Insider's story of the Appalachian Trail "thru-hikers"
Join us Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 pm
Local author, teacher, and thru-hiker
Michael “SY” Sisemore
In the Real World I Hike:
Transformation of purpose and self in 5 million easy steps
Sisemore’s book is not “just another hiking book…” This collection of narratives includes stories from a diverse lot of long-distance thru-hikers and how hiking helped to transform their lives over the course of hundreds and thousands of miles. The author examines the very necessary need for people to reconnect with nature and to disconnect from the socially demanding “real world” so that they may discover and embrace the true real world. In these stories you will encounter hikers who reinvented themselves, learned the true meaning of freedom, and gained an appreciation for just how much adversity they could overcome and what living is all about. Long-distance hiking is akin to the very ancient rites of passage, pilgrimage, and the rituals that mark the human milestones of accomplishment and self-awareness. You may also come to appreciate that it is never too late to run away from home.
SY thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1999, then completed a solo ascent of Cerro Aconcagua (one of the 7 summits) in 2004, finished the 48 4,000’ peaks of NH with his daughter, completed a Doctorate of Education in 2020, and is a high school educator in the Upper Valley. He lives in Sunapee with his wife Amber and daughter Natalie.
Fun for all those who have attempted, or dreamed, or known someone to be a "Thru-Hiker".