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The Unwomanly Face of War

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Truthdig Trek

Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail
June 27 – July 1, 2013

Appalachian Mountain Club

Join the guides

Chris Hedges Truthdig columnist and best-selling author.


Thomas Hedges Certified trip leader and journalist at the Center
for Study of Responsive Law.


Zuade Kaufman Truthdig
co-founder and publisher.


Required Readings

There will be daily one-hour discussions based on some of Chris Hedges' best-selling books:

"Death of the Liberal Class"
"Empire of Illusion"
"Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt"

Join our five-day backpacking trip and lecture tour June 27 - July 1.

The Trip

This life-changing journey will span five days and four nights.

Participants will sleep in huts in bunk beds. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the huts.

Although endurance is important, remember that you will also need bursts of energy to scramble over loose rocks and boulders, especially when coupled with strong winds and potential rain. There will be two certified Wilderness First Responders on the trip.

Join Truthdig for our five-day backpacking trip and lecture tour through the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The trek is a unique opportunity to meet Chris Hedges and discuss in person some of his most respected books while experiencing a guided journey through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

The rigorous hikes through some of the best scenery on the East Coast will include daily one-hour discussions based on three of Chris Hedges' best-selling works and a climb to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard.

Don't miss Chris Hedges' Truthdig column "Freedom in the Grace of the World," which was inspired by the Appalachian Trail.

To view video and photos from the 2012 Truthdig Retreat in Santa Fe, click here.


Testimonials from the Inaugural Trek

"On the whole, can't imagine having done this with a better bunch of people—hardy souls one and all. As good a time as I've had in years. Would do it again in a heartbeat."

—Mark A. Givler

"The value of the trek to me personally is quite serious. War may be a force that gives us meaning, but war also fucks up many of the participants."

—Paul Appell


"Thank you again for the wonderful experience on the hike. It was both exhilarating and therapeutic. I'd do it again without question."

—Rick Sullivan

"The trek was undeniably one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. The scenery was unmatched in its beauty, and the overall adventure of backpacking proved to be unlike anything I could have imagined."

—Kayla Rivara

"What a wonderful experience! I feel I've grown as a human being. I believe we have the beginnings of some real friendships and not just comradeship, and hope to see many of you again."

—Kathleen Hacker

If you can't participate in the trek this time, consider pitching in to support us in bringing the work of authors like Chris Hedges to you every day.



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