Appalachian Trail books, hiking and travel advice
  • Special Announcement — Three days in and second printing is already underway

    “Hermit” is off to an incredible start and the bookstores haven’t even received their shipments yet! I am thankful for the great reception and positive comments. They mean so much.

    There’s still time to place an order from the first printing, but they’re going quickly. You can order signed or unsigned copies …

  • New Trail Alert

    On August 3, 2019, the state of Oregon will open a new stretch of trail from Wyeth State Park to Lindsey Creek, marking a significant milestone in their effort to create a hiking and cycling trail connecting Troutdale to The Dalles. The trail retraces the original scenic highway that was partially destroyed in the construction of Interstate 84 to provide safe hiking and biking through the gorge while allowing spectacular views along the way.

  • Reader’s Favorite Ranks “Hermit” a 5-Star Read

    The author’s holy grail is the story that readers can’t stop reading. I was grateful to receive that kind of feedback when I was drafting and editing my manuscript from a hand-selected audience of publishing professionals and friends.

    A few weeks ago, I sent a review copy of my manuscript for Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte to the folks at Reader’s Favorite. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Behind the Ranges

    In the course of writing my latest book, I have had a number of experiences that qualify as those that don’t happen in the normal course of events. Some of them have made me question whether I was writing from my own brain or whether I was guided by a force much wiser and greater than my humble operating system.

  • Round Hill, VA becomes latest Appalachian Trail Community

    This Saturday, June 15, Round Hill, Virginia will become the 47th town designated as part of the Appalachian Trail Community™ program of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The program acknowledges towns that enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the trail by supporting the hiking community in spirit and in deed.