And Bryson tells the secondhand stories of some of the folks who have traversed the AT: a trekker in his 80s, another on crutches, a blind man with a seeing-eye dog who reportedly fell about 5,000 times and a 350-pound wafflestomper
who lost 53 pounds on his sojourn.
Such is the story of a shoeless joe named Paul Lucas of Mountain View, who hopes to bring into better focus the growing trend of hikers who prefer bare feet to wafflestompers
The winning combination is endearing to wafflestompers
Expect infrequent bursts of wind and an occasional airplane, but the only other man-made sounds you'll hear are the crunch of wafflestompers
hitting tinder-dry earth and the heavy breathing that comes with climbing a grade that is steep in places.
My battered wafflestompers
and sweatshirt emblazoned with ``Rodeo'' didn't exactly scream Wild West.
At 14,494 feet, it's the tallest point in the contiguous United States, and each year thousands don wafflestompers
or running shoes and make the pilgrimage to the granitic landmark west of Lone Pine.
If anyone is wearing swooshes on their wafflestompers
, they paid personal money for them.
I would gladly walk a mile in your shoes, as long as they are wafflestompers
The first step is to break out - or, for newcomers, break in - your wafflestompers
and hit the dusty trail.
It really gives you an appreciation for what development has done to the beaches - how marinas have decimated our wetlands, how sea walls just raise havoc with the way sand is distributed,'' said Jimmie Renner, 59, of Downey, a retired administrator with the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools who is donning her wafflestompers
for the trek.