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BOOK REVIEWS FOR PAINTED BLAZES!  (Thanks!)



5.0 out of 5 stars

Outstanding Adventure with Loner
By Christine R. Boule on September 3, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase

I'm pretty sure I have read every book ever printed on hiking the Appalachian
trail. This one stands out as "one of the best"...and I am in the process now of watching the youtube videos you made and I am enjoying them immensly. Sometimes I feel like I'm walking right along with you. You did great job with your videos, and your book!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventure.



5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2017
Format: Paperback
I've read more than 30 AT hiking narratives in the last 10 years and this is one of the very best. I wish the pictures were of better quality but what pictures Loner decided to put in the book were so relevant. I've always wondered what the Huts in the Whites looked like and now I know. I admired his sense of adventure in that even though he was seriously low on money, he plowed on fearlessly. Thanks for writing the book Jeff. Now go hike the PCT and get your weight down again. Then write another book. Oh and thanks for doing the hike smart so that I didn't have to groan about another dumb and unprepared hiker.



5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent account of hiking the A.T.
By Garry57 on August 25, 2017
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Just finished "Painted Blazes" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I followed "Loners" YouTube series and I was glad to see the book become available. It is certainly one of the best and most unique accounts of hiking the A.T. that I have read. I would highly recommend this book. Thanks Jeffrey


5.0 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book
By Reed Moore on August 25, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. Loner's account of his through hike made me want to put on my backpack and hit the trail!



5.0 out of 5 stars
A very good book.
By nathan1974v Aug 24, 2017
Format: eBay verified purchase: Yes | Condition: New
It has interesting content, good stories about hiking the AT, it's easy to read, has lots of local historical facts about places on the trail. Plus, the author is a very likable guy, someone who would be cool to hike with, you can tell that from his youtube videos. I've read a LOT of hiking books and journals and I'd rate this one right up there up with my favorites.


5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
By Wayne E. Weatherwax on August 24, 2017
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Enjoyed it

5.0 out of 5 stars

Such an excellent book.

By acerdancingpeacock Aug 16, 2017
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What a great book to dive into Appalachian Trail such detail of his wonderful journey of the Appalachian Trail highly recommend this book to anybody interested in hiking or just curious about the Appalachian Trail.



5.0 of 5 stars
Great read! Get this book!
By Mazz on August 7, 2017
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Painted Blazes is a well written and entertaining book! Loner's description of his experiences along this hike makes you feel like you were there along with him. I can't put it down!


5.0 out of 5 stars
A must read!
By Wise Fool on August 7, 2017
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A must read for anyone considering hiking the AT. Loner's account is like a frontier log cabin--rough hewn and honest. It is refreshing to read about how the AT really is--with all of its challenges and serendipitous adventures. Well Done!


5.0 out of 5 stars

Much More than just Another Book about Hiking the Appalachian Trail
By Chad W Wesselman on August 6, 2017
Format: Paperback

There are many books about hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). I have read about a dozen of them. What sets Painted Blazes apart is the depth and breadth of knowledge Loner gives the reader. At the core Painted Blazes is a story of one man's long walk up the backbone of the eastern United States. You get the running commentary you expect from a trail journal. Discussion of the miles hiked, interactions with other hikers, town stops and interesting events along the way. But Painted Blazes goes deeper than that. Loner gives suggestions of which campsites or hostels to consider when planning your own hike depending on price, amenities and location. Hiker Tips are included throughout the book to help anyone venturing into the woods. The appendices in Painted Blazes are also a good resource. They show the would be thru hiker the minimal items needed for the AT. Also included is a large glossary of hiker terms.

The depth of Painted Blazes continues by including local history, both on and off the trail. Loner does a fantastic job of giving the reader some local flavor. He includes what hikers in the past experienced while on trail but also what events occurred that shaped the towns along the way. This makes Painted Blazes much more than a trail journal.

Loner's inclusion of the cast of characters he encountered while hiking the trail adds various story lines to the book (Appendix E contains hiker updates). Outside the book he answers questions from aspiring hikers and leaves supportive comments on YouTube videos of hikers on the trail. This is why I consider Loner the AT's patron saint of encouragement. I think you will agree when you read the book.

Be sure to watch his YouTube videos filmed as he was hiking the AT as a nice companion to the book.


5.0 out of 5 stars

Excellent Read!!
By Remo on August 6, 2017
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Jeffrey's laid back attitude and down to earth style sets the tone for this enjoyable book about his A.T. adventure!


