This Man Knows What a Long Walk in the Woods Can Teach

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A walk along the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings for a noble cause. A new edition scheduled for release September 8, 2007 focusing on Alt's decade of life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth, and good health. Printed on environmentally friendly paper.

How does sleeping with a skunk, being chased by a bull, charged by a bear, suffering painful blisters, swarms of insects, and hilarious food cravings transfer to life lessons in the real world? Why does Jeff Alt insist that walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail was one of the best things he ever did? Would the trail lessons stick ten years later? Alt shares his "Life Lessons from the Trail" in a new edition of A Walk for Sunshine. Alt shares how walking the Appalachian Trail has changed him, in profound, unique, and positive ways. Alt explains how he has applied his lessons to his career, his marriage, and raising his children. For video clips, articles, and photos see:

Alt made his trek to raise money for Sunshine, the home where his brother with cerebral palsy lives. Alt's journey changed the lives of the residents with special needs living at Sunshine by inspiring an annual walk that celebrates its 10th anniversary September 8th. To date they have raised over $125,000.    

  •     Alt tells edge-of-your-seat tales involving bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, mice, and hilarious food cravings.
  •     Among Alt's "Life Lessons from the Trail" is a focus on getting outdoors with his wife and children. With Game Boy replacing the backyard, childhood obesity a national epidemic, getting kids outside is more important than ever.
  •     Alt's "Life Lessons from the Trail" includes: the powerful aspect of humor, why you should go after your dreams now, how walking the AT is 2,000 miles of problem-solving, and more.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his Walk, Alt reissued his award-winning book, A Walk for Sunshine (ISBN-13: 978-0-9679482-2-5; September 8, 2007, Dreams Shared Publications, $15.95). An epilogue has been added sharing life lessons Alt learned from the trail and how he has applied them to his life in the 10 years since his adventure.

Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: ESPN's Inside America's National Parks, Hallmark Channel's New Morning, the AP, CNN-Radio, USA radio network, NPR, and more. Alt's award-winning books, A Walk for Sunshine and A Hike for Mike, have been reviewed in Library Journal, Chicago Sun Times, and other leading review sources. Alt has enjoyed sharing his adventure in hundreds of venues across the country. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Alt has walked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife and Jeff trekked across a 50 mile swath of Ireland last summer with his wife, young daughter, and extended family.

"A Fascinating interview. This story is for anyone seeking inspiration to achieve their own goals."
-Roger, WNRI

"…When Jeff Alt hiked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail in 147 days almost 10 years ago, he did not suspect the experience would have turned into such a life-changing event. But it has, and he writes about it
in - A Walk For Sunshine -a new chapter, an epilogue, to his wonderful account of the Trail..."
-Steve Pollick, The Toledo Blade


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