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I've read dozens, if not hundreds of memoirs from the AT, PCT, CDT, and other hikes and after awhile they all start to blend together. I was wondering what other people have read that they really like, what they didn't like, and what you think makes a great trail memoir.

(You guessed it! I'm considering writing one myself!)


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Nobody cares how many miles you hiked in a day.  The day to day journal gets to be tedious reading after awhile.  Summarize the high points in a clister of days or maybe a week.  The flora, fauna and people you meet and the emotions they evoke are more interesting.  If you meet an hiker with an interesting background, dig a little deeper to let your readers know about it.
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Thanks John! I do need to do a little more research into the plants of each state-glad to know there's interest in it.

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You need to start by having something to say.  If you're going to write about something you did, but you don't know what your point is in saying it (or just as important, why you want to make that point), there's not much hope that a reader will find it interesting.
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Yeah, I've been trying to think of an overall theme, something more than just "i hiked the Trail." I think that's where a lot of hiking books fall short. But so far my theme's a little fuzzy. Gotta work on it-thanks for the advice!

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Try this one:
www.trekkerman.com


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what about a trekking guide? or how each trail route signifies something?
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