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ON THE BEATEN PATH: AN APPALACHIAN PILGRIMAGE
Author: Robert Alden Rubin
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Sep 2001
A clear-eyed look at the dwindling Appalachian wilderness as well as a mans exploration of the wilderness within himself. 6x9 inches, 256 pgs.
An eloquent, wise, and witty account of how one mans six-month, end-to-end hike of the Appalachian Trail led him back home.
An appealing read, . . . this is a book for the rest of us, who will never climb Annapurna but still need to do something to test our own physical and mental limits. National Geographics Adventure
Of the thruhikers who set out to walk the entire 2,000-mile-length of the Georgia-to-Maine Appalachian Trail, about one in every ten actually makes it. Robert Rubinthirty-eight, overweight, dispirited, and burned out by his jobdreamed of leaving mortgage and wife and cul-de-sac life behind for a journey that could take half a yearor maybe never end. But instead of the solo trek hed imagined, Rubin found himself part of a strange vagrant culture of pilgrims and dropouts, a world with its own rules and rituals. On the Beaten Path is a clear-eyed look at the dwindling Appalachian wilderness as well as a mans exploration of the wilderness within himself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Rubin has worked as a journalist, teacher, and writer, and has edited technical books, literary magazines, novels, and a New York Times best-seller. Shortly after completing On the Beaten Path, he moved with his wife to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where he is a senior editor for the Appalachian Trail Conference.