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Appalachian Impressions: Hiking the Appalachian Trail (2004)

Take the 2,173 mile journey along the most famous long-distance hiking trail in the world. Along the way you'll meet hikers who have embarked on the trek, carrying everything they need on ... See full summary »

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Take the 2,173 mile journey along the most famous long-distance hiking trail in the world. Along the way you'll meet hikers who have embarked on the trek, carrying everything they need on their backs. Hear their stories and experience the thrills and pain of this epic journey. Written by Tomkat

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Appalachian Trail quasi-documentary
9 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

As an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker (1996), like the DVD's producer, I've "been there and done that." From my equally qualified perspective, this film waters down hiking the A.T. a bit too much. It contains mostly milestones/trail highlights (no boring miles), completely fails to acknowledge any non-"family oriented" aspects on the trail (drugs and alcohol) and focuses on overbuilt shelters and hostels far too much. Watching these DVDs, the "Impressions" were more of the videographers "thru-hostel" than a "thru-hike."

That said, I very much enjoyed watching them, even with the omissions. Friends and family (non-hikers) did likewise, despite the excessive hostel coverage. Too selective to be a documentary and too glossed over to be a "How to..." guide, "Appalachian Impressions" is perfect for the "I've never heard of it before" and "I'll never set foot on it" vicarious PBS audience. Just don't assume, having watched it, that you know enough about thru-hiking to attempt such.

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AT (1996); FHT & LT (1998); NPT (1999); PCT (2005)


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