Author: Jim Rea
Release Date: 2017-04-12
After retirement, Jim Rea became determined to take on and complete a major challenge. He set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, his first try at a long hike. He hiked several weeks each summer for seven years, mostly solo. He was rescued only once. He needed to resupply each week, so Zhita, his wife, decided to be his support team. Driving to locate remote meeting places brought her adventures of her own.
Author: Donald Reavis
Release Date: 2015-10-24
The book is a story of a Father and son's 2660 mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. For five months they battled the elements as they walked across California, Oregon, and Washington. The end of their journey was one of emotional upheaval as they reenter civilization.
Author: Gail Francis
Release Date: 2017-08-15
Just before her 40th birthday, Gail Francis quit her perfectly good job and set out to hike one of the great trails of the world. Carrying everything she needed on her back, Francis spent five months walking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way, she lost her pack scrambling over scree in the desert, struggled to navigate high mountain passes, and wore the soles off her boots trekking across lava fields¿all within some of the most pristine wilderness in the nation. Though she set out alone, her story includes an eclectic cast of characters. From the man walking the entire 2,700 miles in a series of twenty-six wedding dresses, to the woman making the journey in the company of her pet mouse, Francis learned to count on her fellow hikers for entertainment as well as a few important life lessons. Bliss(ters) offers readers a view of our country rarely seen: that of a person taking it one step at a time.
Mud and Bug both love the same thing: hiking. Certain that this passion can transcend the complications of their relationship, they set off on a journey to walk from Canada to Mexico, 2,660 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Together, they brave snow-covered slopes in the Cascades of Washington, walk through lava fields in Oregon, navigate a smoky haze of wildfire in Northern California, climb eleven thousand foot mountain passes in the High Sierra and revel in the desolate beauty of the Mojave desert in fall. Shortly into the trek, they find that navigating their changing relationship is just as hard as navigating the wilderness. There's no doubt that each will complete the journey, but will they finish together?
Author: M. J. Eberhart
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Release Date: 2007-04-11
M. J. Eberhart, aka the Nimblewill Nomad, was a 60-year-old retired doctor in January 1998 when he set off on a foot journey that carried him 4,400 miles (twice the length of the Appalachian Trail) from the Florida Keys to the far north of Quebec. Written in a vivid journal style, the author unabashedly recounts the good (friendships with other hikers he met), the bad (sore legs, cutting winds and rain), and the godawful (those dispiriting doubts) aspects of his days of walking along what has since become known as the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT). An amazing tale of self-discovery and insight into the magic that reverberates from intense physical exertion and a high goal, Eberhart's is the only written account of a thru-hike along the ECT. Covering 16 states and 2 Canadian provinces, Ten Million Steps deftly mixes practical considerations of an almost unimaginable undertaking with the author's trademark humor and philosophical musings.
Discover the highs and lows of backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail through daily journal entries and beautiful photos. Witness the contrast of landscapes from stark deserts to the majestic Sierra Nevada. Feel the struggle of hunger and the pain of injury. Meet trail angels and stumble upon trail magic in this detailed chronicle, this step-by-step narrative of life on the trail. Jill and Arthur walked from the Mexican border to the Canadian border in 2015, documenting their 2,650 mile journey through California, Oregon, and Washington. They invite you to share in their adventure and experience part of the world as it is rarely seen.
Teetering awkwardly on the brink of insanity, unable to handle life in snowy, cold, ultra-conservative North Idaho, Carl and Erin sold their house and set out in search of a new place to call home. Suddenly finding themselves completely free of responsibilities, jobless, and with a little spare cash in the bank, it didn't take long before their serious search for a new life took some unexpected twists and turns. "What do you think we should do when we return to the States?" Erin asked Carl, as they sat outside a tiny cafe sipping coffee. It was a question that had been plaguing her for weeks as they budget travelled across South East Asia in an attempt to avoid winter (and reality). "I've been thinking about it, and I think we should thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail." Was Carl's totally unexpected reply. Spend months on end traipsing through the wilderness, petting bunnies and chasing rainbows, as they hiked 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada? How could Erin possibly say no? Life Rule #1: Never, ever, turn down an adventure. Friends wagered they wouldn't last a week, but before they knew it, days turned into months as they made their way across America at three miles an hour. As Carl and Erin morphed into Bearclaw and Hummingbird, they found that being hikertrash suited them. Though they will both admit the trail was life altering, there were no great epiphanies, no magic answers to all of life's burning questions, no "ah-ha " moments when suddenly life made sense. This is not a tale of personal growth. Through blisters and shin splints, jaw-dropping landscapes and craptastically unspectacular forests, searing heat and pouring rain, complete hilarity and utter exhaustion, this is the story of what day-to-day life is really like on one of America's greatest trails. As told through Hummingbird's journal entries, this is the story of life on the trail - the people you meet, the things you see, and how, mile by mile, you eventually become Hikertrash. Includes: 6 Overview Maps to Follow our Journey 19 Black & White Photos of Sights Along the Trail Leave No Trace Tips Our Gear Lists Our Trail Recipes What Is Hikertrash? Hikertrash: a long distance hiker, shabby and homeless in appearance, rarely bathed and rank in odor, more at home outdoors than in society, with a deep reverence and respect for all things wild.
