ALDHA members for years have been writing about their experiences on the trail to share their information with a wider audience. Here’s a sampling of some of the books that are out there, along with trail-related writings from a wide variety of other sources. (If you have something you’d like to share with us, send it along.)
Books by ALDHA members
With an organization the size of ALDHA (about 1,500 active members), it’s no wonder quite a few have published books about their experiences.
Don West’s poetry, prose and other writings are back in print for the first time in several years in a collection titled “No Lonesome Road.” West was the founder of the Appalachian South Folklife Center where ALDHA was conceived in 1982.
The lyrics to some of “Takoma Tedd” Lester’s songs are inspired by the poetry of the late Earl Shaffer. Ted has performed some of these songs at past ALDHA Gatherings. Now, through the Earl Shaffer Foundation, those songs are available on a music CD, titled “Songs of the Blue Ridge Runner.” Find out more, starting here. For Earl’s two books, “Walking With Spring” and “Calling Me Back to the Hills,” click here.
Walking With The Wild Wind
The late trail troubador Walkin’ Jim Stoltz, a frequent featured performer at ALDHA Gatherings, wrote a book about a walk through the last roadless areas of wild Montana, the state he called home.
Larry Anderson, who in 2001 delivered the first symposium co-sponsored by the Appalachian Trail Museum and ALDHA, has finished his biography of the founder of the Appalachian Trail.
Excerpts from Larry Luxenberg’s book
In “Walking the Appalachian Trail,” ALDHA member Larry Luxenberg interviews many hikers you may know, including ALDHA’s founder.
Excerpts from Ed Garvey’s final book
“The New Appalachian Trail,” written by the late Ed Garvey, who passed away on Sept. 20, 1999.
Other books on the outdoors
A brief listing of some books that are currently out there that include new or different twists on the story of the Appalachian Trail, even if it’s just tangentially.
Outdoors in New England
Michael A. Lanza, a former New England columnist who now lives in Idaho, shares some of his columns dealing with the outdoors in general and the Appalachian Trail in particular.
Most of the time, the best writing on the trail isn’t in the registers. Share your best stuff with the rest of us.
Essays, poems and lyrics
From Henry Thoreau to William Douglas, some words of wisdom, inspiration and amusement inspired by the outdoors.
Features, profiles and other stories
A collection of newspaper and magazine articles about the people, places and experiences that make up the world of long-distance hiking.
National Scenic Trails book
A new book that describes the various National Scenic Trails in the U.S., from the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest.
The Katahdin Art Project
The Katahdin Art Project is a collaboration between the Earl Shaffer Foundation and Crest Photography. It combines Earl Shaffer’s poetry and Bart Smith’s photography to create a tribute to Mount Katahdin. All proceeds minus costs of $150 per unit will be donated to the Earl Shaffer Foundation. It was Earl’s decision to direct a portion of his foundation funds to the creation of an Appalachian Trail Museum as well
as the trail clubs along the A.T.
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