Imagine living in the woods for five or six months.

No job, no worries.

Now imagine being thrust back into the 'real' world to try and rebuild your life. Forced to get a job and find a place to live.

This is the reality faced by many Appalachian Trail thru hikers upon summiting Mount Katahdin.

What do you do when you no longer have to hike every day?

In 2011 Chris "Cleanshave" Miller had finished his Appalachian Trail thru hike and returned to his hometown. Without an apartment, with very little in the way of savings he quickly found that some of the most difficult hurdles faced by a thru hiker aren't always on the trail.

Sometimes it's readjusting to the world you left behind.

After Katahdin is now Free to Read on PDF.


"This book is a great diary of the hangover one can get after a life changing experience. I recommend it for those of you who, once in a while, escape the soul-numbing effect of being a worker bee and fly out of the hive. The author is a sojourner who seeks meaning outside the humdrum of "ya work, ya pay bills, ya work, ya pay bills....ya die". Personally, my favorite parts of this book are his dreams. I am a psychoanalyst at heart after all. One's dreams can be far more illuminating or interesting than one's reality." - J. Holland

Cleanshave's Notes:

After Katahdin is a short book about life after a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail and how I had problems adjusting to so-called "normal" life. An intimate look at my post thru hike depression.

It was not the best of times.

And since many people decided to complain about the book, after receiving it for free, I quickly withdrew it from publication.