyable presentation ("Walking North by Mic Lowther comes to mind) about the trail nuances, the hikers, and why someone does such a thing (that's not already stated in the title) then I still recommend the book whole heartedly but You may not necessarily be the audience the book was intended for.
2

June 7, 2012

a painful read
The author's journey is admirable on many levels. Thru-hiking the AT is a dream of mine. Raising money for charity is amazing and selfless!

But this book was so incredibly boring to read. The writing was mechanical and overly methodical. The lack of emotion and description was painful. This felt like a high-school book report.

There are many other AT thru-hike reads that do a better job of capturing the emotion and beauty of this hike. I *would* recommend this book for young readers as the author takes care to sanitize his language.
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Oct 23, 2010

Generally now I rate books now with 1 to 5 stars without any comment but felt I needed to take the time to write this review.

I appreciate what Jeff Alt was trying to accomplish, and I know giving a book that is based on a charitable act, less than a glowing review, is unpopular. But I feel taken in by this book (my own fault) by the out of this world reviews and touted “awards” garnered by it. I shelled out $9.99 for the book and I guess I’m a bit irked.

I have read most of the books on the AT Generally now I rate books now with 1 to 5 stars without any comment but felt I needed to take the time to write this review.

I appreciate what Jeff Alt was trying to accomplish, and I know giving a book that is based on a charitable act, less than a glowing review, is unpopular. But I feel taken in by this book (my own fault) by the out of this world reviews and touted “awards” garnered by it. I shelled out $9.99 for the book and I guess I’m a bit irked.

I have read most of the books on the AT and these books I feel are different than other books of similar genre because there have been so many of them based on the exact same experience in general. They recount sections of the trail, shelters, restaurants, hotels etc. that other books on through hiking the AT have been written. I’ve even read similar books that had the exact same hiker they met in the woods that year. So comparing them makes a reader that loves reading about the AT that more particular on what he or she likes.

I averaged my rating by giving:
3 stars---
For the comprehensive description on basic backpacking he has requirements/expectations for long distance hiking and general overview of the trail. This stuff is really for the beginning backpacker.
The author seems to have a good heart and often sees things through fresh eyes. Ex: camping in a thunderstorm for the first time. If you’ve done this hundreds of times you might not appreciate the chapter as much as someone that is unfamiliar with the experience.

2 stars ---
For the lack of depth and on everyday trail life. There are many Wikipedia like references for many of the places on the trail (civil war battles, suicide locations, murderers) where I would have preferred a more personal viewpoint. Awkward readability, poor grammar and misspellings that boggle you on how they could get by an editor/proofreader or spellchecker…especially in the 3rd edition! Readability is more than a problem.

0 stars ----
For the deceptive marketing. (I chose this book by the reviews and the awards it was given. On page 50 I realized it just didn’t gibe with the quality of the writing. It made me so curious that I did some research: The awards received were from private firms you pay to review your book. How objective the review is….don’t know, but you paid for it.
There is a big medal on the cover from Writersnotes.com “Book Award Winner.” “A Walk for Sunshine” is mentioned on their site after all the awards for Legacy books (over two years old) and was just listed as notable…after the runner ups. Is this an award?
I am glad this book and his adventures have made money for his charities. I take responsibility for not taking a closer look and will be more wary in the future.

All and all I still recommend it for those curious enough about the Appalachian Trail but there are many that are much better to read first.
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3

June 18, 2009

A good narative
While the book makes a good read for those wanting to know about life on the trail, it really isn't a great piece of literature. This is not to belittle Alt's accomplishment or his dedication to his brother, both very admirable. However, the writing reads like a journal. It's very repetitive and like many books written by amateurs, it tends to get very tedious at the end. Eating and lodging off the trail seem to be the goals in the final chapters. The book reads fast because there just isn't much development of characters or narrative.

