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On Trails: An Exploration (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Robert Moor (Tekijä)

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"From a brilliant new literary voice comes a groundbreaking exploration of how trails help us understand the world--from tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others devolve? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing--combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic--the oft-overlooked trail--sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? Moor has the essayist's gift for making new connections, the adventurer's love for paths untaken, and the philosopher's knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:On Trails: An Exploration
Kirjailijat:Robert Moor (Tekijä)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2017), Ausgabe: Reprint, 352 Seiten
Kokoelmat:Outdoor, Toivelista
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This is a very meandering book with no real point, but lots of interesting stories and thoughts about trails and hiking (especially the Appalachian Trail). Stuff about how Native Americans used trails, the expansion of the AT into the International AT (including Canada, UK, Morocco), technical details of trails, stories about the creation of trails, etc. It's entertaining and interesting but doesn't really fit into one category. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Just like a walk on a trail with a good, thoughtful friend. To read this book is to wander with Robert Moor through a landscape of thoughts and ideas, pondering the meaning of trails, and recounting stories of trails already traveled, until you find yourself at trails end, wanting more. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
Moor is a long distance walker, he took five months completing the Appalachian Trail, but rather than just the exhilaration in completing this 2190 mile journey he realised that he now had questions about just why we create trails. In exploring this phenomena he is shown some of the oldest fossil trails, he learns how and why animals do the same thing, from ants that use pheromones to guide others from the nest to sources of food. He has a go a shepherding to see how sheep make trails, and manages to mislay a complete flock in his first attempt. He joins Native Americans to see the trails in their culture and perches in a tree with Larry Benoit to gain an insight into the mind of a hunter following deer trails in a forest.

He finds out how a new trail is created when he joins a renowned trail builder in Tennessee making pathways with a quad-bike. He is asked to join the International Appalachian Trail, what will be the world’s longest footpath, spanning from Alabama to Morocco, and spends some time walking some of what could be the Moroccan section. In the final part of the book, he catches up with the Nimblewill Nomad, M.J. Eberhart. He is somewhat of a legend, as he has walked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail; around 34,000 miles in total. He could be described as eccentric too, having had all his toenails removed and passed on most of his possessions bar a truck and a couple of boxes of sentimental stuff. Moor joins him for a few days and walks with him from Winnie along the roads of Texas.

Walking creates trails. Trails, in turn, shape landscapes

Moor has tremendous potential as an author but I am not entirely sure if this is a travel book, a walking book, a book on the natural world or book on the deeper philosophy on the process of placing one foot in front of another. That said, it is an eloquent set of essays and stories about the pleasures of walking along the great trails of the world. Liked the piece about technology too, it makes a change to have someone say that it can have its place, rather than being one of those who considers the mix of technology and nature to be abhorrent. It is quite American-centric, though he does venture overseas at times, but its wide-ranging scope means that it is not quite as focused as it could be hence I have only given it three stars. However, I really liked this, as he has been bold enough to take a step off the well-trodden path for the wider view. For those with and interest in walking, this should be on your to-read list. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
An interesting read that, at times, drug along super slow. As an obsessive walker/hiker/backpacker, I have a certain difficulty in coming to the author’s conclusions. Too cut and dried, too obsessed with “startling observations” (these are not mutually exclusive), and a possible desire to see himself as a future polymath. The book was interesting, for sure, but I constantly felt that the author was trying to impress. Decidedly not into that. Am currently traveling thru Sri Lanka, reading from my depleted stash of paperbacks, but twill be nice to get back to my rare (and better) books....Finished 19.02.20. ( )
  untraveller | Feb 19, 2020 |
A good book that could have been better. Mr Moor, inspired by his experience of completing the long distance Appalachian Trail, writes about the nature of trails as a biologic and cultural phenomenon. He tells us of the first organisms to move and leave trails in the geological record. He writes of ants and elephants who both make and make use of trails. But most of all he writes of the Appalachian Trail, those who walk it and those who take care of it. ( )
  Steve38 | Feb 17, 2020 |
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"From a brilliant new literary voice comes a groundbreaking exploration of how trails help us understand the world--from tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others devolve? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing--combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic--the oft-overlooked trail--sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? Moor has the essayist's gift for making new connections, the adventurer's love for paths untaken, and the philosopher's knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew"--

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