Hello friends and followers! My hike of the Appalachian Trail last year was one of the most challenging and amazing experiences of my life. Cliché as it sounds, It was everything I always hoped for and more. Not a day goes by that I do not think of my daily walks, my nightly storytelling, or all the friends and adventures in-between. Well, I’m happy to announce that the adventure didn’t really end with my summit of Katahdin on July 22nd. There’s more!
Over the past few months, a fellow 2018 thru-hiker and I named RTK have been working on a special project, based on our unique personal experiences on the AT. This collaboration is finally complete and I’d like to welcome you to check out our new book, Platinum-Blazing the Appalachian Trail: How to Thru-hike in
5 3-Star Luxury!
It’s not the book I promised in my journal entries last summer (don’t worry, that’s coming too), but I think my readers and any future hikers will enjoy what we put together. But what is it, you may ask? What is this Platinum-Blazing thing all about? Didn’t he always talk about white-blazes, why did they change color?? And when the hell did he have time to write a book?! First of all, calm down and stop yelling at yourself. Its unhealthy and kind of weird (your dog is staring at you, very confused). Let me tell you what this publication is all about…
Every year, thousands of individuals set out to achieve thru-hiker immortality on an epic 2,200 mile journey along the Appalachian Trail, one of the most iconic and desired long distance hikes in America. Potential hikers know to follow the “white blazes” on painted trees, rocks, and roads to direct their path forward … but we offer this supplemental navigation tool for those hoping to add a little luxury to their thru-hike experience.
- Where can I find luxury accommodations when I desperately need a day off?
- Which Hostels provide the most premium hiker services available?
- Where can I find the best fine-dining for a much needed steak dinner?
- Where is the most delicious and rewarding ice cream treat?
- Who has the best burger or pizza?
- Which blue-blaze trails are worth the extra side trip?
- Which towns are on the must-stop list, and which should I avoid?
- What is the single, greatest destination every hiker should visit?
All the questions and more are answered in this guide to Platinum-Blazing the Appalachian Trail! Written by 2018 thru-hike finishers, this book points future hikers to the very best luxury accommodations, meals, destinations, and experiences available on trail from Georgia to Maine. For the eager hiker looking to plan ahead, or the tired hiker looking take a break, we hope this guide will help you find the best places to splurge while hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
And that’s it! This fun guide will give future hikers (and any lingering readers of my blog) a taste of what I loved, what I didn’t, and what made the cut for best destination during my trip. Sprinkled throughout are personal stories and anecdotes from RTK and me, so it isn’t just a Lonely Planet type guidebook. We hope you enjoy it and welcome your feedback on Amazon. In addition, you can check out the book’s Platinum-Blazing website and request a signed copy there if so interested!
Hello Neiman (Sharkbait)!
Happy here. It’s a fantastic read! Well done 🙂
Happy (aka “dad”)
Agreed, it’s a fun, good read. However, I must admit my propensity to depart the main trail as little as possible -other than to resupply or avoid dangerous weather. Thus, I won’t be doing much Platinum Blazing… maybe some 2-star diversions. I will, however be ordering a copy as I liked the ‘teaser’ I read recently, and I’m hungry for more! I’ll leave some feedback on Amazon! Good job! MH