In thirty-six thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. In prose that’s alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand-Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin’s forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long-ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far-flung small towns. Follow along as she worries about wildlife encounters, wonders if her injured feet will ever recover, and searches for an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear. Woven throughout her account are details of the history of the still-developing Ice Age Trail—one of just eleven National Scenic Trails—and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru-hike. In addition to chronicling McManus’s hike, Thousand-Miler also includes the little-told story of the Ice Age Trail’s first-ever thru-hiker Jim Staudacher, an account of the record-breaking thru-run of ultrarunner Jason Dorgan, the experiences of a young combat veteran who embarked on her thru-hike as a way to ease back into civilian life, and other fascinating tales from the trail. Their collective experiences shed light on the motivations of thru-hikers and the different ways hikers accomplish this impressive feat, providing an entertaining and informative read for outdoors enthusiasts of all levels.
When Linda Bakkar lost her husband of forty-eight years, she had no idea how to move on. Her experiences on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) taught her how to live through her grief. She just had to take it one step at a time. This poignant memoir of love and loss details Bakkar's search for meaning and closure on the trail. Bakkar had already hiked the PCT in 2012, but when her husband, Adnan, died in 2014, she returned to the place that had captivated her. "Blue Butterfly," as she was called on the trail, wasn't completely prepared for the emotional highs and lows of her trek. As she ventured deeper into the wilderness, she was flooded with feelings of regret and sorrow. Bakkar knew that Adnan would not want her to lose herself in grief. Instead, Bakkar honors her husband's memory by detailing the lessons he taught her about joy, compassion, and hope. On a journey of 1,200 miles, Bakkar learns how to live without her soul mate. Her poignant memoir shares a beautiful love story and celebrates the couple's life together. Bakkar knows that this isn't the end of her adventures. She has to keep moving forward.
Author: K. A. Hrycik
Release Date: 2017-01-31
After her car goes up in flames, Vika Carmichael finds herself stranded in Northern Washington at a Victorian house that hasn't seen upkeep in longer than she's been alive, owned by an eccentric, foul-mouthed artist whose goal of reconstructing the old house is to aid Pacific Crest Trail hikers. The Pacific Crest Trail-or PCT-is a continuous footpath that stretches 2,660 miles from the Mexican border in Southern California to the Canadian border in Northern Washington. In Hold for Hiker Trash, Vika, a recent college graduate, found comfort in her reputation as a "perfect student," but her knowledge of art history is hardly applicable in the foreign culture of long distance hiking or in the reconstruction of a 140-year-old house. Vika is immersed in the company of the backpackers as they join to help Dane, the artist, and his mother, the affectionate Grandma Peach, strip the house before they can build again. Will Vika be able to find common ground with her new hosts and the rugged hikers who visit the house, or will she be left on the outside looking in?
Author: Laurel Gord
Release Date: 2017-05-21
Genre: Conduct of life
"What was I thinking? In that moment of madness, I completely forgot that I'm a total wuss, terrified of heights. In my defense, it doesn't come up much in my city life, although I do need to practice meditative deep breathing on freeway overpasses...."So swept along by the enthusiasm of her usually very predictable husband, a newly retired engineer, Laurel agrees to leave her overly busy life behind, let go of her worries about her grown children, and spend two months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. She hopes the shared adventure will bring added intimacy to her odd-couple marriage and that time in nature will support her spiritual growth, or at least help her talk some sense into her rampaging inner critic. Despite paralyzing fear, sickness, injury, and hail, the majestic grandeur of the High Sierra did work some kind of miracle.
We needed some adventure - in our adventure! Only vaguely aware long distance hiking trails crisscrossed the country, a chance meeting led to Jeff's discovery of the Appalachian Trail. Who could have ever guessed that during his journey, "Loner," as he's become known in hiker circles, would be bitten by a dog (and a lobster), happen upon a plane crash, chat with a wanted fugitive, come face-to-face with a black bear, see a ghost, be in a car accident, run completely out of money (twice), spend the night under a jail, lose 80 pounds, and find the girl of his dreams? And all to have the time of his life, feel the kindness of others and ultimately learn, he's not a loner after all. Documenting, for friends and family, his trip on YouTube, thousands more also followed along, vicariously. This story captures the excitement, fun, sadness and danger of a thru-hike with many added details, photos, funny characters and dozens of incidents never before revealed. More than just a memoir, Hiker Tips will inspire future hikers to begin their own ultralight backpacking adventure! (Loner's total pack weight was 13 pounds.) Also, Fun Facts will help readers gain rare insight into a subculture with its own ethics, trail names, history, hostel system, language and folklore. Happy hiking! And don't forget... Find some adventure - in your adventure!
Author: Craig Romano
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
Release Date: 2008-03-11
Genre: Sports & Recreation
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