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Table Of Contents

Wisdom in the wilderness
Overview of the Seven Principles
Katahdin—the adventure begins
Discovering the First Principle
Are you hiking your own hike?
When should you take action?
What does it take to enjoy life?
Don’t summit before you’re ready
Are you climbing up too fast?
The trap of raising your standard of living
The connection between money and freedom
Technology Adoption Cycle
How will I know when it’s safe to summit?
Conscious hours are what really mater
Discovering your passion
Finding a way to make it happen
What makes humans special?
Conquer your fears by learning from trail lore
Practicing trail magic extends your life
How do you perform trail magic?
Appendix 1: Why Southbound?
Appendix 2: Gear List
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Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America by Francis Tapon

Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America by Francis Tapon

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Published by Francis Tapon
Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America is about Francis Tapon's thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and what it the adventure can teach you about life.

You'll start in Maine and walk to Georgia, picking up seven lessons along the way. Each lesson is neatly woven into the fabric of the story. This true story combines the desire to reorient one’s life with an exciting tale of adventure and a bit of humor. It’s about 75% self-help and 25% trail narrative. It is not a book about how to backpack, but rather how to live.

Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who:

* Loves reading outdoor adventure books.
* Has a good life, but wants to have an amazing one.
* Wants to learn more about the Appalachian Trail.
* Dislikes preachy self-help books, but doesn't mind getting some useful ideas presented in a light tone.
* Is stuck in a rut and is looking for some inspiration to make important changes.
* Likes to support starving writers.

Unlike the typical self-help book, Hike Your Own Hike:

* Provides an entertaining, flowing tale as a backdrop.
* Draws all its lessons from the adventure of walking the entire Appalachian Trail.
* Doesn't take itself so darn seriously!

Unlike the typical travelogue, Hike Your Own Hike:
* Is not all about the author, it's about what YOU can get out of the story.
* Delivers practical ideas that help you squeeze more out of life.
* Recounts a challenging southbound thru-hike versus the typical northbound thru-hike (less than 10% hike southbound).

Read how the AT teaches you the Seven Principles on how to get the most out of life:

1. Hike Your Own Hike.
2. Beware of Summit Fever.
3. Hike with Passion.
4. Learn from Trail Lore.
5. Eat Well, Walk Hard, and Sleep Soundly.
6. Perform Trail Magic.
7. The Journey is Too Important to Take Seriously.

Each chapter in the book is devoted to each concept. Chapter One starts in Maine where Francis Tapon learned the First Principle. Chapter Seven ends in Georgia where he learned the Seventh Principle.

“Don’t expect a dull trail log. Don’t expect a boring self-help book. Instead, expect to laugh and learn as Hike Your Own Hike weaves practical wisdom with an epic journey as the backdrop.” — Dave Roberson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Data Systems

“Hike Your Own Hike is a helpful, fun book that combines everyday life with the outdoors. Walk the Appalachian Trail with Francis Tapon and learn practical insights that will get you ready for your own hike.” — Harv Erickson, Chairman of the Board, Continental Divide Trail Alliance

“It’s hard to imagine a book could combine the strengths of Bill Bryson’s Walk in the Woods and Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, but Hike Your Own Hike has done it!” — Marco Iansiti, Harvard Business School Professor

“This is definitely not your ordinary Appalachian Trail thru-hike memoir.” — Brian T. Fitzgerald, Chair, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

“Francis Tapon’s book is a marvelous addition to the very best outdoor and personal development books available. Against the backdrop of a rich and unique journey along the Appalachian Trail, Hike Your Own Hike offers the reader a wealth of practical how-tos blended masterfully with the wisdom of the ages. This isn't another boring hiking guidebook, it’s a wonderful guidebook for life.” — Kim and Demetri Coupounas, Co-Founders, GoLite

“The great outdoors is one of the best classrooms we’ll ever have. It overflows with life lessons, as Francis Tapon so clearly and passionately explains in this wonderful book.” — Hal Urban, Author of Life’s Greatest Lessons

“Hike Your Own Hike won’t just inspire and motivate you; it’ll amuse and delight you. Francis Tapon transforms the wonders and wisdom of the woods
Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America is about Francis Tapon's thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and what it the adventure can teach you about life.

You'll start in Maine and walk to Georgia, picking up seven lessons along the way. Each lesson is neatly woven into the fabric of the story. This true story combines the desire to reorient one’s life with an exciting tale of adventure and a bit of humor. It’s about 75% self-help and 25% trail narrative. It is not a book about how to backpack, but rather how to live.

Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who:

* Loves reading outdoor adventure books.
* Has a good life, but wants to have an amazing one.
* Wants to learn more about the Appalachian Trail.
* Dislikes preachy self-help books, but doesn't mind getting some useful ideas presented in a light tone.
* Is stuck in a rut and is looking for some inspiration to make important changes.
* Likes to support starving writers.

Unlike the typical self-help book, Hike Your Own Hike:

* Provides an entertaining, flowing tale as a backdrop.
* Draws all its lessons from the adventure of walking the entire Appalachian Trail.
* Doesn't take itself so darn seriously!

Unlike the typical travelogue, Hike Your Own Hike:
* Is not all about the author, it's about what YOU can get out of the story.
* Delivers practical ideas that help you squeeze more out of life.
* Recounts a challenging southbound thru-hike versus the typical northbound thru-hike (less than 10% hike southbound).

Read how the AT teaches you the Seven Principles on how to get the most out of life:

1. Hike Your Own Hike.
2. Beware of Summit Fever.
3. Hike with Passion.
4. Learn from Trail Lore.
5. Eat Well, Walk Hard, and Sleep Soundly.
6. Perform Trail Magic.
7. The Journey is Too Important to Take Seriously.

Each chapter in the book is devoted to each concept. Chapter One starts in Maine where Francis Tapon learned the First Principle. Chapter Seven ends in Georgia where he learned the Seventh Principle.

“Don’t expect a dull trail log. Don’t expect a boring self-help book. Instead, expect to laugh and learn as Hike Your Own Hike weaves practical wisdom with an epic journey as the backdrop.” — Dave Roberson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Data Systems

“Hike Your Own Hike is a helpful, fun book that combines everyday life with the outdoors. Walk the Appalachian Trail with Francis Tapon and learn practical insights that will get you ready for your own hike.” — Harv Erickson, Chairman of the Board, Continental Divide Trail Alliance

“It’s hard to imagine a book could combine the strengths of Bill Bryson’s Walk in the Woods and Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, but Hike Your Own Hike has done it!” — Marco Iansiti, Harvard Business School Professor

“This is definitely not your ordinary Appalachian Trail thru-hike memoir.” — Brian T. Fitzgerald, Chair, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

“Francis Tapon’s book is a marvelous addition to the very best outdoor and personal development books available. Against the backdrop of a rich and unique journey along the Appalachian Trail, Hike Your Own Hike offers the reader a wealth of practical how-tos blended masterfully with the wisdom of the ages. This isn't another boring hiking guidebook, it’s a wonderful guidebook for life.” — Kim and Demetri Coupounas, Co-Founders, GoLite

“The great outdoors is one of the best classrooms we’ll ever have. It overflows with life lessons, as Francis Tapon so clearly and passionately explains in this wonderful book.” — Hal Urban, Author of Life’s Greatest Lessons

“Hike Your Own Hike won’t just inspire and motivate you; it’ll amuse and delight you. Francis Tapon transforms the wonders and wisdom of the woods

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