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A behind-the-scenes edition of 2,000 Miles Together, offering over four hours of bonus content featuring interviews and insights by the Crawford family. Not available in other formats.

As his six children slept on the dirty floor of a women’s restroom while a blizzard howled outside, Ben Crawford had one thought: Have I gone too far? The next morning, Child Protective Services, along with an armed sheriff, arrived to ask the same question.

2,000 Miles Together is the story of the largest family ever to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, defying skeptics and finding friends in the unlikeliest of places. On the trail, Ben Crawford battled not only the many dangers and obstacles presented by the wilderness - snowstorms, record-breaking heat, Lyme disease, overflowing rivers, toothaches, rattlesnakes, forest fires, and spending the night with a cult - but also his own self-doubt. In an effort to bring his family closer together, was he jeopardizing his future relationship with his kids? When the hike was done, would any of them speak to him again?

The Crawford family’s self-discovery over five months, thousands of miles, and countless gummy bears proves that there’s more than one way to experience life to the fullest. You don’t have to accept the story you’ve been shown. By leaving home, you’ll find more than just adventure - you’ll find a new perspective on the relationships we often take for granted, and open yourself up to a level of connection you never thought possible.

©2020 Ben Crawford (P)2021 Ben Crawford

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amazing!!!

Wow! Just wow!! This family is such an inspiration! Read this book!! I think if every American family put safety second our world would be a different (better) place!!

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Had high hopes

This book started so good, but I lost interest fast. I was hoping to read an Appalachian Trail memoir, but what I got was a memoir that could have taken place anywhere. Occasionally the State that they were in was mentioned but that was about it as far as being able to follow them along the trail. Absolutley no description of what they saw on the trail. The post chapter discussions were a great idea, but the kid's constant use of the word "like" made them completely unlistenable. In 1 short 2 minute discussion I counted 62 "likes". I started skipping them after the first few chapters. Such a shame because this could have been a much better book.

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What a great story!

I loved the commentary on each chapter. And now I want to go hike. Part nail-biter, part family story, complete enjoyment.

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Download now!!!

Fantastic!!! You will be hard pressed to find a more compelling story about the AT. Thank you for your authentic and vulnerable glimpse into your journey. The added behind the scenes commentary was a plus. Can’t wait for your next adventure.

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If you like trail stories, this is the one to read!

Trail narratives aren’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy vicariously following a thru-hike, this is the one to read!
The day-to-day story, the meat of the book) is intriguing and easy to follow. I couldn’t stop listening. They encountered a number of online haters as they vlogged during their hike. The internal commentary that Ben provides, noting the struggles and frustration associated with the public aspect of their experience, is relatable to anyone who struggles with what to say on the web, and even to anyone who is a parent.
The reader does not need to think just like the Crawfords in order to appreciate the humanity of their experience. They accomplished something truly remarkable and this book is a wonderful tribute to their accomplishment.

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It transported me to the trail

The book was able to go significantly deeper than the YouTube documentary that Ben and the family created. I appreciated the kids reading their journal entries. I also wish the kids were able to read the chapters. The documentary and the book inspired me to want to embark on my own journey on the trail.

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A wonderful adventure and story!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this amazing family’s account of their love for adventure and togetherness despite all the odds and critics. Told by anyone else other than Ben would have really done this book a disservice. Thank you for the inspiration.

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A Story of a Family’s Journey

Whether in life or on the trail, we all have a story that comes with the journey. This story is not just about the trail, not just about the adventure but about a family‘s journey with each other. You’ll hear about the inner journey of each member of the family. Although “dad” is the primary storyteller, you’ll hear the experiences and voices of each family member.

You’ll also hear from both fans and critics, as Crawford reads the online comments during the family’s hike. Those trail angels and trail family members they actually met are a big part of the story too.

I really enjoyed hearing from the whole family, their story and in their voices. You don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy the book. And if you’re like me, didn’t have any knowledge of their AT experience or YouTube channel before the book, you’ll still enjoy their story.

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Hike your own hike!

A truly inspiring story, brilliantly written and narrated in a personal, sincere and emotional way that makes it impossible not to feel a special connection to the characters. I laughed, cried, suffered and rejoiced along with the Crawfords as they hiked the entire 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Additional “behind the scenes” commentary you get with an audiobook makes it even more poignant and true. The Crawford Family journey of self-discovery is a lesson in how to nurture the thing we all need and want the most - true intimacy.

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Great book Crawford family

I watched you before the hike during the hike and currently. I love the book. It’s a treat to actually hear y’all’s thought while on the trail. I will in the AT class of 2022.

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  • 02-22-21

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really enjoyed this book, voices, a.d experiences of this family especially as children are kept more as pets rather than learning g how to deal with life as they grow.
many times as generousity was offered I felt choked with shared emotions.
Occasionally when I felt Father's ego was overlapping the family, it was endearing to hear his own reflection and checking himself.
finally that's the best education for each of us, learning about ourselves! I feel ready so connected to the Crawforfds!

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this book had me locked in!!! for the entire book. Ben's mistakes as a parent were my mistakes. I could see them so clearly in my own life. being a keen trail runner and a loving father, this book had everything and a whole lot more. thank you.

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