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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail, stretches along the East Coast of the United States through some of the most arresting landscapes in America. In the company of a friend, Bryson sets off to hike 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, rattle-snakes and poisonous plants. Facing savage weather and unreliable maps, Bryson gamely struggles through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition -- not to die outdoors.