Becoming Odyssa

Becoming Odyssa

Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Book - 2010
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After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.
Publisher: New York : Beaufort Books, c2010
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780825305689
Characteristics: xii, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm


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Apr 15, 2017

ave read a few AT books now and this is a good mix of technical and andectodotal; interesting female/christian perspective and love how she didn't take a stove! spoiler: didn't realize she was so hardcore that she went back and set record!

Jan 23, 2016

Great read about a young woman's determination to take on the challenge of a lifetime, walking the AT. Well worth the read

Jan 21, 2015

This is a well-done story of the author's first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. She learned a lot about herself, and later set the record for fastest thru-hike, completing the AT in 46 days. Amazing.


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