How the Wild Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69: An Appalachian Trail Adventure
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300 pgs, trade paper, $21.95
BISAC: TRV034000-Travel: Special Interests/Hiking • SPO018000-Sports & Recreation /Hiking
Memoir • SEL021000-Self-Help: Inspiration • HEA007000-Health & Fitness /Hiking




How the Wild Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69: An Appalachian Trail Adventure


It wasn’t the wildlife, the fresh air, the scenery, or the promise of a simple life that drew retired textbook editor Jane Congdon into the woods. It was the Wild Effect! Record numbers of women were taking to the trails after reading Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir. Many, like “scared of everything that moves” Jane, had little or no prior hiking experience. Nevertheless, Jane Congdon spent 17 weeks on the Appalachian Trail hiking with partners, alone, and with a glass good-luck charm named Ms. Rabbit, logging nearly 1,200 miles in 7 of the 14 AT states. This is her fascinating and humorous account of her ups and downs—from bears, ticks, wild pigs, volatile weather, primitive conditions—and the personalities she met along the way—of a long-distance hike, and how it changed her perceptions of both Mother Nature and human nature.


Jane Congdon, a professional writer and editor, is the author of the soon-to-be-published memoir, How the Wild Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69: An Appalachian Trail Adventure. She is co-author with her brother of Mr. Joe: Tales from a Haunted Life. Jane's first memoir, It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me, was published in 2011. The publisher of all three is Bettie Youngs Books.


“Amusing, entertaining, and definitely helpful! This book will give future thru-hikers an idea what to expect on the trail. Experienced hikers will see themselves and perhaps have a laugh at the fears, questions, and rookie mistakes we share on the trail and on our page.” —Bunny Kramer, administrator of the 15,000-member Facebook page, Appalachian Trail: Women’s Group

“I was so excited for Jane to take on this adventure—and what great stories she has to tell!” —Jaimie Matzko, Lead Trail Guide for A Walk in the Woods and REI Adventures; one of 6 guides worldwide honored with REI’s Top Guide award in 2017

“A thoroughly excellent read! Treat yourself to this fabulous book!” —Aura Imbarus, Ph.D., CEO, Beyond Magazine and, author of the Amazon best-seller, Out of the Transylvania Night

“This is storytelling at its best!” —Sharon Babineau, author of The Girl Who Gave Her Wish Away

“A thoroughly excellent read! Funny, fascinating and fabulous! I felt like I was walking the
Appalachian Trail with her.” —JoAnne Emery, Managing Director, City Ballet, San Diego