Three Hundred Zeroes

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A promise to his brother haunted him for over forty years. Finally, Blanchard set out on the Appalachian Trail with his brother's Purple Heart Medal to fulfill that promise. He learned that the wilderness and solitude can reconnect one with a Norman Rockwell America that at times seems long lost and forgotten. This humorous story demonstrates that adventure truly begins in the heart. More

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About Dennis Blanchard

I was born in Bristol, Connecticut. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force I moved to New Hampshire with my wife, Jane. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, there was always the seductive siren's call to hike it. In 2007 I set out to hike the whole trail, but had to interrupt the hike for a six-artery heart bypass operation after 600 miles. I took three hundred days to recover and in 2008 went back and finished all 2,176 miles (3500 km) of the trail. This resulted in my first book, THREE HUNDRED ZEROES.
To support my hiking habit I've spent most of my life working as an electrical engineer. I'm an avid ham radio enthusiast and have authored numerous pieces for magazines such as the amateur radio journal, QST and other technical magazines, as well as motorcycle adventure articles. When not off wandering in the woods I live in Sarasota, Florida.
Watch for the upcoming book: A Few More Zeroes:Lost with the wind and the stars on the Camino de Santiago

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How to make a fire rubbing sticks together.
This video describes how to build a fire rubbing sticks together, a talent I perfected before going off on the Appalachian Trail hike. It is both, a useful take on how to do this and a humorous demonstration of the skill needed. See this author in action!


Rob Locher reviewed on Jan. 29, 2012

This book was just a delight to read. Dennis obviously has a real zest for living and a great sense of humor, and it's a pleasure to hike along with him. I'm so glad I decided to read this!
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)
SunnyWalker reviewed on March 24, 2011

Three Hundred Zeroes is terrifically entertaining and informative about the AT. More info on the trail then many books about thru hiking. It was delightful to also read of the the authors hopes, dream and struggles. the link with his brother was a link to my heart also. Thank you for this wonderful book on the AT. Awesome was the authors return to the AT following open heart surgery! This was a personal note I watched as I read as I am 58. Take care and I hope we have another book coming from this author on hiking.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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