The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2189-mile long mountain trail with a cumulative elevation gain of 464500 feet. It runs through an impressive wealth of woodland, crossing great forests and National Parks of the United States. In the past, these territories belonged to Indian Nations, such as the Cherokees, Delawares, Catawbas and Abenakies, and then became the Thirteen British Colonies before giving birth to the United States of America. The route runs across fourteen states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. This means that the hikers have to walk and live in the forest for a long time, almost like another animal. Our hiker spent one hundred and forty-two consecutive days on the trail, to become the first Thru-Hiker from Spain to finish the trail alone, and without any back-up support. A truly extraordinary experience.
The author of this book finished the route under the trailname «Basajaun», which in the Basque mythology belongs to a character who dwells in the woods, half human, half beast.