Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

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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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.