Thru-hiking Will Break Your Heart

An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Carrot Quinn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781511740555
Category: Hiking
Page: 370
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Carrot Quinn fears that she's become addicted to the internet. The city makes her feel numb, and she's having trouble connecting with others. In a desperate move she breaks away from everything to walk 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be her first long-distance hike.In the desert of Southern California Carrot faces many challenges, both physical and emotional: pain, injury, blisters, aching cold and searing heat, dehydration, exhaustion, loneliness. In the wilderness she happens upon and becomes close with an eclectic group of strangers- people she wouldn't have chanced to meet in the "regular world" but who are brought together, here on the trail, by their one common goal: make it to Canada before the snow flies.

The Journey in Between

Author: Keith Foskett
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781480176393
Category: Travel
Page: 253
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Sometimes, the best adventures happen by chance. Occasionally, we receive answers to questions we didn't ask. El Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way, is the fabled path that weaves through French and Spanish countryside for 1,000 miles to its hallowed destination at Santiago de Compostella. Thousands attempt to hike its entirety each year: some succeed, many fail. Keith Foskett found himself at a crossroads, sensing his life was about to change. But, until a chance meeting with a stranger in a Greek bar, he didn't know which path to take. A week later, he found himself at the start of El Camino, and began a journey that would change him. Along the way he made friends with fellow pilgrims from all over the world, all travelling for their own different reasons. From the pain of blisters and extremes of temperature to encountering kleptomaniacs, fake faith healers and being threatened with arrest in Spain for 'not sleeping', his hike was far from normal. This is the story of one man's walk, but it speaks to all who see life itself as a journey and are alive to the revelations that an escape to nature can bring. Written with insight, observation and a healthy dose of humour. As this book shows, it is rarely the start and the finish that count, but the journey in between. Reviews 'A thoroughly entertaining modern take on a well-worn Spanish Trail.' - Spencer Vignes (The Observer). 'Not only does he have astute observations about the people, places and scenery around him, he is adept at translating those observations into words, often making me laugh or nod in understanding. This is a rare talent. Few authors can bring you to this level of understanding of life on the trail.' - Teresa Dicentra Black (Author - 'One Pan Wonders') 'An engaging, vivid and very personal account by a likeable author of a journey and an achievement that readers will find both enviable and inspiring.' -Ingrid Cranfield (Author - 'At Last Michael Reeves') 'Keith Foskett kept me hooked with his journey of adventure and stories of the characters he met along the way. A must read for anyone interested in hiking, travel & adventure.' -Amazon Reviewer

Awol on the Appalachian Trail

Author: David Miller
Publisher: Wingspan Press
ISBN: 1595940561
Category: Nature
Page: 222
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A 41-year-old engineer quits his job to hike the Appalachian Trail. This is a true account of his hike from Georgia to Maine, bringing to the reader the life of the towns and the people he meets along the way.

Dances with Marmots

A Pacific Crest Trail Adventure
Author: George G. Spearing
Publisher: George Spearing
ISBN: 1411656180
Category: Pacific Crest Trail
Page: 255
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The inspiring account of a 2650 mile solo hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Despite never having hiked before, George Spearing decided to take 'leave of absence' from his job as a firefighter in the New Zealand Fire Service and walk the length of America. This is the story of his five month journey, travelling entirely on foot and off-road through the desert areas and High Sierra Nevada of California, the Cascade ranges of Oregon and Washington, finally emerging in the Okanogan Forest of British Columbia, Canada. The diverse mix of dry Mojave desert, High Sierra snows and the characters and wildlife met along the way, provide an often humorous look at the US and its wilderness through the eyes of a New Zealander. The lively and easily read style, including illustrations, will appeal to both adventurer and armchair adventurer alike.

