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springer mt finish, 1974

Hi, folks. Thanks for checking out the site, and welcome.

Forty-five years ago I walked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. This book tells the story of that walk. Its most obvious argument is a simple one:

Well, don’t snatch up the unnecessary loads everyone seems eager to put on your back, not yet anyhow. And for God’s sake, don’t take some sordid job over at Google, even if they’re calling twice a day and begging. Go do something hard. Better yet, go wrestle down something impossible. Even if your parents, fiancée, professors, or some other social network of demanding milkypants can’t or won’t understand. Harness into the heavy stuff later.

That’s the easy part. It’s also the story of a nation falling apart in 1973 and the path that the AT put me onto as I moved into my future, a future probably a lot like yours. Above all, it is (I hope) a book for all of us who think doing difficulty things, especially when we are young and unwise, is worth celebrating and encouraging.

If you want to dip into some of the book to see what you think, you can find some “sample chapters” here. You can buy Take the Path of Most Resistance at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and select local bookstores.

Again, thanks for taking a look.

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