Having hiked more than 40,000 miles of trails across the globe, Justin "Trauma" Lichter recounts the survival instincts, physical endurance, and mental resiliency needed to be a thru-hiker. Despite countless close calls, Trauma continues to push the limits of long distance hiking, safety and wilderness survival. Short Stories fro Long Trails is at times frightening, stomach-turning, humorous, and heartwarming, including tales about:
A wide variety of characters, from over-friendly motel clerks to escaped convicts, run-ins with lions, elephants, grizzlies, and other beasts, big and small
All types of weather, from one of the wettest seasons on the Appalachian Trail to the extreme heat of Africa
Questionable decisions when food or water is scarce, like consuming uncooked meat and treating water from sludge-like pools
Losing his way in the poppy fields of Copper Canyon, Mexico, amidst heavy narcotics traffic
His history-making winter hike of the Pacific Coast Trail, described by the New York Times as "the most daring and foolhardy expedition since Lewis and Clark".