5.0 out of 5 stars

Painted Blazes - A Must Read!
By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2017
Format: Paperback
Such a great read! As someone who followed Loner's AT journey on his YouTube channel, I was anxious to read the book and get all the details of his trip. This book is full of helpful tips for those planning to hike the AT - tips I don't imagine you would find anywhere else. I appreciate that the tips are honest and do not sugar coat details about stops along the trail, even those that are somewhat negative. There are companion stories and fun facts to go with almost every stop on the trail. Some serious, some funny, but all enjoyed. I really appreciated the pop culture descriptions used to talk about people that Loner met along his way. These made it easy for me to relate to and I could almost picture everyone in my mind.

I have never hiked the AT, but reading Loner's trials and tribulations made me think about it! I put myself in his shoes and wondered if I would be as successful as he was and what I would do in his particular situations. I really admire Loner's planning, initiative, and perseverance through his journey and am glad that he chose to share his story with all of us.


5.0 out of 5 stars

Painted Blazes = or > A Walk in the Woods
By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2017
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This is a good book for new hikers as well as, seasoned ones. There are details about the trail that really are not anywhere else. Loner give "tips" that are informative and funny. I would place it in the top 10 of Appalachian Trail books. It holds its own up against Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods". If you are looking to get a feel of what a "thru hike" is like then "Painted Blazes" is the book you want to read.

Watch "Loner" on youtube to make the complete experience. Thanks for sharing.

Ken "the Bearded GND Hog" (formerly "hikehunter") Reaves

5.0 out of 5 stars

5 Stars
By Kerry Young on July 28, 2017
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One of the best book about a thru hiker hiking the AT in 2012. Great read !  Kerry Young



5.0 out of 5 stars

I am so glad he wrote a book
By Amazon Customer on July 26, 2017
Format: Paperback

I followed loner on his thru Hike on youtube and I am so glad he wrote a book! It's an amazing book for those interested in the trail and for those who have never heard of the trail. A great read and a must have book.



5.0 out of 5 stars

Not the average trail journal!
By Yoda on July 25, 2017
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Another thru hike journal...I woke up...I ate oatmeal...I walked I ate lunch I met zippy from bama bla bla bla NOT!!! Thank you Loner for putting some more meat on the bone with all the local history and background. Sorry about your mom.



5 out of 5 stars
Not your average trail book!
By CDG on July 25, 2017
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Loner offers great insight into trail life. Different from other trail books as he gives detailed accounts of town life along the trail. Particularly helpful for those planning thru or section AT hikes.



5.0 out of 5 stars

Honest account of long distance hiking!
By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2017
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What a great honest account of long distance hiking. If possible read before you watch his videos, I didn't. Makes you realize that anyone can do this with the right attitude.


5.0 out of 5 stars

Lot's of added tips and local history added in- love the history
By Kevin S on July 22, 2017
Format: Paperback
Loving this book and Loner's lost video series on YouTube. If you followed Jeff's thru hike back in 2012 or since then you will recognize his style in this read. Lot's of added tips and local history added in- love the history.



5.0 out of 5 stars

Trail magic for the eyes...
By Kindle Customeron July 21, 2017
Format: Paperback

Loner won us over on YouTube, now he tops it off with an awesome book. The AT book mould has been broken.  This book is a great read for day, section, thru-preppers and seasoned sole-burners. It should be in the hands of anyone who loves the AT.



5.0 out of 5 stars
Warts and all AT Hiking Narrative: Thumbs Up!
By Edward Carmien on July 19, 2017
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I know it marks me as slow and behind the times, but Loner's video blog of hiking the Appalachian Trail was the first such video series I watched, and while I've viewed several by this point, his is still the best. And that's with amateur production values and other rough edges. Part of the charm.

Painted Blazes retains that rough hewn charm. I give this five stars despite distracting (and easy to fix) textual errors, as they remind one of the home-made nature of the narrative. This is an AT hike story presented as itself, without any distortions added to make the tale more palatable or familiar to a reader. This just is how it was. The only convenience for us readers is the nature of the journey itself gives it a beginning, a long middle, and an ending that comes too soon; one almost wishes the story continued....

There are more polished AT narratives out there, and they too have their charms. What you'll take from this one is a raw sense of the sustained effort it takes to hike the AT. I've hiked enough of it to assure readers this is the real deal, warts and all. Loner shares the struggle, reveals great ultralight hiking tips, and provides his view of the AT in all its glory. His hike influences how I hike today!



5.0 out of 5 stars
Loner is great at finding the good in folks' quirks.
By lisa kopel on July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback

The quirky characters Loner meets along his epic hike makes this book stand out from other hiking tomes. Loner is great at finding the good in folks' quirks (including his own). A hiking novice, I also enjoyed the tips scattered throughout the book. Also entertaining are the pictures and fun facts. But it is Loner's dogged determination to complete his goal, despite a myriad of issues, that really makes this book shine. Nicely done!



