White Blaze Fever
by Bill Schuette
Release Date: July, 2003
I've read a number of AT hiking books. Although I enjoyed this book, I thought it was too much like a trail journal. Basically, each day's activities are logged in a somewhat detailed manner. Unlike some of the other AT books that I've read, I don't feel like learned much about the author other than the obvious external facts---he's a 51 year old retired principal that enjoys hiking.
That being said, I still enjoyed the book and thought the hiker tips were helpful. I plan to reference these tips if I should ever attempt a thru-hike in the future.
This is a great book for anyone who has actually thru hiked the AT, section hiked it, or is just a vicarious AT hiker. I read this book in one sitting over several hours. I simply couldn't put it down. I've read over thirty books on thru hiking the AT and this is one of the best accounts yet. Schuette himself is a thru hiker and his narrative of his own experiences is fascinating. It's truly a great exploration of what goes into the heart, mind, and body of this hiker who made the pilgrimage.
Schuette arranges the information neatly by chapter. There are sections on animals, bugs, food, physical preparation and other things necessary to know before embarking on the trail. The narrative flows by smoothly and I was sad as I approached the end of the book because it was so immensely enjoyable. I would recommend this book highly for everyone who dreams of hiking the AT or those have already completed the journey. This is a wonderful and interesting addition to your AT library.