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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patrick Bredlau  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1955 in Oak Lawn, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bredlau was born in Oak Lawn, and has lived in Oak Lawn, Lockport, Tinley Park and currently lives in Orland Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patrick Bredlau graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business and received his graduate degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus. For 38 years he lived in the south suburbs of Chicago while working as a Federal bank examiner at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank, Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, Office of Thrift Supervision and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He retired in 2013. Being an avid hiker, he hiked the entire 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail in 6 months in 2014 and wrote the book - ''The Green Tunnel: A Hiker's Appalachian Trail Diary '' which was published in 2015. Several pictures taken while hiking on the Appalachian Trail are currently on display at the Illinois State Museum, Lockport, Illinois gallery.

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Titles At Your Library

The Green Tunnel, A Hiker's Appalachian Trail Diary
ISBN: 1621377997 Publishing. 2016

"The Green Tunnel, A Hiker's Appalachian Trail Diary" is the true-life story of a retiree's joys, challenges, and physical rigors while thru-hiking the entire 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one great epic walk. The book's title refers to the nickname, Green Tunnel, given by hikers for deeply-shaded trail sections that cut through dark and densely-wooded forests. All too often, tree canopies block out all sunlight or views of the sky, sometimes for hundreds of miles. Readers follow RW as he walks north, starting out from the cold winter mountains of Georgia, until he finally reaches Maine during the height of New England fall colors. Along the way, readers encounter a fugitive from the FBI, internationally-known backpackers, the homeless, plus many other hikers seeking adventure or redemption. Trail angels often come to the rescue. Journal entries are frequently peppered with humorous and historical anecdotes, along with colorful descriptions of the swiftly changing scenery and seasons. Readers will also find a good deal of useful backpacking information, from the many firsthand tips and advice on equipment, food, trail culture, lodging, and the hazards of wilderness hiking. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Patrick Bredlau (Trail name: RW) has lived most of his life in the flat lands of Illinois. His life-long enthusiasm for the outdoors was fostered by the Boy Scouts of America during his childhood, and later as a Boy Scout leader on many hiking and backpacking trips. His favorite sports are backpacking, fishing, and sailing. His passion for backpacking led him to hike some of the most spectacular natural locations in the United States and Canada, including the Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and Banff National Park. As a sailboat racer, he has participated in the prestigious Chicago to Mackinac Island race, as well as other races on Lake Michigan. After a long and successful 38-year career as a federal bank examiner and instructor, Patrick retired in 2013 to spend more time with his family and enjoy the outdoors. His first major adventure after retirement was to successfully thru-hike the entire 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2014.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author regularly speaks to churches, libraries, outdoor clubs, and community groups about the culture of long-distance hiking and spiritual benefits of pilgrimage. The presentations sprinkle stories of adventure, hardship, and the spirit of generosity that is so much an American virtue. These presentations are customized to the audience and last between 60 and 90 minutes depending on audience participation. His charges are set to cover costs and 25% of the royalties are donated back to the hosting charity.