In comparison to "Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, it really is in a separate category. Bryson is a professional writer and a very humorous one, at that. His writing is provocative and interesting. In Bryson's book, the story revolves around much more than hiking and self-glorification that make up the stories of so many "thru-hikers". Bryson is reconnecting not only with his country after a long sojourn but also with his past by walking with an old friend. While his writing is very funny, Bryson is still able to explore ideas that reflect in all of us- our past, our country. Alt's writing won't connect with you unless you've hiked the trail or at least done some major long distance hiking. And then, if you're older, like me, you'll only recognize the wall of bravado that deflects criticism, self-criticism. What the hell am I doing out here? This is why all of these books tend to lose any interest at the end. They came to get away from civilization while hiking to Mt. Katahdin. Then they slowly start to let it creep back in, looking for the cool spots to stay and the famous trail restaurants, getting caught up in trail drama, etc. In the end, they end up looking for civilization on the trail and when they get to Mt. Katahdin, they find the trail ended long ago. For that reason, I just don't think this is a great piece of 5 star literature and I suspect that a lot of these good reviews are really for the wonderful cause that motivates Alt.

I sincerely hope that people don't take this as a knock against Jeff Alt as a person. The guy, by all points of view that I can see, is a very admirable person. He has embraced a cause bigger than himself for people who weren't born with his gifts. If we could all be like that, what a wonderful world this would be. You can tell in his writing that he looks out for others and is the type of person you like to see on the trail. If you want to know what it is like to hike long distance, this is the account for you. I would urge each and every one to donate to his cause, the Sunshine Home.
5

July 28, 2017

Five Stars
This is one of my favorite AT books, Jeff's attitude for life leaves you feeling refreshed.
After reading this book I felt myself with a much lighter attitude about life, this author is contagious in a good way. This book is simple yet page turning, I could feel myself on this hike with Jeff and didn't want it to end! This is probably the best AT book I have read so far as I really enjoy those kinds of books. A light and easy read that I'm sure I'll reread as time goes on. Inspiring story as well for the fact he did this for his brother.
5

July 6, 2015

Great book so far
This is the 12th Appalachian Trial book that I have purchased and I just finished up with Chapter 12 (of 35). While I will have this book completed in a week or so and will surely re-review it then, I wanted to get my thoughts down. So far so good! This is exactly the type of book I am looking for when reading a thru-hikers book. Besides "Grandma Gatewood's Walk", this is the first thru-hiker's book that I don't want to put down. Here is what I like:
1. Despite the fact that he is doing this for charity, the charity aspect is only part of his reason for hiking the trail, and he does not turn the book into a salespitch.
2. The book is not endless complaints about life on the trail.. He hurt his ankle at the point I am at now, and if he is complaining about it, then he is doing a good job of hidign it.
3. I know exactly where he is on the trail throughout the entire book so far.
4. He developes relationships with other hikers and talks about them in the book.
5. He sticks to the trail and his experiences on it. I haven't read a self-indulgent diatribe riddled soapbox like I have in so many other books.

Great book so far and I can't wait to continue on!
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July 22, 2013

Well...
I read this after reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, which was such a fun read. A Walk for Sunshine is more like a bunch of essays glued together; there is much repetition that kind of annoyed me. It IS interesting to compare the two writers' stories and experiences, and that makes this book worth the reading, but I would not read it again.
4

Jan 09, 2012

Did you overindulge like most of us during the holidays? I set a New Year Resolution to lose weight and get in shape? I know it is my all the time resolution. I have tried diet plans before only to find myself back to my old eating habits? How do you keep your waistline in check when you overeat? Take A Hike! So says outdoor enthusiast extraordinaire and author Jeff Alt. I just finished reading 'A Walk for Sunshine' and watched the DVD this weekend with Dear Hubby. I was hoping this would help Did you overindulge like most of us during the holidays? I set a New Year Resolution to lose weight and get in shape? I know it is my all the time resolution. I have tried diet plans before only to find myself back to my old eating habits? How do you keep your waistline in check when you overeat? Take A Hike! So says outdoor enthusiast extraordinaire and author Jeff Alt. I just finished reading 'A Walk for Sunshine' and watched the DVD this weekend with Dear Hubby. I was hoping this would help motivate both of us to get up and get out. We need to keep our bodies not only in shape (yes Dear Hubby says round is a shape...but not one I like) but keep our joints and muscles in good working order. That comes from use only!


