Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017.  A co-led hike with the Highland Rim Chapter in the Virgin Falls State Natural Area near Sparta TN.  Eight hikers from 3 separate chapters enjoyed the sunny cool day, as did what looked like hundreds of other hikers.  From the overflowing parking lot, we passed Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave Falls, and reached Virgin Falls in time for lunch.  We took a side trail to the Caney Fork River on our hike back.  It's always good to get back to Virgin Falls.  Photos by Marietta Poteet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Books and Films About Hikers and Hiking


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Women Walkers

Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail
         By Suzanne Roberts      memoir of a girl-trip on the trail


Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk across Victorian America
         by Linda Lawrence Hunt       about Helga Estby’s  1890s cross-country trek

The Woman Who Walked to Russia: A Writer’s Search for a Lost Legend   
       by Cassandra Pybus         about Lillian Alling 1920s trek
       Also: Lillian Alling: The Journey Home by Susan Smith-Josephy
                  Hiking to Siberia by Lawrence Millman

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk
         by Ben Montgomery     about 1950s hiking by a battered wife
           children’s version    When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike
         documentary: Trail Magic

Barefoot Sisters Southbound Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
            by Lucy and Susan Letcher         about sisters hiking

Becoming Odyssa
           by Jennifer Pharr Davis   a young woman’s solo thru-hike
          on the Appalachian Trail

Breaking Wild
          by Diane Les Becquets   suspense novel about wilderness walking

Girl in the Woods
           by Aspen Matis    a college girl’s 5-month hike [and romance]  
          on Pacific Coast Ridge from Canada to Mexico

In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60
            by Leslie Mass

            by Cheryl Strayed     troubled woman walker on Pacific
            Crest Trail, a trail from Mexico to Washington State;
*Wild By Nature
by Sarah Marquis – From Siberia to Australia: Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot

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Male  Walkers

*1000 Mile Summer –
Colin Fletcher, 1964.  Backpacking along the Colorado, through Death Valley and the Mojave, into the Sierra Nevadas

Benton Mackaye: Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the  Appalachian Trail
by Larry Anderson  

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History
            by William Kerrigan


Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco,

and Why it Matters Today

             by Wayne Curtis         about Edward Payson Weston’s 1900 tramping
             Also: Man in a Hurry - The extraordinary life and times of Edward Payson  
              Weston,  the World's Greatest Walker
              by Nick Harris, Helen Harris and Paul Marshall
             Weston, Weston, Rah-Rah-Rah! Edward Payson Weston: Original
              Sporting  Superstar
              by P. S. Marshall

Our Southern Highlanders
        by Horace Kephart       About his 30s years of tramping in the

*Ten Million Steps: Nimblewell Nomad’s Epic 10 Month Trek from the Florida Keys to Quebec.  by M. J. Eberhart

Walk Across America  
           by Peter Jenkins--      about his walk from NY to New Orleans
           later wrote additional walking accounts, including one resulting
           in marriage

Walk in the Woods     
by Bill Bryson   about    his Appalachian Trail experience    

*Walking with Spring
By Earl Shaffer – First AT solo hike In 1948

Wildly Strolling Along
             by Ben and Larry Pounds      Father-son adventures along the
             Cumberland Trail

See Also:  Biographies of Vachel Lindsay, Father Junipero Serra, and Henry David Thoreau, focus much on their years of tramping the North American landscape

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History of Walking
Three hiking women & a dog, about 1910.
1910 Women and a dog tramping
from Chicago to San Francisco

On Trails: An Exploration  
          by Robert Moor   Natural history of path-making, esp along the AT
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
           by Robert MacFarland  Walking in UK with observations on natural
          history of path-making
Wanderlust: History of Walking
         by Rebecca Solnit   academic analysis of literary walking,
        esp literary and historical ties  

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Adventure Walkers

The Amber Trail
                   by Natascha Scott-Stokes     about 1990s hike/bike trip thru Eastern
                   Europe by Brit-German
                    Also Stealing from a Deep Place  by Brian Hall  about his biking
                    thru  1990s Southeastern Europe

Between Woods and Water  
                     by Patrick Leigh Fermor      about his 1930s hike from Holland to
                     Istanbul at age 18
                      Also: he authored other walking accounts, plus he is subject
                      of his WWII feats

Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World
            by Shelley Emling    about 19th British cliff-hiker, Mary Anning, who is now
              recognized as world class Jurassic fossil collector

Hiking the Amazon: 86o days One Step at a Time
             By Ed Stafford        account of being first walker of entire Amazon,
             on DVD before book
              Also: he has recorded his experience about being naked
              and marooned in South Pacific

Places in Between  
by Rory Stewart    about his trek along the Silk Road, not long after 9-ll
            Latest book: The Marches—walking in Scotland, his homeland

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush          
             by Eric Newby  --light account of an Englishman walking in the
              in Persian-speaking region in Afghanistan mountains

Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf
                by John Muir   about his 19th cen tramp from Indiana to FL
                Also: many other books on his hikes and nature passions   

              by Robyn Davidson       about a solo 1700-mile hike in
              the hostile Australian outback

Walking the Nile
              by Levison Wood     about a recent 9-month trek from Rwanda to Egypt
               Also:   authored additional books about other walking feats
               A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Edwards about her 19th cen
               sail from Cairo to border of Sudan

 The Whole Story: A Walk Around the World
  by Ffyona Campbell      about a 20,000 miles of walks around the world
              for over a decade

Wild and Fearless               
                by Nastasha Scott-Stokes         biography of 1900s English butterfly
                collector Margaret Fountaine, who walked under the most adverse
                conditions to complete her extensive butterfly collection
                Also: Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden
                           Gospels  by Janet Sokice
                          Victorian Lady Travellers by Dorothy Middleton       

Not Adventure Walking but Adventure Tree Sitting
Wild Trees: What If the Last Wilderness Is Above Us?
          by Richard Preston   about living in remote California redwood tree tops
          for research and peace

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Spiritual Walkers

The Man who Walked Through Time
               by Colin Fletcher about his  2-month walk thru the Grand Canyon,
              with many spiritual experiences, despite physical obstacles

Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words
        by Peace Pilgrim about Mildred Lisette Norman’s 1950s cross-country
        tramping  and preaching

       by Paul Coelho about a Brazilian’s hike in Spain on a route followed by
       religious pilgrims for centuries.   

Sunrise to Santiago
         Gabriel Schrim   about a recent 500-mile pilgrim trail in Spain with
          bedbugs, tendonitis, and enrichment with his companion walker, his wife

Movies about Walkers

2010   The Way--a pilgrimage hike on Spain’s Camino de Santiago,
                Written by actor Emilio Estevez for his father-actor  Martin Sheen.

*2011  High Sierra: A Journey on the John Muir Trail.  http://highsierradoc.com/ and YouTube

2013  Mile….Mile and a Half—documentary about hiking the 250
               miles of the John Muir Trail in CA

2013  Tracks--Australian woman's 9 mo outback trek
                with camels and a dog

2014  Wild--bio-pic with Reese Witherspoon from Strayed book  Wild
               about 1000 mile hike on Pacific Crest Trail to compensate for a life of
              destructive behavior

2015 Walk in the Woods—Robert Redford’s Appalachian Trail

             experience, based on Bill Bryson’s book of same name