Lawton “Disco” Grinter is the author of the book I Hike : Mostly True Stories From 10,000 Miles of Hiking. He is what is known as a “Triple Crowner,” which means he has hiked all 3 of the long trails (the 2,100+ mile Appalachian Trail (AKA: AT), the 2,600+ mile Pacific Crest Trail (AKA: PCT) and the 2,800 mile Continental Divide Trail (AKA: CDT), as well as a few shorter trails too. However, I don’t consider trails such as the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail, the 211 mile John Muir Trail or the “bulk” of the near 500 mile long Colorado Trail to be short. And to top it off, he hiked the full length of the PCT twice…
As the name of the book implies, “Disco” draws from the last decade of his life in which he has hiked 10,000 miles to create this book. And in case you are wondering, the “Mostly True Stories” are all true, however, he did change some of the names throughout the book to “protect” both the innocent and the guilty… hence the “Mostly True.”
When “Disco” began writing this book, he decided that he didn’t want this to be another book that covered a single long distance hike, but rather a “best of,” or “greatest hits” type of book that touched on all of his hikes over the last decade. I Hike has 12 different chapters, each of which is a story on its own. Each chapter is a story which jumps from one trail to the next, from one point in time to another, and you never know where or when you will be until you’re actually there and reading it in the next chapter…
And I have got to say, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was definitely a fun read, and I like that each chapter is essentially its own book since it allowed me to dive in for a few minutes and then be finished. When I picked the book up the next time, I didn’t need to remember exactly where I was and what had occurred up to that point. Each time was a new story… although, a few of the characters are reoccurring throughout the stories, so it was fun to continue to read about the same people.
All-in-all, this is a thumbs-up book, and I would recommend it to anyone that lives to hike (or even just “likes” it). It made me laugh out loud at times, and there were times I worried a little and probably chewed my nails… (although I never cried). When it comes down to it, this book is based on real trails, real hikers and the things that has happened along long distance hikes. In this respect, this book is also something that a hiker can draw from to use on their own hikes.
I actually won an autographed copy of I Hike in a contest hosted by Trail Groove a couple of months back. Saying that, I am not obligated to write about it, but after reading it, I thought it was a good book, so I wanted to help share the word about it. So if you haven’t read it already, I highly suggest you to pick up a copy somewhere and do so!
Thanks for reading!