Jeff Alt’s “Overeat and Lose Weight Plan” is a combination of walking, eating and exerting more calories than you consume. His method will prepare you to enjoy those moments of overindulgence; guilt free. He doesn’t endorse overeating unhealthy foods but he knows from his own habits how hard it ease to resist eating the food you love the most. Most really good food seems to come with a price tag of high calories, fat, and sugar. Jeff is an avid hiker. In addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, he also walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked across a 50-mile path of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family. He and his wife emerged from the church doors on their wedding day wearing backpacks, and his son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks. Now that is a serious hiker. I know that hiking is a great exercise but we also have to build up to those miles. So start off by going for a walk. Around the block, through the park, at the high school track, where ever you like. Just start by taking the time to put on foot in front of the other. ...more
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Sep 30, 2008

I generally love books about hiking the Appalachian Trail. This one sucked. I'm sure that Jeff Alt is a spectacular human being, and he came across that way in the book, but he desperately needed an editor to keep him on the straight and narrow. In one chapter gnats was spelled knats, and in the next it had morphed to nats. And he 'nawed' his food in one place. His pronouns needed help, too. "My thoughts and prayers were with he and his nephew." Every paragraph had a dangling participial phrase. I generally love books about hiking the Appalachian Trail. This one sucked. I'm sure that Jeff Alt is a spectacular human being, and he came across that way in the book, but he desperately needed an editor to keep him on the straight and narrow. In one chapter gnats was spelled knats, and in the next it had morphed to nats. And he 'nawed' his food in one place. His pronouns needed help, too. "My thoughts and prayers were with he and his nephew." Every paragraph had a dangling participial phrase. "Shortly after hanging our thumbs out, a truck pulled over...." "Not long after passing the trigger-happy hunter, a turkey walked across the trail." Although he didn't exactly panhandle on the trail itself, he was doing the hike as a "cause": raising money for Sunshine, the home his handicapped brother lives in. He's done very well with his fund-raising, and he hiked 10 yrs. ago when it wasn't so common, but we hikers have gotten really tired of hiking for causes. Probably 25% of the hikers out there now have a cause. Blah! Anyway, he's a nice guy, he believes in the home that has meant so much to his brother, and he did finish the trail, something I haven't done. He just can't write. Had I not been an English major in college, I might have loved this book. You never know. ...more
5

Aug 18, 2008

This is a well written account of a man that walked the 2160-mile Appalachian Trail dedicated to his brother, born with cerebral palsy. A Walk for Sunshine is an award-winning finalist of three book award contests and has received high praise from top reviewers with positive comments such as: Highly Recommended, gripping, inspiring, entertaining, humorous, motivating, and hard to put down. This easy to read book is an incredible adventure full of refreshing anecdotes as the author navigates the This is a well written account of a man that walked the 2160-mile Appalachian Trail dedicated to his brother, born with cerebral palsy. A Walk for Sunshine is an award-winning finalist of three book award contests and has received high praise from top reviewers with positive comments such as: Highly Recommended, gripping, inspiring, entertaining, humorous, motivating, and hard to put down. This easy to read book is an incredible adventure full of refreshing anecdotes as the author navigates the rugged Appalachian Trail and the journey of Life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ...more
5

May 15, 2008

Awesome book. A guy hikes the Appalacian Trail for charity. The charity is the home where his handicapped brother lives in Toledo, OH. The author is so real, he could be someone that you know. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always honest. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
*** I emailed the author to tell him I enjoyed his book. He wrote back within 2 days to say hello and he was glad I enjoyed his book. Very nice!
5

October 6, 2017

Read it now!
Loved this book! I have read a lot of AT Thru-Hiking stories and this is one of my new favorites. It's positive, real and inspiring! I often have the itch for a good long hike but can't always get away for more than a week/weekend, but having a good hiking book brings back all the memories of being in the woods and satisfies that itch for awhile... and sometimes makes the itch stronger! I am really thankful Jeff shared his story -- can't wait to check out some of the other stuff he's written too. READ THIS BOOK! It's awesome!
5

February 6, 2017

I Loved this book
I Loved this book. I was initially drawn to this book after my best friend asked if I would do a through hike with her. I found this book inspirationally as well as informative about the AT trail. I would recommend this book to anyone who is researching a through hike.
5

Aug 07, 2014

(4 1/2 stars, but I always round up)

Jeff Alt hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1998 for a cause near to his heart. His severely handicapped brother, unable to communicate or care for himself because of cerebral palsy, had to be institutionalized when the family could no longer care for him. The institution they finally settled on, Sunshine Inc. of Maumee, Ohio, proved to be a first class resource, and Jeff sought to help raise money to support their work.

