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Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail By Dennis R. Blanchard,

  • Title: Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail
  • Author: Dennis R. Blanchard
  • ISBN: 9781450557467
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dennis Blanchard s promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years Finally, when there were no excuses, he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that promise He learned that walking in the wilderness can reconnect one with a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten The difficulties encountered walking over 2,200 miles are eaDennis Blanchard s promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years Finally, when there were no excuses, he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that promise He learned that walking in the wilderness can reconnect one with a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten The difficulties encountered walking over 2,200 miles are easily underestimated and trouble can begin long before setting a first step on the trail Blanchard s introspective demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes and challenging terrain may be far less formidable than some of life s subtle dangers.
    Three Hundred Zeroes Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail Dennis Blanchard s promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years Finally when there were no excuses he set out on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill that promise He learned that walking in t

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    1. I gave this book five stars because I loved it as a great story about people and adventure I m a lot harsher of a critic with fiction books The book a human interest story about a man who had always planned to hike the trail with his brother Unfortunately, his brother died in Vietnam So one day life stopped getting in the way as the author says, so he packed up his pack, brought along his brother s Purple Heart medal, and set off Along the way he met all kinds of people fellow trail hikers, good [...]

    2. Definitely recommend Dennis is a good writer I liked the book because Dennis is closer to my age or make that I m closer to his age and I can relate not to the heart issue Plus he s an engineer with a sense of humor which is rare, and a bonus because of the intelligence intellect behind the humor There were a couple of times while reading where I actually laughed aloud at implied humor I m not sure every reader would get or understand but that s one of the things about his writing that makes the [...]

    3. A fascinating account of an individual s trek along the entire Appalachian Trail Amateur Radio operators may be interested in the author s use of ham radio, but these are only passing mentions The flora, fauna, and personal difficulties and observations provide great reading from front cover to back.This book should be required reading for anyone considering assaulting the AT It s absolutely riveting for the rest of us AT hiker wannabees Jim Amateur Radio Operator KJ3P

    4. When I first ordered this book, I have to admit, I did not know much about the Appalachian Trail I had heard about it, but never really took the time to research where it was exactly, its length, what wildlife was there and so much .For the past five years, I had been hiking a little and considered my walks of two to four miles once every other month something to be proud of Then I read Three Hundred Zeroes and laughed at just how little two to four miles is to an avid hiker This is a beautiful [...]

    5. Retired Electrical Engineer, Dennis Blanchard, had been considering hiking the Appalachian Trail for over 30 years Connecting with a hiking club in Sarasota FL gave him the push he needed so with his wife s blessing he begins his journey dedicating it to his brother s memory killed in action in VietNam Having hiked about 675 miles, Dennis decides he better return home to have the recurrent chest pains checked out, thinking it was minor and he would be back on the trail soon Unfortunately, he had [...]

    6. This is the 4th book I ve read about the AT and I feel it s definitely the best one besides A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.The author shares his experiences hiking the entire AT, albiet split over two years He s interrupted by the need for heart surgery the 300 zero mileage days referenced by the title Along the way he encounters something like 38 bears and nearly steps on 3 rattlesnakes He struggles with a drought on the first year of his hike and frequent st [...]

    7. I loved the humor and candid observations that Mr Blanchard makes as he tells his story step by step as he progresses down the AT I have long had a goal to be able to thru hike this trail, and this book was an inspiration for me to re visit that dream The book is than just an entertaining story, it is a great educational tool for anyone aspiring to hike the AT It answers questions about the little nuances of trail life, and gives one insight into what to expect The author dealt with many advers [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book This is my 4th AT book and all of them have been different This memoir is the story of 60 year old Dennis Blanchard trail name K1 who is hiking the trail in part, in memory of his late brother killed in Vietnam They had always talked of walking the trail together It s a modern story than any of the others I have read K1 starts his hike in 2007 This story takes different twists and turns, but still gives the reader the essence of the trail Lots of good stories in this [...]

