Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Walk For Sunshine Book and DVD Review

I love the outdoors and have always dreamed of hiking for extended periods. When we lived in Virginia, we actually hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail while geocaching, which was an amazing experience. Jeff Alt went further, a lot further. He hiked the entire distance (about 2,160 miles the year he thruhiked) and this book and DVD are his story of that trek.

Both the book and DVD are presented in a lighthearted manner, with his travails humorous anecdotes rather than sorrowful stories. Alt is earnest in his storytelling, but it is no wonder, as his hike was conceived as a fundraiser for Sunshine Communities, where his disabled brother lives.

Alt takes you along on an entertaining walk with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this adventure for a noble cause. Jeff dedicated his journey to his brother who has cerebral palsy inspiring an annual fundraiser which has raised over $160,000 for the disabled home in which his brother resides. A Walk For Sunshine has been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, reviewed by the AP, and more. As you walk along with Jeff, you experience perseverance, surviving with only the bare essentials, the success of goal setting, and overcoming obstacles.

Jeff is not a professional author and it shows. His writing, however, is entertaining and he keeps the story moving along. The DVD is a companion piece to the book and features mostly slides, rather than live action. On the DVD, he comes across as very personable and likable.

About the Author: Jeff Alt’s adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: ESPN’s Inside America’s National Parks, Hallmark Channel’s New Morning, CNN-Radio, USA Radio Network, the AP, the Chicago Sun Times, and many more. Alt is a talented speaker, teacher, and the award-winning author of A Walk For Sunshine and A Hike For Mike. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Jeff has shared his Appalachian Trail adventures with guests in the Shenandoah National Park for over six years. He holds a Master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and a degree from the University of Toledo. He continues to host the annual Walk-With-Sunshine inspired by his Appalachian Trail journey. Jeff has walked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and last summer he carried his 21-month old daughter in a pack across a swath of Ireland on a family hike.

More information can be found on Jeff Alt's website and on his Facebook page.

(Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Jeff Alt and KSB Promotions. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. I guy from the Missouri Water Environment Association that I belong to did a thru-hike with his teenage son as a fundraiser for Water for People a couple of years ago. He spoke about it at the keynote last year and it nearly had me in tears the wonderful way that things can come together (stars align whatever) to allow for an incredible journey to occur. I was nearly in tears as I thought about how precious those memories built on the trail with his son will be for both of them forever. Eighteen is a tough time for a lot of parents/children and I know they are both better for having spent such insane quality time together. Curious if this book would be as moving as his story.

  2. I've only had the pleasure of hiking shorter sections of the AT in New England...

  3. I'd love to hike some of the AT with the kids when they get older - and don't have to be carried most of the way:)

  4. I've wanted to thru-hike the AT ever since reading anarticle about it in National Geographic when I was in grade school. And what a great cause!

  5. Pacific Crest Trail baby! On the bucket list....


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