Four Boots One Journey
A Story of Survival, Awareness & Rejuvenation on the John Muir Trail
(Trade paperback, 226 pages, July 22, 2014, Beaufort Books; ISBN: 9780825307362)
Jeff Alt takes you vicariously along the John Muir Trail on an entertaining adventure with his new wife, Beth. Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers, and warm beds, to chuck her domesticated ways and hike over 218-miles which leads to lots of humorous moments. Together, they traverse three national parks, including the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney. Jeff is compelled to take Beth on a hike after her brother tragically dies. Jeff thinks the hike will do Beth some good. They walk in her brother’s memory as a depression awareness campaign. The Alt’s journey is full of inspiration and adventure; from menacing bears, to lightning bolts, mountain lions, food shortages, and altitude sickness. Beth discovers the trials and joy of backpacking and they emerge from the trail rejuvenated; and they are still married.
Four Boots One Journey reviewed on Yahoo Sports affiliate, Grind TV.
“…More than just a memoir, Alt’s book serves as as a guide to the trail as well as a reference for backpacking preparations…” Publishers Weekly
The awards and reviews listed below are from the original Hike for Mike paperback edition.
ForeWord Magazine’s “Book of the Year”
USA Book News