Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #314 – Aug 22, 2016

Sandra-Schmid-in-the-Whites-NH-on-Appalachian-Trail-thru-hike-2001

Sandra-Schmid-in-the-Whites-NH-on-Appalachian-Trail-thru-hike-2001

Backpacking forces one, by necessity, to walk the balance line, the edge of the sword, between disciplined deprivation and hedonistic gratification: a tiring, sweat-soaking day ends with a plunge into a cool stream; an arduous, lung-bursting climb is followed by a magnificent panoramic sweeping view; and there is the continuous contrast between life on the trail and civilized pleasures—a warm meal, a hot shower, clean dry clothes. It is by walking this line between sacrifice and satisfaction that one finds fulfillment.

—ROBERT BROWNE, The Appalachian Trail: History, Humanity, and Ecology, 1980


Click to find over 2,000 additional Trail Quotes  arranged loosely into 60 subjects. I want the Trail Quotes to be a readable source for inspiring, challenging, and amusing information and knowledge; as well as a reliable, easy-to-use reference work for finding the precise wording, author, date, and source of the trail quotation.

Advertisements