Our Tax ID number: 526046689. Her book is one of my favorite accounts of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Leslie Mass hiked the Appalachian Trail at 60. Leslie Mass hiked the Appalachian Trail at 60. Please keep us updated on your progress. High around 55F. I am a 68 year old retired teacher living in Kalamazoo, Michigan with my husband and two dogs. Buy on Amazon. Thru-hikers on Reddit reported completing the trail for between $1000 and $5000. This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. It was a wildly ambitious plan to reorganize the economic geography of the eastern United States. This April, we will be heading out to hike the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking The Appalachian Trail At 60 is the personal story of sixty-year-old Leslie Mass and her grueling 2,000-mile journey along the Appalachian Trail. None of this is to downplay how hard the trail is. ... and correspondent for 60 Minutes. He basically took over Mass' hike, and made her miserable. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is one of the most adventurous things you can do in the U.S. You can bet that this time, this copy has found its "forever home" with me! In the fall of 2000, with very little hiking experience, carrying a lot of emotional baggage, I loaded my 55 pound pack on a Greyhound bus. My only complaint is that the format doesn't allow for updates on some of the interesting characters encountered on the way. Her hike is one shared often with family meeting up for a few days. I have often wished I hadn't parted with it, and was thrilled to find an affordable gently used hardback copy! Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60. Please try again. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. North on GA 60, 2.2 miles, 56 Firewater Lane, Suches, GA 30572 (706) 747-1036. Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail. It is an arduous but rewarding journey that will lead you across 14 different states. In 2000, inspired by her father, Leslie Mass decided she would turn a lifelong fantasy into reality. It was a while before I picked it up to read because, well to be honest, the title put me off a bit. I want to go once I retire. Originally, Amy and Angie’s reunion didn’t involve the Appalachian Trail at all. At the age of 59 she began to train for a grueling journey ? In the process she finds new and emotionally surprising ways to reconnect with her family as well as herself. and reared in Stratford, Conn., Leslie earned her bachelor's degree at Gettysburg College and master's and doctorate in early and middle-childhood education from Ohio State University. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Hiking & Camping Excursion Guides (Books), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. A 'fun & informative' read, with a quick pace. Her book is one of my favorite accounts of hiking the Appalachian Trail. In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; First edition (March 4, 2009). Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Hike The Appalachian Trail. Preparing For The Appalachian Trail She is a college administrator, wife and mother who managed to fit a flip-flop hike into her work schedule. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I read this book b/c I plan on hiking the Appalachian Trail across Maryland at the end of March and b/c I am turning 60 this year. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Overall, the book was well-written, poetic, descriptive, inspirational...and I especially enjoyed reading about a woman just several years older than myself learning to conquer her fears and become one with nature on this huge AT thru-hike undertaking. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.. South Hill, VA (23970) Today. Please try your request again later. Conclusion. By the time we start hiking in April, I will be 68 years old and Mel will be 61. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. - Heather Anderson The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs 2,189 (in 2015) miles from Georgia to Maine. Good luck and have fun! If you are budget-conscious, always share motel rooms or stay in hostels, and don’t overindulge on food and drinks in town, you can expect your costs to be closer to $3,000. It was interesting and informative. You can tell that she was very accustomed to being close to other people, part of a very social world. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. The book is loaded with good insights and helpful information, all wrapped in an interesting narrative. But, this year will be different. She hikes it alone and with community she meets as she goes,mostly men. Creepy. Go out and see how you feel after hiking for a couple of weeks before you decide that you want to walk for 5-7 months in a row. He didn't seem to be the most stable character, even making remarks about which man hiking the trail Mass had selected for her daughter. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are rerouted or modified. Leslie Mass is completing a life dream at the age of 60. Since childhood, Mass had been told to speak softly and accomodate herself to others. It is approximately 2,184 miles long and is famous for its many hikers and backpackers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. It begins in June of last year when the idea first popped into my head that maybe I could go too! Walking the A.T. is only for uber-fit athletes. In its original concept, the Appalachian Trail was more than a hiking path. It is well written, thoughtful and well worth the time whether an armchair hiker, thru-hike dreamer, reliving the past or planning a thru-hike/section trek. Please try again. Because of our previous hikes, we already have our trail names. How long is the trail? I will be 63. I have been getting fit and doing a lot of hiking here in England, usually 8-15 mile hikes with other ‘Ramblers’, as we are called, here. Hiking the Appalachian Trail from start to finish usually takes about six months, so it attracts people in transitional moments in their lives — those with the freedom to just "pack up and go." Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. Leslie Mass. THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL is the longest hiking-only footpath in America — and with 2,187 miles of trail, more than 250 shelters, and an overall elevation gain equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times, it earns that title.. Every year, a couple thousand people try to hike the AT from beginning to end in one season, and a few hundred manage to accomplish it. We women know that we have to juggle nearly every day, so her final understanding is something we can all embrace. In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking The Appalachian Trail At 60 is the personal story of sixty-year- -old Leslie Mass and her grueling 2,000-mile journey along the Appalachian Trail. How Mel acquired the name Backfire is probably self explanatory. Its southern terminus is Springer Mtn. This college administrator's well-written account of setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail at age 60, beginning with the learning and training process, "is full of rich and emotionally charged detail about the journey and the personal growth that resulted from it," says, Old Lady on the Trail: Triple Crown at 76, Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail for the Older Adventurer - Second Edition, The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation), Her account is full of rich, emotionally charged detail about the journey and the personal growth that resulted from it. You are such an inspiration for someone who will be “older” when hiking the trail. Despite all of this, I recommend this book to anyone thinking of planning a long distance hike. She and her husband, George, have two grown daughters and a grandson. One of its best features is the vapor current (VC) suspension system. I had hiked all day with a dead spider in my shoe (and a caterpillar) but never realized until I took off my shoe at the end of the day that I had these two uninvited hitchhikers. Hiking The Appalachian Trail At 60+ The Hike, 2000 I had always thought that if the job disappeared, I would hike the A.T. Hiking the Appalachian Trail will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000, not including gear or transportation to and from the trail. What I found frustrating is that she had ample financial and family reserves to be able to get off the trail, stay at bed an breakfasts, have gourmet meals and chauffeur service before returning to her hike.With that in mind, some of her complaints, dare I say whining, frustrated and irritated me. It was time well spent, even for this old guy. The trail is constantly full of steep ups and downs. I enjoyed her recounting her friendships, successes and struggles. When Amy joined her mother on the trail, he attached himself to her. I love to hike and I love to camp, as does my husband. Due to the skyrocketing popularity of the AT and thru-hiking in general, the number of 2,000 milers, “a hiker who has walked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail,” over the last 15 years will likely double that of the previous 63 years. in Georgia. "The trail has a way of answering the questions you most need answered, even if you are afraid to ask." The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501c3 organization. 4 Reviews. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. This is a diary of our adventures. The Georgia section is not easy. Granite Gear Crown VC 60. My job has always been to keep the home fires burning, to pay the bills  and to tend to the dogs while Mel has gone off on his adventures (including a 3 month, cross-country bike trip in 2013). I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and go with him. I am also starting in 2026 at age 61. Only about 25% of thru-hikers and 20% of section hikers end up completing the trail according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.” 2. Thanks for your support! However, at times she seemed a bit judgey and preachy, such as when she ran into a group of teen campers and their leaders and lectured them about leave no trace, instead of just being happy that young people were being exposed to the great outdoors. Hiking After 60. The Appalachian Trail Hiking. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Her biggest lesson from the trail was to trust in herself, rather than going along with someone else who forced her into the role of "follower". Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018. Couric's 2011 book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller. Mel has already completed two thru hikes of the Appalachian Trail and I have done two section hikes of one hundred miles each. If you’re still trying to decide whether section hiking the Appalachian Trail is a good idea or you’re a beginner backpacker, ease into it by planning a few short one or two night backpacking trips covering 10-15 miles to try it out and get used to using your … I was thinking this idea is just for college age kids! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have become obsessed with the idea of doing this since my husband died a couple of years ago. Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2014. It was "adopted" by someone who loved it, too. Accordingly, the majority of people who try to make the 2,200-mile trek have either recently graduated from college or … My husband’s trail name is Backfire. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2007. On the trail, she made friends with several other hikers, one of whom took way too much interest in Mass' daughter, Amy, before even meeting her. Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2014. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. I am looking to do the trail, hopefully with my husband, once all the kids are out of school – in 13 years! Only about 25% of the people who start a thru-hike manage to complete it. Indeed, AT thru-hikers have a reputation for worse-than-usual-backpacker odor. Over the years, we have hiked many, many trails here in the United States as well as trails in England, Ireland and Scotland. Please try again. Since childhood, Mass had been told to speak softly and accomodate herself to others. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Good luck Jen. Next. While camping in a Pennsylvania park, Jolly learned the trail meandered nearby. How she is able to function in and out of the responsibilities of hiking with the outside world people and handling her own individual hike is the real message of the book. I hope nothing bad came of this. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. I had always been in good physical condition, Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. In April, my husband, Mel and I will be heading down to Springer Mountain, Georgia, to begin our 2,185 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I enjoyed a paperback copy of this book several years ago. As the terrain toughened, Leslie struggles to physically keep up with the trail community she socially depended upon to keep her going on her trek. It extends over 2,000 miles through … I found this book very inspiring in that the author took on a major hike at 60 and alone. Something went wrong. Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2018. I expect that the spider, as well as the caterpillar, were not dead when I first put on my shoe in the morning. She made elaborate plans to hike parts of the trail with friends and family. In spite of this, she writes that she always knew she was an introvert. Our adventure will take us about 6 months. But it was on the 2½-year, 82,000-mile RV road trip with his wife, Laura, as they visited all 60 national parks, that Jolly first thought of taking on the Appalachian Trail. I am hoping to hike the AT myself after I retire and was interested to see how it went for someone older. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. A Combat Veteran's Advice for Veterans. --Library Journal, September 2005. I am glad that age doesn’t seem to stop you. Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020. This is another AT book, one of the few written by a female. I acquired the trail name of Spider  when we were hiking a hundred mile section of the  Trail several years ago. In April, my husband, Mel and I will be heading down to Springer Mountain, Georgia, to begin our 2,185 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail. The trail spreads between Mount Katahdin, Maine and Springer Mountain, Georgia. , 19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know, 5 Books You Need to Read to Better Appreciate the Outdoors, Now You Can Own an Authentic Baxter State Park Trail Sign, [Book Review] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family, Accessing the Appalachian Trail: A List of Shuttles and Taxi Services, Gear Suggestions for an Appalachian Trail Winter Thru-Hike, How to Manage Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail, ATC Urges 2021 Hikers to Take Precautions, Consider Alternatives, Can Thru-Hiking Bring Peace? Appalachian Trail Costs & Permits. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Plentiful sunshine. 40 Years Hiking the Appalachian Trail 40 Years Hiking the Appalachian Trail The 40th anniversary of the Trails Act is a perfect time for hikers to get out and explore. The Granite Gear VC 60 is known as a great choice for the Appalachian Trail because it’s very lightweight. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. Initiated by Benton MacKaye, a founder of The Wilderness Society, this trail has become a classic wilderness experience. Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015. They had planned to do a 60-mile section hike of the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota, and Amy’s husband and his best friend would tag along as well. Dog lovers might get some negative vibes: Mass obviously HATES dogs! This turned out to be a really good read. Born in Ipswich, Mass. Appalachian Trail Apparel and Accessories. Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2015. She is a college administrator, wife and mother who managed to fit a flip-flop hike into her work schedule. This college administrator's well-written account of setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail at age 60, beginning with the learning and training process, "is full of rich and emotionally charged detail about the journey and the personal growth that resulted … She also reported for nearly every television news broadcast across ABC, CBS, and NBC. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! I am so excited for the two of you! An unofficial extension, known as the … Since childhood, Mass had been told to … Rock Spring Press Inc., 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 408 pages. I am 60 this year and am beginning to plan for hiking the AT in 2020, when I retire. Expect to make low mileage. I had hoped to get a woman’s introspective views about aging and “encountering beauty as she walked” as the title suggested, but instead I read a journal type book (what the author ate, how many miles she walked, the weather and a few obstacles along the way.) But, if these people can do it, you can too with the right preparation and determination. The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a continuously marked footpath in the Appalachian Mountains that spans 14 states in the eastern U.S. Its northern terminus is Mt. It has been part of Mel’s game plan for a long time to go on another through hike this year, but not mine. Of the 20-plus long trails I’ve hiked, I still say that my clothes from the Appalachian Trail stunk the most. She is a college administrator, wife and mother who managed to fit a flip-flop hike into her work schedule. Disclaimer. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I would like to have read read an epilogue that explained what happened to them. With a capacity of 60 liters, this back weights only 2.2 pounds, which is definitely the most lightweight pack on our list. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The information provided here is subject to change and is beyond the control of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. If you are looking for an epic trail to hike, there isn't one more worthy than the legendary Appalachian Trail. Along with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, it is one of the "Big 3" National Scenic Trails. Usually, it takes people around 6 months to finish it. Open for medical needs Monday - Friday, 8:30 to 5:00. Maggie has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, is *almost* done with the New Hampshire 48 4,000-footers, has developed backpacking routes in the Utah high desert, and spent the past five years testing gear and working professionally in the outdoor industry. Katahdin in Maine. I love to hike and camp as much as the next guy, but I have never been driven, like he has, to spend 6 months of my life doing so. I have enjoyed your articles and look forward to following your blog as you hike the AT. In 2004, Couric was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. You'll almost smell the forest as you read! Tags: Appalachian Trail and Hiking Mel has already completed two thru hikes of the Appalachian Trail and I have done two section hikes of one hundred miles each. she is also the author of Back to Pakistan, A Fifty-Year Journey, recounting her Peace Corps stint there and a return five decades later. While most resources say that 12-15 miles a day is average on the Appalachian Trail, that’s not the case here. Her book is one of my favorite accounts of hiking the Appalachian Trail. While I don't diminish her accomplishment, age, level of fitness and all, I think she might have missed the point someone else who did this without the luxuries and funds would have understood. Unable to add item to List. I got it originally as I was interested in the problems faced by the older hiker. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Once I got started I could not put it down! The AT is the most popular hiking trail in the world. Inspiring, humorous, dramatic - you'll experience wide-ranging emotions as you read this book. For reference, the first reported 2,000 miler was in 1936. Leslie Mass hiked the Appalachian Trail at 60. On her hike she learned to value her own opinion and one of life's biggest lessons: sometimes it is not so bad to be alone and hike your own hike. He earned this name from his son, AYCE (All You Can Eat) when they hiked the AT together in 2001. Tweet ... abrasions, shin splints, broken bones, fractured joints. So overall, a good read but somewhat opinionated. My husband has already accomplished this twice, but it will be my first time. Leslie was active in the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. Our CFC number: 12230. Barring any unforeseen illnesses or accidents, we will both make it to Katahdin, Maine by September 2015– in spite of our advancing years! An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning. Hospitals and clinics are also available in Dahlonega, Blairsville and Hiawassee. Our advice? As the terrain toughened, Leslie struggles to physically keep up with the trail community she socially depended upon to keep her going on her trek. To learn more, please visit the About This Site page. This is an inspiring story about a woman's personal quest while hiking the Appalachian Trail at age 60. 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