5.0 out of 5 stars
Just finished this book and absolutely loved it! I couldn't put it down for long
By Harvey Brooks on July 13, 2017
Format: Paperback

Just finished this book and absolutely loved it! I couldn't put it down for long. Jeff goes into detail about his journey on the AT that took place in 2012. He also has a series of videos on Youtube that chronicle his hike as well. The videos are amazing and helped create my fascination with the AT! This is a must read of the highs and lows of months on the trail!



5.0 out of 5 stars

Great read!
By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2017
Format: Paperback / Verified Purchase

Great read!!! I can not put it down. It is very well written. I suggest that you watch his YouTube videos loner 2012 AT. It is the best book about thru hiking the AT.



5.0 out of 5 stars

A humble hikers journey to complete the adventure of a lifetime
By jbs1031 on July 9, 2017

If you are a trail veteran or just curious about the AT, this book should be in your collection. The complement to his 2012 YouTube series, Painted Blazes shows the highs and lows of Loner's amazing journey. While quite the page turner, this book is also filled with a ton of useful information, hiker tips and tricks. It's obvious Loner put a ton of work into this. So if you, like me, followed Loner's journey and want to thank him for his groundbreaking video series, buy this book-you won't regret it.



5.0 out of 5 stars

By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2017
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This book needs to find a place on the shelf of anyone who is dreaming of, planning or even completed a thru or section hike of the Appalachian Trail. My wife and I followed Loner's hike on YouTube and found it to be deeply honest, inspiring and entertaining. His book reveals the same humble yet insightful style of his videos but now combines them with hard learned hints and well researched history that will inform every hiker. Loner's unique quirky style make this book easily readable, entertaining and different than the other books we have read of this genre. His statement that the hardest part of his thru hike was "the suffering of others" reveals a great deal about the quality and heart of the author. While saturated with insights it is also loaded with nuts and bolts information that we have immediately included in our preparation for starting the trail in '18.


5.0 out of 5 stars

By jlvickerysr on June 30, 2017
Format: Paperback

I am reading this excellent book in synch with a third viewing of Loner's Youtube series about his 2012 AT hike. His Youtube series was the beginning of my fascination with the AT and is still the best video journal of the trail that I have seen to date, among hundreds that I have viewed in the last five year. His narratives at the end of each video provide a unique insight to the experiences of the journey by someone who does not fit any of the stereotypical notions about AT through hikers.



5.0 out of 5 stars

By Hiker Mom on June 15, 2017
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I have been interested in the Appalachian trail for years and have ready many books on the subject. I think this is one of the best on the subject. It gives a look into trail life and some very interesting facts on the trail. The best part is the author is a great guy. My husband and daughter watched his thru hike video's on YouTube in 2012. These video's were one on the reasons my husband and daughter (13 years old at the time) hiked the A.T. in 2013. Jeff was a great supporter of that hike and of many other thru hikers since his hike in 2012. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Appalachian trail.



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    Jeffrey “Loner” Gray, although born in Lowell, Massachusetts, has made South Carolina his home for many years. Working as a flea market nomad most of his adult life has afforded him time to pursue other interests: Racing cars, kayaking, studying Native American artifacts, and producing hundreds of YouTube videos about diverse subjects.

     Skateboarding competitively since ten years old, he later formed his own skateboard company (Snake Session Skates), sponsoring team riders from the US and around the world.

     But hiking the Appalachian Trail has been his biggest accomplishment and Painted Blazes, about his trail experiences, is his first book. After his mother passed away, he is continuing her independent publishing house, Shadow Archer Press, and hopes her name will live on by publishing books from a variety of authors.

Only vaguely aware long distance hiking trails crisscrossed the country, a chance meeting led to Jeff's discovery of the Appalachian Trail. Who could have ever guessed that during his journey, “Loner,” as he’s become known in hiker circles, would be bitten by a dog (and a lobster), happen upon a plane crash, chat with a wanted fugitive, come face-to-face with a black bear, see a ghost, be in a car accident, run completely out of money (twice), spend the night under a jail, lose 80 pounds, and find the girl of his dreams? And all to have the time of his life, feel the kindness of others and ultimately learn, he’s not a loner after all.


Documenting, for friends and family, his trip on YouTube, thousands more also followed along, vicariously. This story captures the excitement, fun, sadness and danger of a thru-hike with many added details, photos, funny characters and dozens of incidents never before revealed.


More than just a memoir, Hiker Tips will inspire future hikers to begin their own ultralight backpacking adventure! (Loner’s total pack weight was only 13 pounds.) Also, Fun Facts will help readers gain rare insight into a subculture with its own ethics, trail names, history, hostel system, language and folklore.


Happy hiking! 

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