He tirelessly worked toward a goal of (4 1/2 stars, but I always round up)

Jeff Alt hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1998 for a cause near to his heart. His severely handicapped brother, unable to communicate or care for himself because of cerebral palsy, had to be institutionalized when the family could no longer care for him. The institution they finally settled on, Sunshine Inc. of Maumee, Ohio, proved to be a first class resource, and Jeff sought to help raise money to support their work.

He tirelessly worked toward a goal of raising $10,000 as he trained for his hike. He had not achieved the goal when he set out on his Appalachian Trail adventure, but by the time he finished he had raised over $15,000.

The good cause aside, this is a book written by a young man with a warm, open heart and a wonderful low-key sense of humor. Example: not long after being chased out of a pasture by an angry bull and ignominiously falling on his face in front of drive-by hecklers as he clambered over the stile and out of the field, he pulled out his lunch, which was a roast beef sandwich, and "savored every bite with symbolic pleasure."

The book seems written and edited by amateurs. There are some basic spelling and usage errors (e.g. 'stile' in the story above is spelled 'style'). This is particularly noticeable during the first third of the book - to the point that it was a bit distracting. But the writing significantly improved through the middle and the end. It is as if Alt was growing as a writer, but did not take the time to go back to the beginning and revise.

In the end the book completely won me over because of its content and personality. The story of his hike was peppered with heart warming vignettes, the humor hit its stride by the middle of the book and kept going, and the simple selfless warmth of the story teller shined through on nearly every page. It is a worthwhile read for anyone, and one of the better Appalachian Trail hike memoirs. ...more
4

Jan 19, 2014

A friend recommended this to me and I'm glad he did. I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Alt's story of his hike on the Appalachian Trail in 1998, for a few reasons. First, I enjoy hiking, so I love hearing others's stories. But in this case, the author tells us of the myriad challenges he faced which includes a broken pair of boots! It was awesome to see his endurance and fortitude.

Going beyond the simple mechanics of the hike, it was awesome to see the motivation behind both the book and event. Sunshine A friend recommended this to me and I'm glad he did. I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Alt's story of his hike on the Appalachian Trail in 1998, for a few reasons. First, I enjoy hiking, so I love hearing others's stories. But in this case, the author tells us of the myriad challenges he faced which includes a broken pair of boots! It was awesome to see his endurance and fortitude.

Going beyond the simple mechanics of the hike, it was awesome to see the motivation behind both the book and event. Sunshine is a home for physically and developmentally challenged people. The author's brother has cerebral palsy and lives at Sunshine, in NW Ohio. The brother was the inspiration for the original hike - it was wonderful to hear about that motivation and bond that the author shares with his family.

I've read other information on the AT and even have maps to begin section hikes. This book really got me excited again, perhaps enough to get into gear and start planning my journey. I was hesitant before, but the courage this author starting alone was inspiring. He didn't end alone, and there were so many behind him, but many times it was only his own footsteps that kept him company on the trail. He's very inspiring.

I also loved hearing about all the trail magic and little towns along the way. My impression of the AT was always an occasional stop at a post office, then back to the woods. But now I see that the AT is an entire community consisting of trail angels, towns and so many hikers. It's such a busy trail!