    9. This is the second AT Hiker story I have read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson was the first I enjoyed this book very much It is a perfect depiction of how every hiker s story is going to be different, but in the end there are some key commonalities I liked how Dennis offered insight into the human side of his hike Like many hikers before him, he had a set of goals to accomplish from the onset But along the way, Dennis does a wonderful job taking in the interactions with people and wildlife ar [...]

    10. I started this book with average expectations and fell in love with it shortly after the 10th page The author is really an inspiration, the story is easy to read and he really kept me laughing with his tales from the trail I now understand what the title means which I won t spoil for anyone else Anyone who has thought about, planning on or has hiked thru or section the AT should read this just to read another s perspective on the trail and his life lessons he received from it.Sure there are some [...]

    11. Most people who hike the Appalachian Trail report learning some lessons along the way, one of the most common being that people are better judged by what they are on the inside, not what they look like on the outside, and that the two don t always match up as well as we might think This guy Never learned that lesson I got very tired of listening to him mention time after time after time how many overweight people he saw on his journey There are many books with stories about hikers and the AT tha [...]

    12. The personalities encountered on the trail lead to countless humorous moments A cast of characters such as Cookie Monster, Bone Lady, Half Elvis, Motor Butt, Bilge Rat, Privy Monster, and Serial Killer, ensured that there was never a dreary moment There were serious obstacles as well The difficulties I endured walking over 2,200 miles were easily underestimated and trouble began long before setting a first step on the trail This book demonstrates that bears, rattlesnakes, extreme weather and cha [...]

    13. It s been years since i ve read any first hand accounts of hiking the Appalachian trail This was a newer, modern look at life on the trail Even though the technology changes around us, the trail is still a basic, raw, primitive way of enjoying nature This book helped give you a sense of what it is like, especially with the photos added that he took along the way A must read for any AT enthusiast.

    14. Interesting account of a 2 year hike of the AT Dennis focuses on the unexpected stories of the trail angels encountered along the way, and his own personal challenges and victories.The warmth of real people comes through the vignettes woven together with the life of long distance hiker I learned some things not read in other accounts of hiking the AT.

    15. Reading this book felt like being on the trail with the author in of the thrill of adventure, development of new friends, while at the same time frighting hunger and fatigue He is a captivating story teller steering the reader through a roller coaster of emotion throughout the entire book

    16. An interesting read The book reads like a shelter log, which makes it a quick read K1 has a very concise writing style, probably because he is an engineer by trade, but it was very funny at times, always interesting, and it gave me a lot to think about as we plan our thru hike.

    17. An excellent AT trail journal Much informative and funny than A Walk In The Woods If you want to know what the AT is like to a real hiker who happens to have a real voice and sense of humor, skip the other books and start here.

    18. Dennis flirts with his death as he tries to complete what was once a promise between brothers A zero is a day without hiking Three hundred is many than normal even for a fit 60 yo Find out how he completes his quest Very good AT book.

    19. Very engaging story of the author s attempt at hiking the entire AT Enjoyed reading this and felt like I vicariously traveled along Although now I am cold, wet and hungry And extremely tired.

    20. Good book if you like trail stories A well written account of an Appalachian Trail journey Not quite on par with Walking on the Happy side of Misery , but cut out of a similar mold.

    21. Good read on hiking the atInteresting read on thru hiking the at, factual and interesting book that will give you a good idea on what to prepare for.

    22. Dennis always seemed to handle the trail with great character I never thought that I would ever care if he got his HAM radio to get signalBut as the book went on, I did Great little book

    23. An excellent read I so enjoyed Dennis K1YPP s tale that two evenings took me through the whole book.Well written and inspiring Well done

    24. Well paced with plenty of humor A entertaining read, not bogged down with a lot of details of everyday life on the trail, but enough detail to keep you interested One of the best books I ve read about the AT.

    25. Book recommended by former neighbor, Warren DionExcellent book, I enjoyed the documentation, personal stories, pictures, plus side notes shared from Warren Hope to meet Dennis and Jane Wish Warren was still here today I did a lot of rock climbing and hiking in Colorado 1976 1979 Hiked part of AT near Mount Desert Island, Maine 1985 Wonder where Warren s personal autograph book is today You can find me on Facebook mteaglewings7 gmail God bless Glad your heart is doing well Dennis you did a great [...]

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