One man's remarkable challenge. 2,200 miles of unforgiving wilderness. Can he escape the mundane to become a thru-hiker?
Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors magazine.
Keith Foskett's dream of escape started with a single step. Thru-hiking all 2200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, he left ordinary life behind for five months. Enduring an incredible test of physical and psychological strength, Foskett was pushed to his limits...
Accompanied by an array of eclectic characters - including a drug dealer, a world-champion juggler and a sex-starved Minnesotan - he weaves a route through some of America's wildest landscapes and history, and writes with insight, honesty and reflection. Attempting to keep his English wit alive amidst the bumps and bruises, can Foskett survive his journey of self-discovery to emerge victorious?
Shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine's Outdoor Book of the Year, Foskett's novel-like tale is as entertaining as it is insightful. Venture beyond the journal-style of many outdoor books and join Foskett's adventure of a lifetime.
Balancing on Blue is a superb standalone travel memoir. If you like living outside the box, escaping into the wild, and journeying deep into the unknown, then you'll love Keith Foskett's courageous trek.
Discover how this wilderness escape can change you too.
'A highly anticipated Appalachian Trail memoir, and well worth the wait.'
Daniel Neilson (The Great Outdoors Magazine)
'With thru-hiking gaining in popularity, many look to the Appalachian Trail to test their trail legs, and discover why it holds the reputation it does.
The wilds of this planet are serene, peaceful and offer the chance to break away from a normal existence. Keith's wonderful perspective of the trail reflects this freedom.'
Jennifer Pharr Davis (Author and previous record holder for the fastest ever thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail).
'An entertaining and inspiring account of one of the world's longest hikes and the people who walk it. Keith is a perfect walking companion for the ups and downs of the trail - his easy and understated style kept me turning the pages.
Essential reading for those contemplating their own big adventure.'
David Lintern (Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine)
'Long distance backpacking trips can be monotonous, and it's often the same story for most books about them. Balancing on Blue is something completely different and once again, Keith invites you to the world that he calls home.
Be prepared for great story telling, unique and interesting characters, wit and insight.'
Andrew Skurka (Long distance hiker, adventurer and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2007).
★★★★★ Not since Bill Bryson have I found a series of nonfiction books as entertaining as those written by Keith Foskett.
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