If you like hiking or have an interest in the AT at all, I highly recommend this book. ...more
4

Oct 28, 2009

I can remember when I was younger doing walk-a-thons to raise money for various things at our schools. The longest I had walked was 20 miles. I believed that was a lot until I read this book. Jeff alt walked 2,160 miles to fulfill a dream and raise money for a worthy cause. When I walk today I complain if I have to walk in a little bit of drizzle or if the weather is too hot. Jeff walked in downpours, snow, extremely cold weather or extremely hot weather and still kept on going. His dream was to I can remember when I was younger doing walk-a-thons to raise money for various things at our schools. The longest I had walked was 20 miles. I believed that was a lot until I read this book. Jeff alt walked 2,160 miles to fulfill a dream and raise money for a worthy cause. When I walk today I complain if I have to walk in a little bit of drizzle or if the weather is too hot. Jeff walked in downpours, snow, extremely cold weather or extremely hot weather and still kept on going. His dream was to walk the Appalachian Trail, a personal dream while raising money for the Sunshine Home where his brother Aaron was. This book is his inspirational story of how he accomplished this and the friends he made along the way. I had to ask myself when I finished this book, would I have the courage and stamina to do this? I laughed at the simple things, such as his realizing how bad he smelled when he hurt his ankle and had to get a ride to Gatlinburg. I would have been terrified to have crossed paths and then stood up to the group they called "The Vegetarians." Jeff tried to make hiking a pleasure in so many ways for so many people on the trail. I know I will never hike the trail long distance as he did. The next time I am on it I will remember him and bring some of his inspiration with me. I loved the maps at the beginning of each chapter and found the gear list and tips for taking children hiking especially helpful I have several friends who have been asking for an opportunity to read this and I will gladly share this inspirational book. ...more
5

Apr 17, 2013

Totally engaging -- all the way through. Did not read like a journal. I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, numerous other books by though-hikers of the Appalachian Trail. Some, tho' interesting, felt more like a published journal -- so they kind of dragged along in some places. Jeff Alt did a fabulous job of putting his story together for us in a way that totally engaged and informed -- all the way through. An account like this can be boring for the reader, if too many of the day-to-day Totally engaging -- all the way through. Did not read like a journal. I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, numerous other books by though-hikers of the Appalachian Trail. Some, tho' interesting, felt more like a published journal -- so they kind of dragged along in some places. Jeff Alt did a fabulous job of putting his story together for us in a way that totally engaged and informed -- all the way through. An account like this can be boring for the reader, if too many of the day-to-day (repetitive) details are included. While keeping the continuity well intact, Jeff did a great job of offering a fascinating account of his thru-hiking experience. It was very well written, moved along at a good pace, and did not repeat information. Sometimes, he cleverly withheld specifics until just the right time to insert them with a particular event -- which greatly enhanced the story. Yet, I was never confused about the time line. Yes, great continuity!! I enjoyed his stories and accountings, and thought he did a super job of describing the fellow hikers he encountered -- some of them very colorful characters, as are found on the AT. Very well done! He never offered judgment about others who didn't complete the entire distance, or invited criticism. He also gave credit to others where due. // Jeff hiked the AT to raise money for a charity close to his heart. He gave well-deserved credit to his "team," who supported him in various ways in his endeavor. Congrats to Jeff for the great contribution he made to his family and a wonderful charity! I would like to know this guy! ...more
5

Oct 16, 2008

This is a very engaging and uplifting account of an amazing accomplishment. What most struck me about this particular story is the way it illustrates how we can each use our own talents and interests to make the world a better place for others. I was really disappointed in Leslie's criticism of "hiking for causes" - "we hikers are really tired of hiking for causes--blah!" How anyone could find something negative in Jeff taking on a great personal, physical and financial challenge in order to This is a very engaging and uplifting account of an amazing accomplishment. What most struck me about this particular story is the way it illustrates how we can each use our own talents and interests to make the world a better place for others. I was really disappointed in Leslie's criticism of "hiking for causes" - "we hikers are really tired of hiking for causes--blah!" How anyone could find something negative in Jeff taking on a great personal, physical and financial challenge in order to benefit someone else, (not once but twice - this hike to benefit cerebral palsy and the later "Hike for Mike" to raise awareness for depression and suicide) is beyond me. I hope that this type of cynicism doesn't discourage others from supporting causes close to their heart, whether through hiking or any other means.

