“Trail Magic” book being published !!


To all readers and fans of Joe Liles’ Appalachian Trail Hike:

I’m incredibly excited to announce the completion of TRAIL MAGIC, the paperback version of Joe’s/Braid’s reports from the trail. Its taken longer than expected, but I have a copy of the book in my hands here and it turned out beautifully. It contains 196 pages filled with all of Joe’s trail reports, related maps, and over 75 color photos personally selected by Joe to accompany his writing.


The cost of the book will be $25, and 100 copies will be available for sale directly by Joe at the NCSSM Alumni Weekend on October 15th when Joe will be doing a presentation about his hike. Joe will also be autographing each copy! Soon after that it will become available at Amazon.com (for $30 due to online overhead costs) and hopefully a few other vendors and I’m sure Joe will continue to have a boxful on hand to sell.

And if that wasn’t awesome enough, Joe has stated that ALL PROFITS from the sale of TRAIL MAGIC will be split between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and a fund at NCSSM!!

So come out on October 15th at 3pm on the NCSSM campus to hear Joe speak and be the first to buy a copy of TRAIL MAGIC and support 2 great institutions!

2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 5 minutes


I thought Joe and everyone else would enjoy this movie I discovered online today. Its an idea I had suggested to Joe but was just too difficult to pull off considering the fantastic storytelling blog he wrote instead.

A six month journey along the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, condensed and reinterpreted into five minutes of stop-motion

Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo.

Joe Liles’ “Walk Of A Lifetime” from The Today Show

Post-Trail Report

Joe Liles’ “Walk Of A Lifetime” from The Today Show
At 59, a retired art teacher fulfills his dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Story and Video

Joe on “THE TODAY SHOW” Nov 10th


Dear friends,

A new development has come into my life that I wanted to share with you. I am going to be on the Today Show on Wednesday, November 10! I will be the guest on a short taped segment called “Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley,” airing between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. I’ve been told that the chances are good it will be aired in a tighter window of time between 8:30 and 8:45, but live TV can be tricky. They have already changed the date once on me. “Your Life Calling” is sponsored by AARP and features people older than 50 who are re-inventing their lives. Hiking the Appalachian Trail certainly did this for me! After the show airs, a longer version will be posted on the AARP website, www.aarp.org. Additionally, at noon on November 10, I will be joining Jane Pauley and a representative of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for a “Live Chat” on www.aarp.org/jane. You can log into this website and join in the on-line conversation if you like. Everybody wants to know how the Today Show found out about me. It was through one of my former students at my old school, NCSSM, that it all happened. I hope you are able to catch the show and join me for the chat on the internet.

All my best,

Braid, AKA Joe Liles

New website for Joe Liles’ art


Joe, with the help of his son, has created a new website for his artwork.

Check it out at http://www.joeliles.com/