The Unlikely Thru-Hiker

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker

On June 30, 2021 at 5PM Central Time The Joy Trip Reading Project hosted our sixth online book discussion with Derick Lugo, author of the Unlikely Thru-Hiker.  Prior to the experiences portrayed in his debut memoir, this young writer had never hiked, camped or pitched a tent a day in his life. However, this Brooklyn-born, New York City urbanite hopped a train to Georgia, grabbed a taxi to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail, and then he did as he has always done — put one foot in front of the other and never looked back.

After thru-hiking for 2,192 miles and several thousand more on various different trails, he now feels invincible and plans to cross the Sahara barefoot. (Not really, but when an ambitious spirit is successful, it will strive for even greater accomplishments.)

Storytelling is Derick’s forte; he’s the author of The Unlikely Thru-Hiker, a memoir of his 6-month hike of the entire Appalachian Trail, he’s written several articles for outdoor magazines, and short stories for various books. He’s a professional speaker and adventurer.

This video is the live community discussion moderated by James Edward Mills, author of “the Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” and creator of The Joy Trip Project. Thanks again to the Nelson Institute For Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison and to the financial support of Seirus Innovations, Outdoor Research  and the National Geographic Society

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