A Wildly Successful 200-Mile Hike

What Others are Saying

JR (Model T) Tate, author of Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery

In his book, "A Wildly Successful 200-Mile Hike," Rick Allnutt, MD, tackles several of those annoying problems that seem to plague long distance hikers, whether they be novices or seasoned mud-sloggers.  Rick (known in hiker circles as "Risk") takes on the "Big Four", those nasty critters that can end a hike lickity-split.  Using his medical savvy, Risk gives the reader a quick course in Outdoors 101, providing "fixes" to common hiker maladies, as well as a healthy dose of grass roots philosophy that will keep your boots duct-taped to the trail.  A helpful book well worth the reader's time.  "What are the 'Big Four'," you ask?  Read the book!

Marta Clark, hiker

Rick's book is terrific! It's going to be on my short list of "things to give hikers for birthdays and holidays."

Ed Speer, Owner Speer Hammocks and successful Thru-Hiker

I really like the way you jump right in discussing things close to the heart of long-distance hikers; namely, blisters, chaffing, knees and pack weight!  The book is a good example of what to expect on the trail and offers those hiker want-to-be's out there much to consider in prep for their own hikes.  I would recommend this book to anyone planning their first long hike on any trail.

Coy Starnes, Alabama

The last chapter of the book ties everything together.  How a light pack helps with blisters and the knees.  How attitude can make or break a hike. How a light pack, though not the total answer, makes everything easier.  How "walking well" is making the most of an opportunity.

George Griffin, London England

Rick`s Weight
My Weight

Hammock 2.0 lb (900 g)
Tent 4.4 lb (2000 g)

Quilt 1.5 lb (450 g)
Sleeping bag 3.0 lb (1400 g)

Cooking 0.5 lb (227 g)
Cooking 1.5 lb (450 g)

Pack 0.5 lb (227 g)
Pack 1.6 lb (790 g)

Total 4.5 lb (2041 g)
Total 10.5 lb (4760 g)

The above table gives a good indication of how the big four can make a huge
difference on pack weight, even with just these four items I`m 6 lb (2.7 kg)
heavier. Although my weights are a lot lighter than a few years ago; my old
pack was 4 lb (1.8 kg), tent 6.6 lb (3 kg).

Shane Steinkamp, 10,000 mile hiker (About the audio version)

[Why buy the audio version?] Because you get to listen to the man himself reading it as it was written in his head. The inflections, tones, and tense are interesting. Rick's voice is very soothing to me. Not to mention the beautiful transitional music Rick inserts.

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Wayah Press is owned and operated by Rick Allnutt, MD, a physician researcher and long distance hiker. His non-commercial hiking web pages are linked below.

Risk's Ultralite Hiking Page