Author Don Defreeze

Author About Excihiking

“Of all the paths you walk in life, let at least one be Appalachian”

The Appalachian Mountains are a unique, ancient and famous mountain range that reads like a book. Geologically, it interns more than a billion years of Earth history.   I challenge every living individual to journey into Appalachian wilderness and savor the root of its terrestrial existence. The experience will inspire feelings of something beyond our ephemeral lives and artificial surroundings, and a hike along the acclaimed Appalachian Trail creates the perfect interface to ply its eternal appeal.  However, before you leap out of your arm chair to fulfill such aspirations, I implore you to ponder the gravity of such an adventurous undertaking. My Please Read books describe the hardships a hike into Appalachian country demands and highlight the priceless emancipation the adventure brings.

It’s impossible, through language, to infuse exacrly what a hike down an Appalachian trail generates in physical stress or anguish as well as the immense personal freedom a hike can produce.  Yet, trying to express the value of such an experience is too important to dismiss; the Please Read book trilogy project was born out of an attempt to explain.  The three book series intricately fleshs-out the step-by-step hike of a 2 day Appalachian Trail journey which culminates Don Defreeze’s lifelong quest to define the fundamentals of existence.  Through Don’s mind, experience what a deep wilderness journey entails & imparts. Sense the mental transition that occurs when vast wilderness devours anxieties while causing their importance to thaw and fade; feel the gnawing fatigue that can only be felt by grinding out each step of an arduous hike; endure each phase of the slog to reach the physical goal, and then bask in inspirational triumph in a truly universal understanding peaked by ultimate Appalachian isolation, solitude and seclusion.  In the end, flourish in an awareness normally reserved for those placed on a pious pedestal of authority in our compartmentalized world- The definition of reality belongs to everyone.

Seeking the facts that drive existence and define reality has always been a central issue of mine. While growing up on Long Island, N.Y., I studied the sciences and their careful observation and logical deduction to explain the universe in which we all live, while I remained open to all viewpoints that care to define what this quandary we find ourselves is.  After graduating SUNY College at Oneonta, I embarked on an employment and social extravaganza, including job settings from corporate to construction and taxi service, which previewed a gamut of ways to perceive the world. Further education at Roanoke College & VA Western CC added to my uncountable host of interactions within a wide variety of humanity, pointing to one thing that all have in common- we’re all lone individuals facing eventual disappearance.  I argue that a connection beyond our tangible realm is best enabled when far from the interactive noise of our homes and cities, a conclusion drawn fromk decades of wilderness backpacking. The clues rendering the truth are out there-  Do you have the fortitude to face them?  I offer Please Read.

*Get a signed copy of Please Read by purchasing it through our store. The second installment of the trilogy, Please Read On, will soon be available. Get started on the hike!

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