I Hike

Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking
Author: Lawton Grinter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780985241506
Category: Adventure and adventurers
Page: 204
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“I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade.” And so goes Lawton Grinter’s compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable. Between jobs and in search of something more, Lawton Grinter spent the better part of a decade hiking America’s longest trails. In doing so he came face to face with things that go bump in the night, the kindness of strangers, a close encounter with hypothermia and the absurd rights of passage common to the eccentric people that call themselves long-distance hikers. Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more!

Hike Your Own Hike

7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America: Wanderlearn, Book 1
Author: N.A
Publisher: SonicTrek, Inc.
ISBN: 0976581213
Category: Self-Help
Page: 352
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Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail
Author: Bill Walker
Publisher: Skywalker
ISBN: 9781934144268
Category: Fiction
Page: 221
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Life on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Erin Miller
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692341384
Category: Pacific Crest Trail
Page: 319
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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.

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail

One Woman's Journey
Author: Jennifer A. Hanson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781568251202
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 275
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An avid outsoorswoman, Jennifer Hanson — with her husband — set off to thru-hike the 2,400-mile Continental Divide Trail. Together they traversed the arid ranchlands of New Mexico, the snow-capped mountains of Colorado, the Red Desert of Wyoming, and Glacier National Park of Montana. Due to an injury, her husband left the trail and Jennifer finished the last nine hundred miles of the trail — alone. Appendixes include: the Thru-hike Preparation and Timeline; an Equipment and Clothing List; a Food List; Itinerary and Supply Points; Map List and Sources; and a Complete Index.

A Walk In The Woods

The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409095517
Category: Travel
Page: 336
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In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

My Year Without Matches

Escaping the City in Search of the Wild
Author: Claire Dunn
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1922231541
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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In the tradition of Wild and Tracks, one woman’s story of how she left the city and found her soul. Disillusioned and burnt out by her job, Claire Dunn quits a comfortable life to spend a year off the grid in a wilderness survival program. Her new forest home swings between ally and enemy as reality – and the rain – sets in. Claire’s adventure unfolds over four seasons and in the essential order of survival: shelter, water, fire and food. She arrives in summer, buoyant with idealism, and is initially confronted with physical challenges: building a shelter, escaping the vicious insects and making fire without matches. By winter, however, her emotional landscape has become the toughest terrain of all. Can she connect with her inner spirit to guide her journey onwards? Brimming with earthy charm and hard-won wisdom, My Year Without Matches is one woman’s quest for belonging, to the land and to herself. When Claire finally cracks life in the bush wide open, she discovers a wild heart to warm the coldest night. “A brave and adventurous book ... Claire’s writing is full of life and profound surprises.” – Anne Deveson Claire Dunn worked for many years as a campaigner for The Wilderness Society and is now a freelance journalist, writing for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, while studying postgraduate psychology. Claire is a passionate advocate for “rewilding” our inner and outer landscapes, and she facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats and contemporary wilderness rites of passage. She currently lives in Newcastle.

Pacific Crest Trail Data Book

Mileages, Landmarks, Facilities, Resupply Data, and Essential Trail Information for the Entire Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada
Author: Benedict Go
Publisher: Wilderness Press
ISBN: 0899977456
Category: Travel
Page: 128
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The essential, cut-to-the-chase handbook to the Pacific Crest Trail, based on the comprehensive Wilderness Press guidebooks to the PCT, has been completely updated. Packed with trail-tested features, it’s useful both on and off the trail, covering pre-trip planning for resupply stops, how to set daily on-the-trail mileage goals by knowing trail gradient and the locations of campsites, water sources, and facilities, and how to easily calculate distances between any two points on the trail, and how to planning both north-bound and south-bound hiking trips.

