Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

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Beaufort Books, Jul 1, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

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User Review  - Alphawoman - LibraryThing

The AT trail seems very tame and domestic compared to the PCT and the Muir trail. Yet another tale of girl power hiking a physically challenging experience in a man's world. Read full review

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User Review  - fiadhiglas - LibraryThing

As a weekend hiker who's fascinated by the AT (I like reading others' accounts; I don't want to hike it myself), I really wanted to like this book. The author does have lots of adventures, and she's ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age twenty-one, Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking. Jennifer holds endurance records including the women's Appalachian Trail record, completing the trail in fifty-seven days.

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