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Walk in the Woods/Bryson, Bill/Paper/0552997021/S005-B
The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Main, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz, Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing ticks, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch X-Files, Bryson gamely struggles through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.