A UNIQUE PORTRAYAL OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Happy Hiker: The epic journey of an unlikely Appalachian Trail thru-hiker is an entertaining story of an ordinary person who achieves an extraordinary accomplishment. It is a guide showing how everyday people can challenge their self-limiting beliefs and achieve their biggest dreams.
Thru-hiking the full 2190-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of the world's most grueling adventures. Hiking a half-marathon a day, six days a week, for six months equals 150 half-marathons - it's tough
Prior to the AT, Max Mason (trail name "Happy") had never achieved any sports or endurance related success. You will be inspired by the engaging story of a journey that changed his life. As much about his transformational inner odyssey as it is about the physical trek, it is an absorbing account for anyone who loves reading about real-life outdoor adventures.
You will be captivated by Max's daily struggles, triumphs and experiences. 180 photographs capture the beauty of the Trail and daily thru-hiker life. You will encounter the deep friendships that form; the inner game of ultra-distance hiking; the emotional peaks and valleys; the myriad Trail characters (some weirdos and some truly inspirational); the battles with injuries and sickness; the ever-present humor; the woods, animals and birds; and the love story with his wife and son.
Happy Hiker includes a narrative section which includes 25 steps to successful thru-hiking and an epic poem that details the daily journey. The poem, accompanied with photos, is an entertaining and easy to read epic detailing each day of the 178-day hike. Each day is a succinct glimpse of the inner and outer world Max experiences.