I have heard Jeff speak at a book signing and his enthusiasm for the outdoors is wonderful. He really wants people to understand how good it is for the soul to spend some time surrounded by nature, which is evident in the story of this particular hike. The descriptions of the trail are wonderful and really give you a sense of what he went through, good and bad, on this adventure. He has definitely motivated me to make sure my family takes advantage of opportunities to get outside and take a hike whenever we can! ...more
4

Feb 03, 2018

This book is a memoir and recollection of the author's experiences thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in order to raise awareness and funds for Sunshine. Sunshine is the home that takes care of his brother Aaron, who has cerebral palsy.

As an avid hiker, I enjoyed the book, learning about what life is like spending 5 months on the AT, as well as all of the planning and support that is involved with making it happen. It is an adventure that taxes the mind and body, as one hikes day in and day This book is a memoir and recollection of the author's experiences thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in order to raise awareness and funds for Sunshine. Sunshine is the home that takes care of his brother Aaron, who has cerebral palsy.

As an avid hiker, I enjoyed the book, learning about what life is like spending 5 months on the AT, as well as all of the planning and support that is involved with making it happen. It is an adventure that taxes the mind and body, as one hikes day in and day out through rain, cold, and heat. For the author it was an adventure made possible by the support of his friends & family as well as the numerous encounters with trail magic, which is the above and beyond help given to hikers.

While interesting, the author lacked the story telling abilities to make this as engaging as A Walk in the Woods. And the book was a bit slow after he completed the hike. If you can only read one book on hiking the AT, I would recommend A Walk in the Woods , but if you have read that this is worth checking out. ...more
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Apr 25, 2013

I don't want to trash this too much because the guy did something amazing (thru-hike the AT) and raised a lot of money for charity and it just seems mean to critique this honestly in light of that. Basically I give this 2 stars for his drive and intentions but he is not a writer and stretches of this were painful to read. There are definitely some seeds of good stories in here, but he does not cultivate them properly. It's like reading a middle school essay. He includes every detail regardless I don't want to trash this too much because the guy did something amazing (thru-hike the AT) and raised a lot of money for charity and it just seems mean to critique this honestly in light of that. Basically I give this 2 stars for his drive and intentions but he is not a writer and stretches of this were painful to read. There are definitely some seeds of good stories in here, but he does not cultivate them properly. It's like reading a middle school essay. He includes every detail regardless of relevance or interest to the reader and delivers it all in short choppy sentences. For an entire chapter he spells gnats as "knats" and then switches to the correct spelling in the next chapter. I was surprised to learn his age was 31 at the time of this hike because the tone of the book is much more juvenile and his comments on the attractiveness of the women hikers were frankly, a bit creepy. I suspect in those instances, he was trying to convey a sense of loneliness/need for connection but it was so unskillfully done I found it distasteful. I stuck with it, because, reading about a thru-hiker's experience on the AT is interesting to me at its root and it did not take long to read. ...more
5

Aug 13, 2011

Jeff Alt is on a mission. He decides to walk the Appalachian Trail as a fundraiser for the group home that his handicapped brother lives in. Alt has just gotten has Master's degree and has worked in marketing for a few years, so his experience makes for a very prepared AT hiker and charity fundraiser. Alt shares his journey in small pieces - showing detailed maps of his progress and giving his final destination for the end of each chapter. He's an early season hiker - and on a mission, so he Jeff Alt is on a mission. He decides to walk the Appalachian Trail as a fundraiser for the group home that his handicapped brother lives in. Alt has just gotten has Master's degree and has worked in marketing for a few years, so his experience makes for a very prepared AT hiker and charity fundraiser. Alt shares his journey in small pieces - showing detailed maps of his progress and giving his final destination for the end of each chapter. He's an early season hiker - and on a mission, so he misses much of the social interaction in the early trail stages. He is very positive on the majority of his trip - despite some woes along the way. His writing is very strait forward and to the point. His journey is not about him so much, so there's no emotional angst, just wonderful stories of the trail. His newly released third edition also gives tips on how to prepare to be a backpaper - and how to do it with your kids.

Of course, I'm now an official AT groupie, wannabe, junkie of sorts. I loved this story, and the story behind the story. Truly motivational and inspirational!

