As Far as the Eye Can See: Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker

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David Brill's classic account of his 1979 hike of the Appalachian Trail, first published in 1990, has become a classic, not only because he represented a new generation of thru-hikers at the time, but also because it is less a memoir than a series of essays exploring the emotional and spiritual dimensions of a long journey on foot through the nature of the eastern mountains. This edition includes the original preface and an afterword developed 20 years later as Brill looked back during a reunion hike at a season of fellowship and discovery that changed his life.More and more is written about Appalachian Trail hiking, but this account has long been one of the most treasured (and best written) by those who love great writing about nature and the outdoors and humans' interaction with that and each other there. Brill in 1979 was among the first of a new generation to take up thru-hiking; thousands today seek what he found.

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“Trail enthusiasts will love this one. . . . Best account I have read of an end-to-end walk on the Appalachian Trail. . . . Thoreau lives!”—Roanoke Times & World News“Walk the trail with Brill. . . , and see if you don’t come out. . . thinking about doing something to push your own boundaries a little further.”—Rockland Gazette“This book. . . almost defies a neat label. It is part philosophy, part adventure, part practical guide, and part character study. . . . The book is well written, and its appeal will not be limited only to the outdoor enthusiast.” —The Pittsburgh PressMany an armchair hiker has dreamed of traversing the Appalachian Trail in its entirety. In 1979, David Brill became one of the first of a new generation to complete the Georgia-to-Maine hike. As Far as the Eye Can See chronicles his six-month, 2,100-mile walk, a quest to grow, to breathe, to change, to discover what really mattered to him. This book is for anyone interested in getting beyond the day-to-day slog of the hike to explore the emotional and spiritual dimensions of a long journey on foot.

About the Author:

Brill, a writer and editor at the University of Tennessee, also is the author of "A Separate Place: A Family, a Cabin in the Woods, and a Journey of Love and Spirit" (Dutton) and "Desire and Ice: Searching for Perspective atop Denali" National Geographic Adventure Press).

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