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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Feb 14, 2017 Carton Quantity: 28 $26.95 CAD
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The Appalachian Trail
Hiking the People's Path
Photographs by: Bart Smith Foreword by: Ron Tipton Contributions by: Appalachian Trail Conservancy
9780847859177 Hardcover English General Trade TRAVEL / Special Interest / Hikes & Walks Feb 14, 2017
$26.95 CAD
Active 7.4 x 5.3 x 1 in 224 pages 170 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS Rizzoli
An inspirational photographic tour for anyone who wants to get out on
America’s most iconic trail—from day hiker to thru-hiker.
The Appalachian Trail spans fourteen states from Maine to Georgia and is more than 2,000 miles long. Now, eighty years after its completion, the A.T. remains America’s premier hiking trail and is known as “the People’s Path.”
This beautifully illustrated book officially published with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy highlights this legendary footpath with more than 170 spectacular contemporary images taken by the foremost hiking photographer in America. The photographs allow readers to experience the trail as if their boots were on the path—passing by the iconic white trail blazes, taking in the surrounding wilderness at scenic overlooks, meeting other hikers at lean-tos or shelters, and freezing at the sight of a black bear, moose, or other majestic wildlife. This book is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, or American history, or for those who dream of one day becoming thru-hikers themselves.

Large and Dedicated Audience: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has 40,000 members nationwide and approximately 3.3 million people hike on it annually. The 31 A.T. regional clubs have more than 250,000 active members. The Appalachian Mountain Club alone has more than 90,000 members.

Compact and Affordable: While composed of all new photography, this book is a beautiful and affordable compact version of what could have been a stunning full size photographic celebration

Proven Audience: As The Appalachian Trail and America’s Great Hiking Trails have proven, there is a strong audience for beautiful books about great hikes. The lower price point for this book should only widen that audience

Partnerships: Appalachian Trail Conservancy retail corporate partners include L.L. Bean, REI, and Eastern Mountain Sports.

Promoting Organizations: Marketing and public relations opportunities through trail clubs and umbrella organizations, such as the Partnership for the National Trails System and other trail-management and advocacy organizations, as well as regional and local trail clubs and the American Hiking Society..

Bart Smith was the first person to walk all eleven of America’s national scenic trails. His photography has been published in Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines, as well as in books.

Ron Tipton is the executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail.

Author Residence: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Publicity: First serial excerpt in Outside Magazine. Additional outreach to A.T. Journeys, Adirondack Explorer, American Hiker, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Boundary Waters Journal, Highways, Kaatskill Life, Northern New England Journey, Okemo Magazine, Out There Monthly, Outdoor Sportsman, SFA Fitness, Telluride Style Magazine, Trail Walker.

Travel and photography media including National Geographic, Photo District News, Picture Magazine, Photo Insider, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, and Budget Travel.

Online: Hiking blogs to include: Adirondack Outdoors, The Adventure Guys, Appalachia & Beyond, Backwoods Plaid, blog, Blissful Hiking, Brian and Ashley’s Hiking Blog, BRT Insights - WW Kayaking & Hiking, Camping Advice Blog, The Dusty Vagabond, Girls Gone Outdoors, Great Outdoors, HikeBike Travel, Hiking Boots Blog, Hiking Lady, Hiking the High Country, Jane’s Canada Travel Blog, Modern Hiker, MyLifeOutdoors, National Parks Traveler.

“The beauty of this ”mini edition" is that is it exclusively photographs.  It allows the viewer to sit and experience the trail and every page is a delight.  Footpaths beckon you to follow as they twist and turn into the distance…. Officially published with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, this [is a] jewel of a book.”
Snug Harbor Bay

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