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Dec 29, 2015

I read the 2009 version of this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a really quick and engaging read about his fund raising hike on the Appalachian Trail. Well I should say fundraising was the reason he hiked the trail and the reason this book was written. He is not a professional writer, and perhaps a professional editor wasn't used but that is really not the point of the book.

Perhaps it was a little too upbeat but I like the fact he includes little stories about various things that I read the 2009 version of this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a really quick and engaging read about his fund raising hike on the Appalachian Trail. Well I should say fundraising was the reason he hiked the trail and the reason this book was written. He is not a professional writer, and perhaps a professional editor wasn't used but that is really not the point of the book.

Perhaps it was a little too upbeat but I like the fact he includes little stories about various things that happened to him on the trail. If you are searching for a deeply personal memoir about how hiking the Appalachian trail changed his life, this isn't the book for you. But if you are curious about the trail or maybe a hiking newbie wanting some inspiration to hike your own trail you will enjoy this read. ...more
5

Apr 19, 2011

Jeff Alt sets out on an amazing 2,160 mile adventure on the Appalachian trail. His goal: to raise money for the home his brother lives in, a home for the disabled, called The Sunshine Home.
He begins his quest at the beginning of course, Springer Mountain, Georgia and after going through 14 states, 147 days later he reaches his goal! Along the way he tells of his experience with the gear, the people he meets, the places that he stays. He also tells of his experience with critters and injuries. Jeff Alt sets out on an amazing 2,160 mile adventure on the Appalachian trail. His goal: to raise money for the home his brother lives in, a home for the disabled, called The Sunshine Home.
He begins his quest at the beginning of course, Springer Mountain, Georgia and after going through 14 states, 147 days later he reaches his goal! Along the way he tells of his experience with the gear, the people he meets, the places that he stays. He also tells of his experience with critters and injuries. He ends up raising more than $16,000. for The Sunshine Home. Also in the back of the book, he talks about what it takes to start a charity, he talks about his life lessons from his walk, his gear list, ideas for children on a hike and so much more. He also created a dvd about his expedition.
Its a wonderful, interesting story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend!!
Natalie ...more
5

Jul 22, 2015

Well written, and uplifting this story takes the readers along the AT for the highs and lows and really helps to inspire you to want to get outdoors. There aren’t a ton of laugh out loud moments (like Bill Bryce’s “A Walk in the Woods”), but there are enough real movements to connect you to the author trail and other hikers you meet along the way. In addition I like that this is a story about doing the trail for a reason other the self-development. I personally find those types of stories (such Well written, and uplifting this story takes the readers along the AT for the highs and lows and really helps to inspire you to want to get outdoors. There aren’t a ton of laugh out loud moments (like Bill Bryce’s “A Walk in the Woods”), but there are enough real movements to connect you to the author trail and other hikers you meet along the way. In addition I like that this is a story about doing the trail for a reason other the self-development. I personally find those types of stories (such as “Wild”) hard to connect with because the author is either doing something stupid or is a bit self-centered. This was a refreshing breath of fresh air. ...more
5

Feb 19, 2012

Excellent read. Yes, the prose wasn't amazing, and there weren't exactly "plot twists", but this wasn't that kind of book. When it first started, I thought, "How on earth is an entire book about one (dog-less) hike going to be interesting?" But it was. All kinds of things happen on a 2,000+ mile trek. And most of all, it was an inspiring read. Doesn't quite make me want to hike the entire AT, but I'll likely be doing something similar (on a tinier scale) in the future. The best part is, he did Excellent read. Yes, the prose wasn't amazing, and there weren't exactly "plot twists", but this wasn't that kind of book. When it first started, I thought, "How on earth is an entire book about one (dog-less) hike going to be interesting?" But it was. All kinds of things happen on a 2,000+ mile trek. And most of all, it was an inspiring read. Doesn't quite make me want to hike the entire AT, but I'll likely be doing something similar (on a tinier scale) in the future. The best part is, he did it all - AND did it for a great cause. Books like this make me feel like I'm not living up to my possibilities. ...more

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