“I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade.” And so goes Lawton Grinter’s compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable.
Between jobs and in search of something more, Lawton Grinter spent the better part of a decade hiking America’s longest trails. In doing so he came face to face with things that go bump in the night, the kindness of strangers, a close encounter with hypothermia and the absurd rights of passage common to the eccentric people that call themselves long-distance hikers.
Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more!
“Lawton Grinter is a master story teller. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more of his on trail adventures.”
- Teresa “Dicentra” Black, Author of One Pan Wonders
“From the funny, to the heartfelt to the joyous, it is campfire story telling at its best.”
-Paul “Mags” Magnanti, PMags.com
“Grinter’s eminently readable vignettes delightfully capture both the agony and the ecstasy of life on the trail. Join him and his colorful cast of characters for a free-ranging backcountry adventure. You will laugh. You will cry. But you won't regret it.”
-Glen Van Peski, Founder of Gossamer Gear
“Full of wacky hiker rituals and amusing personalities, I Hike brings to life the friendships with other hikers and trail angels that makes a long distance hike so life-changing.”
-Philip Werner, SectionHiker.com
“Lawton Grinter works his magic every step of the way. I Hike entertains from end to end. It is as fulfilling as an all-you-can-eat buffet on a thru-hike, and leaves you hungry for more!”
-Justin “Trauma” Lichter, Author of Trail Tested
"Grinter's book is a powerful gateway drug into the secret, addictive world of thru-hiking."
-Tim “The Hog” Hogeboom, Director of Northward to Katahdin & CDT Diary
“Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. What motivates the long-distance hiker? What does it take to complete a thru-hike? Courage? Perseverance? Stupidity? And despite the adversities you'll be itchin' to get on the trail once you read I Hike.”
-Geolyn “Boots” Carvin, Creator of the “Boots McFarland” Cartoon