Books: Hike Your Own Hike

Hike Your Own Hike

I heard about this book on one of the backpacking podcasts I listen to at work to drown out my noisy co-workers.

Hike Your Own Hike is basically a self-help book, but it uses AT thru-hiker jargon instead of the normal psycho-babble you might expect from a self help book.

The author seems to be a pretty cool guy from what I’ve seen and heard of him on the internets.

The book basically follows his 2001 Southbound Thru-Hike of the AT, and is interspersed with seven “Principles” for how to live your life in a way so as not to be a loser.

A southbound AT thru-hike is no small feat, but what is even more amazing is that he managed to convince his lady friend to come along for the whole thing. I suppose that is preferable to spanking one’s monkey behind a tree, or whatever other thru-hikers do when they get lonely out there.


Some of the self-help advice seems a little hokey, honestly. Some of it is good. One thing I liked was the chapter on how to manage your expenses / finances in such a way as not to be a wage slave, so you can go on crazy adventures, and not piss your life away in a cubicle.

There’s also a interesting section about how he didn’t know about 9/11 until he walked into a town to re-supply. He immediately ran back into the woods, because he felt that civilization had become hostile somehow.

Anyhow, even with the hokey advice, it was fun to read and only took 2 days to finish.
I give Hike Your Own Hike 4 Jihadis out of 5.

4 Jihadis out of 5

You can even download the first chapter for free (1.4MB pdf) if you want to check it out before shelling out the moolah for the whole book.

1 thought on “Books: Hike Your Own Hike

  1. I asked someone who bought my book how they found out about it, and they pointed me to your review.

    Thank you the 4 Jihadis! That kicks ass!

    I’ll be less hokey in my next book, which I’m happy to send you an advanced peek as a thank you for your review.

    Hike Your Own Hike is meant for people who might normally steer clear from a self-help book. It sounds like you’re one of those guys. So the fact that you enjoyed it makes me feel like I didn’t screw up.

    Now I have something to strive for in my next book: 5 JIHADIS!!!!!!!

    Francis Tapon

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