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Summary

One man’s remarkable challenge. More than 2,000 miles of unforgiving wilderness. Can he escape the mundane to become a thru-hiker?

Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors magazine.

Keith Foskett’s dream of escape started with a single step. When the long-distance hiker chose to backpack all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail, he left ordinary life behind for five months. Enduring an incredible test of physical and psychological strength, Foskett was pushed to his limits....

Accompanied by an array of eclectic characters - including a drug dealer, a world-champion juggler, and a sex-starved Minnesotan - he weaves a route through some of America's wildest landscapes and history and writes with insight, humor, and reflection. Attempting to keep his English sense of humor alive amid the bumps and bruises, can Foskett survive his journey of self-discovery to emerge victorious?

Shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine’s Outdoor Book of the Year, Foskett’s novel-like tale is as entertaining as it is insightful. Venture beyond the journal-entry style of most outdoor books and join the humorous hike of a lifetime.

Balancing on Blue is a superb stand-alone travel memoir. If you like living outside the box, escaping into the wild, and journeying deep into the unknown, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s courageous trek.

Discover how this wilderness escape can change you, too.

©2016 Mr Keith Foskett (P)2020 Mr Keith Foskett

Critic reviews

"A highly anticipated Appalachian Trail memoir, and well worth the wait." (Daniel Neilson, The Great Outdoors Magazine)

"With thru-hiking gaining in popularity, many look to the Appalachian Trail to test out their trail legs, and discover why it holds the reputation it does. The wilds of this planet are serene, peaceful and offer the chance to break away from a normal existence. Keith’s wonderful perspective of the trail reflects this freedom." (Jennifer Pharr Davis, author and previous record holder for the fastest ever thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail).

"An entertaining and inspiring account of one of the world’s longest walks and the people who walk it. Keith is a perfect walking companion for the ups and downs of the trail – his easy and understated style kept me turning the pages. Essential reading for those contemplating their own big adventure." (David Lintern, Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine)

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Another amazing adventure loved it thought that you were there on the trail couldn't stop listening to it what great adventures

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  • 29-01-21

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Disappointed as I enjoyed his book about his PCT thru hike. I didn't even finish it.

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  • Elizabeth Parsons
  • 22-02-21

Great AT thru-hiker account

I really enjoyed the book as an audible--enough so that I will buy a written copy. Very well told and engaging!

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  • Jim Lewis
  • 20-02-21

Another great adventure!

I'm planning a section hike of the AT soon and found this to be a great story - just like his others.