"I love backpacking! I have over 20 years experience in backpacking at various levels and through a wide variety of terrain including desert, forest, and altitude in all weather conditions. I continually update my training, but have specific training in wilderness first aid and wilderness survival, navigation, and search/rescue; P.O.S.T.-certified (Peace Officer Standards and Training) in lost-persons tracking (or 'mantracking'  in the search and rescue vernacular).  I’ve enjoyed training hundreds of people in the last 7 years in beginning-advanced level backpacking adventures. I've now concluded an 8-month hike coast-to-coast through middle America. I feel that I have greatly advanced my understanding and appreciation of American ecology.  Since I've been back, I continue to explore and have, thanks to John's expertise, recently completed three summits of Colorado's fourteen thousand foot mountains. More expeditions forthcoming! Lory Mitchell Wingate  lorywingate@yahoo.com

"I  started backpacking as a teenager, going on weekend and overnight trips along the rugged cliffs and canyons of the Brazos River. I loved the adventure and the feeling of freedom and the special challenges they presented. Today, I’m still an avid outdoorsman, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking, anytime I can get away.  One of my goals is to summit all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 ft mountains, having successfully completed 49 to date. I am looking forward to finishing the remainder in the next couple of years. My most recent challenge was to successfully complete a self-supported, long distance, thru-hike across the U.S. on the American Discovery Trail. The trip definitely changed the way I think about backpacking and enhanced my perceptions of the various people and cultures that make up our country. It will no doubt influence how I plan and carry out future trips as well"  John Wingate   jlwingate@yahoo.com

Two Views: Walking Across America

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ISBN: 978-1-4507-5660-0

Follow along as John and Lory hike across America from the Delaware coast to the California coast on the adventure of a lifetime. Eight months, thirteen states, and approximately 3,500 miles following the American Discovery Trail, they experience America in its unfiltered form. Learn about their experiences with people, places, animals and things. Read about the interesting towns and cities they walked through, about the challenging wilderness areas, and about the constant exposure to the weather. Find out what it is like for them to live life outdoors with only tents to call home for almost a year. This is a fantastic adventure story that highlights life in America.

Between the Cities: Essays from a Walk Through America

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ISBN-10: 0615574246
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-57424-0

ISBN-10: 9780615574254
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-57425-7

"In 2008, Lory Wingate embarked on an eight-month, 3,500-mile, 13-state hike across America. In March the expedition began from the shores of Delaware and in November, on the shores of California, the journey concluded. This book captures a series of essays about topics that were most often asked by people interested in the hike. Interspersed with journal entries and personal experiences from the adventure, topics are presented as themes for the reader to explore."


CURRENT EXPERIENCE (between the two of us): 4x4 off-roading, Adventure Race, Archery, Backpacking, Biking Race, Biking/off-road, Biking-road, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Canoe Racing, Caving, Cleanups/preservation, Geocaching, GPS Challenges, Hiking, Horseback riding, Instruction/courses, Kayaking, Laser tag, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Navigation, Orienteering, Paddling Race, Paintball, Paragliding, Rafting, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Ropes Course, Sand Boarding, Scuba Diving, Skeet and Trap, Skiing, Snorkeling, Snowboarding, Swimming, Volleyball, Wave Runners, White Water.

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