In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60
This college administrator's well-written account of setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail at age 60, beginning with the learning and training process, "is full of rich and emotionally charged detail about the journey and the personal growth that resulted from it," says Library Journal.
From the back cover:
For the first few weeks, Leslie learns how to pitch a tent in the rain, make her food bag animal-proof, and keep her socks dry. When terrain toughens, she struggles physically to keep up with the trail community she socially depends on to keep going and focuses on putting one foot in front of the other, every day to reach her destination. After September 11, 2001, she copes with being seemingly the only hiker on the trail for miles, eventually forcing her to change her definition of “hiking her own hike.