Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

By William Birchard; Robert D. Proudman; Michael Dawson

Appalachian Trail Conference, Paperback, 9780917953729, 237pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

This is the classic, comprehensive manual on how to build a footpath to withstand the beating of 8 million boots a year (some hitting the ground 5 million times), to rest lightly on the land, to preserve the natural resources around it, and to allow a true backcountry experience-all at the same time. It is addressed to those who work on the Appalachian Trail-4,500 volunteers putting in a total of more than 185,000 hours a year-but is used by veteran and novice trail-builders around the world because of the success of the Appalachian Trail system. Illustrated with more than 50 photographs and 100 explanatory drawings, this manual includes design and construction specifications and lists of tools and U.S. suppliers.

About the Author

Michael Dawson from Santa Monica, CA is a professional writer and has worked as a programmer and game industry designer and producer. He is the author of "Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner" (Premier Press, 1-59200-073-8), which teaches newcomers programming by using games as examples. Mike earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and has worked as a programmer for a large Internet services company. He also has experience in the television industry as a staff writer for a popular sitcom.