Jeff Alt inspires and entertains audiences with his highly
acclaimed “Life Lessons from the Trail.”


Jeff Alt inspires and entertains audiences with his highly acclaimed “Life Lessons from the Trail.” His adventures & books have been featured on ESPN, CNN-Radio, Hallmark Channel, USA Radio Network, in Backpacker Magazine, the LA Times, the AP, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The USA Today, and many more! Alt’s book, A Walk for Sunshine, won the GOLD in the Book of the Year Awards and first place in the National Best Books Awards.
Alt’s book, Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, won the Bronze in the Indie Fab Awards and the Living Now Book Awards. He has now created a new youth national park series, The Adventures of Bubba Jones and the second book in the series just released; and just in, The Adventures of Bubba Jones books are award-winning finalists in the “Best Book” awards by USA Book News.
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Jeff Alt’s highly acclaimed Life Lessons from the Trail keynote, his popular family hiking seminars, and his new youth National Park book series, The Adventures of Bubba Jones, all resonate around how essential it is for us to explore, learn and maintain our health by escaping to the natural, great outdoors.

Jeff Alt donates a percentage of A Walk for Sunshine books sales and  ‘Life Lessons from the Appalachian Trail’ speaking fees to Sunshine.



Jeff Alt is a talented speaker, hiking and camping expert, and an award-winning author.  His books include: A Walk for Sunshine (an Appalachian Trail memoir), Four Boots One Journey (a John Muir Trail memoir), GJeff Alt Bio. Photoet Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, and his new National Park youth book series, The Adventures of Bubba Jones. Alt’s adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: Discoverychannel.com, ESPN’s Inside America’s National Parks, Hallmark Channel, CNN-Radio, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, LA Times, USA Today, Backpacker Magazine, Fitness RX for Men, Woman’s Health, the AP, the Chicago Sun Times, Scholastic Parent & Child, and many more.  Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has shared his Appalachian Trail adventures with guests in Shenandoah National Park for over fifteen years as well as many other venues. Alt holds a master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and a degree from the University of Toledo. He continues to host the annual Sunshine Walk, 5k Run and Roll inspired from his Appalachian Trail journey. Alt has been hiking since his youth. He has walked the entire 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter along the coast of Ireland on a family hike. His son was on the Appalachian Trail at 6 weeks of age.

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“Jeff’s keynote had a room of hard to please professionals laughing, crying, and inspired. A great presentation.”
-Convention Chair, Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association

Book Jeff Alt for his “Life Lessons from the Trail” keynote or one of his other seminars and ad some adventure to your next event. News keeps breaking with new research from leading scientists and universities that have found that escaping to the woods on a hike is not only physically and mentally healthy and a great way to destress, but it’s also being associated with enhanced creativity; something Jeff Alt already knew from his life-long experiences on the trail including an Appalachian Trail journey from Georgia to Maine, a trek across the California John Muir Trail with his wife, a family journey across Ireland shouldering his 21-month old daughter, and over 20 years of exploring wilderness areas around the country. Jeff shares his lessons from the trail with groups, conferences, parks, retreats, churches, corporations and schools to themes such as goal setting, surviving with the bare essentials, taking risks, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, how to enjoy the outdoors, and making a difference. Jeff offers a menu of speaking topics.


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1. Life Lessons From the Trail

Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his highly acclaimed Appalachian Trail adventure, over 2,000 miles, from Georgia to Maine. As you walk along with Jeff, you encounter bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, hilarious food cravings and lots of life lessons. You will enjoy learning that this adventure was for a noble cause. Jeff dedicated his journey to his brother who has cerebral palsy which inspired an annual fundraiser that has raised almost a half of a million dollars for the disabled.

Jeff Alt’s award-winning book, A Walk for Sunshine, chronicles his expedition and is available at a group discount when copies are pre-purchased along with his keynote.

Jeff Alt donates a percentage of A Walk for Sunshine books sales and  ‘Life Lessons from the Appalachian Trail’ speaking fees to Sunshine.

“What a wonderful way to begin our Conference! Jeff spoke to the members of the Ohio Division, International Association of Administrative Professionals, about his “Lessons Learned from the Trail” at our annual conference held….He received rave reviews for his energetic and inspiring seminar. He was a true motivator for our attendees to set a goal, take risks, and enjoy the rewards!”
-Rosemary Deitzer, CAP,Ohio Division Annual Meeting Executive Committee.

“…Your presentation provided valuable insight and information and will be useful for our attendees as they move forward following the conference…thank you for being such an important part of our event!”
-2014 Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management (WIRM) Conference Planning Committee

2. Get Your Kids Hiking Seminar

Jeff Alt provides “hiking with children” seminars including planning, safety, gear, clothing, training, and how to make it fun for the kids.  The simple yet profound impact of the great outdoors provides a positive outlet for a child’s healthy development.  Researchers continue to report that exposure to nature is good for child development. With video games replacing the backyard, it’s more important than ever to introduce children to the outdoors as young as possible.  This seminar will provide you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to plan a hiking/walking and/or camping outing with children.

“…wonderful presentation, you inspired young parents to begin hiking or hike more often…participants especially found the equipment review and hiking tips very helpful…Seminar Participants truly benefited from the information provided them…”
-Regina Cardwell, Park Ranger Education Office Coordinator, Resource Seminars, Shenandoah National Park

3. School and Library Programs

Jeff Alt customizes presentations for the k-12 and higher education setting.  His National Park children’s books series, The Adventures of Bubba Jones, ties into many areas of the elementary curriculum and his Life Lessons from the Trail fits is a great fit for older grades and higher education events. Jeff  entertains and inspires with his dynamic, high-energy, multimedia presentation, as he combines humor, adventure, and life-changing experiences.

Book Jeff Alt as a speaker and make your event a complete success. e-mail Jeff direct:

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