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Hikers, have you ever considered hiking the AT? Non-hikers, do you know what the AT is? Clay's book lays out his unconventional thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. The AT is no small feat, having hiked some small sections of it myself. In an entertaining and enlightening way Evans not only details his days, but even better, he imparts wisdom of the trail, equipment, pacing yourself, wildlife encounters (BEARS), and more. I thoroughly enjoyed each page and hated when I had to put it down to do something else. Great job Clay. Ya'll get this book and read it! I highly recommend it!
"The Trail is the Teacher" was such a joy to read! Clay Bonneyman Evan's honesty about the emotional ups and downs along with the physical challenges of an AT thru-hike makes the book a must read for anyone wanting to hike the AT. For those of us that have hiked the AT, "The Trail is the Teacher" will rekindle memories of the beautiful sights, physical climbs, the various trail towns and hostels, trail angels, and most importantly the comraderie and bonds that exists between thru-hikers on the trail.
Clay has an uncanny ability to turn any non-fiction subject into fluid, lively, and substantial prose. Though I grew up in Colorado and did some hiking, I can't say that I would have been attracted to a book about thru-hiking. But make no mistake, this book is about much more, with insight into human behavior, perseverance, and the beauty of noticing your surroundings in such an acute way. Highly recommend for those that enjoy travel/adventure writing--you will find yourself rambling right along with Clay until the very end!
A wonderful story of one man's trek along the Appalachian Trail. Accomplished author Clay Evans, whose trail name is Pony, introduces readers to the delightfully oddball characters he meets along the way while also describing the rewards and hardships of hiking solo for months at a time. Readers can get the sense of what the trail is like without enduring blisters, aching legs, and bad weather. The book is compelling and a must-read for anyone interested in long distance hiking. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
Clay is a skilled writer, and this book will encourage anyone who’s ever thought about an AT hike to get off the couch and start planning. His blend of humor and storytelling is unique to his years as a reporter and feature writer, and this book will satisfy any itch to read about someone’s “accidental” thru-hike
The stories the author tells are great and they give other hikers an idea of what to expect on the trail or in town. The writer was a little condescending at times when describing some of.his interactions with section hikers...after all, the author did not successfully his "through" so he should not look down on those not working on their respective through hikes. Overall, a very good book with good lessons to learn from.