Hike it Forward cover

David “Rowdy” Rough writes one of the most useful and informative books about the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail. His account of his preparation, both mental and physical, is laced with self deprecating humor and the story of his journey pulls the reader along with an easy going narrative. For those of us with a bit of water under our bridge, it is an encouraging series of inspirational scenes of challenge, reward and the beauty of the wilderness. I’ve read several other AT books but this one rings true for the obstacles an “older” hiker faces. Rowdy mixes a homey sense of humor with his quick wit and above average knowledge of things wild and wonderful. Lots of fun and details of the trail that make this book a must read for anyone who loves the outdoors. I’ll keep the e-version of this book with me when my turn on the trail comes along. AT 2017!


5 thoughts on “HIKE IT FORWARD, a review

  1. I wrote my first ever blog today and you liked it! Thank you! We had such a great day, it had to be put in writing! I did so much research on this section, and couldn’t find one person who did it in a day, so I wanted the world to know that IT CAN BE DONE! 🙂 Love sharing that Trail Magic. Have plans now to return to that Hostel with a huge basket of Magic for some hikers needing a pick-me-up!

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    • No doubt the first of many to come. My affair with the Appalachian Trail goes back many years. I plan an April 2017 start for a NOBO thru and try to soak up as much of the written knowledge as possible. Thanks for your (first) contribution.

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  2. My love for hiking has grown exponentially over the last 10 years I would say. As for the AT, just in the past 2. I hiked 34 miles of the AT in one day from Waterville Road to Hot Springs, NC with the Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike of 2014. We had 3 Aid Stations along the way to help us out. It was incredible. We had beautiful weather which makes everything easier. Got on the trail at 4am, and hiked to the finish!
    Tell me Mike…..Have you ever hiked Mount LeConte? You can’t go to your Maker without doing it. I have done it 14 times, and doing it again in July. My husband introduced me to LeConte back in 1992, and it changed my life! Just love the place.

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