The Trail Life

How I Loved It, Hated It, and Learned from It
Author: Julie Urbanski
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781468023121
Category: Travel
Page: 178
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See life through the lens of a thru-hiker as she walks over 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. She begins the trail with the sole purpose of getting to Canada, and quickly realizes that she has a lot to learn about herself and the world around her before the end point is even within reach. Much more than just an account of miles, meals and mammals, this book details the trail life through the lessons the author learned and how they parallel with normal life. The trail proves to be a raw experience, with life lessons that slap you in the face and leave you grateful for the clarity that comes with the territory. Even if you never hike a single mile, the trail life could be for you. It is a gauntlet of physical pain and mental anguish, a roller-coaster of a life where you are in complete darkness, never knowing when the next turn is or if you'll soar to new heights or careen towards the ground. Yet, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those willing to look past the hardships and find life-changing realizations that are woven into our everyday lives, just under the surface but invisible to the untrained eye. Each part of the book takes aspects from life on the trail, like the simple act of drinking water, and not only portrays that puzzle piece of trail life to the reader, but also applies it to everyday life, making connections that make us more aware of our surroundings, our actions, and our mindsets. This book is for those who enjoy, appreciate, and understand challenging life experiences and the new outlooks gained on both yourself and the world around you. Starting with the basics of food and water and working all the way up to a happier, more fulfilled life, evaluate the way you look at yourself, your choices, and the life around you through entertaining, yet thought-provoking tales from the trail.

On the Beaten Path

An Appalachian Pilgrimage
Author: Robert Rubin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781599217437
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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An eloquent, wise, and witty account of how one man's six-month, end-to-end hike of the Appalachian Trail led him back home.

The Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking the PCT from Mexico to Canada
Author: Brian Johnson
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
ISBN: 1783625015
Category: Travel
Page: 352
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A comprehensive guidebook to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), an epic 2650 mile trek through the USA from the Mexican border to British Columbia in Canada. One of the world's best hikes, the route passes through California, Oregon and Washington State, taking in the Mojave desert, High Sierras, Cascades and countless more wild mountains of America's west coast. The guidebook is divided into 101 sections of 2 to 3 days, which can be combined into longer days according to ability and preference. This comprehensive guide provides all the information and maps hikers will need. Alongside the notes and route descriptions, there are overview maps for the entire trail, and a detailed introduction that provides essential advice for planning and completing the route. From information on packing, supplies, water and bears, to details on the mountains, wildlife and regions encountered, this is an essential companion to taking on - and completing - this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The PCT boasts breathtaking scenery and varied landscapes, through deserts and forests, and over snow-covered passes and along alpine ridges. This is a long wilderness trek of true adventure and exploration through diverse and stunning mountain scenery.

The Last American Man

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408806878
Page: 288
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At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his father, he lived alone in a teepee in the mountains. Everything he needed he built, grew or killed. He made his clothes from deer he killed and skinned before using their sinew as sewing thread. But he didn't stop there. In the years that followed, he stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges. He travelled the Mississippi in a handmade wooden canoe; he walked the two-thousand-mile Appalachian Trail; he hiked across the German Alps in trainers; he scaled cliffs in New Zealand. One Christmas, he finished dinner with his family and promptly upped and left - to ride his horse across America. From South Carolina to the Pacific, with his little brother in tow, they dodged cars on the highways, ate road kill and slept on the hard ground. Now, more than twenty years on, Eustace is still in the mountains, residing in a thousand-acre forest where he teaches survival skills and attempts to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature. But over time he has had to reconcile his ambitious dreams with the sobering realities of modernity. Told with Elizabeth Gilbert's trademark wit and spirit, this is a fascinating, intimate portrait of an endlessly complicated man: a visionary, a narcissist, a brilliant but flawed modern hero. The Last American Man is an unforgettable adventure story of an irrepressible life lived to the extreme. The Last American Man is a New York Times Notable Book and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.

Hell of a Journey

On Foot Through the Scottish Highlands in Winter
Author: Mike Cawthorne
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 0857906275
Category: Travel
Page: 224
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Hell of a Journey' describes what is arguably the last great journey to be undertaken in Britain: the entire Scottish Highlands on foot in one winter. On one level it is a vivid and evocative account of a remarkable trek - never attempted before - on another it celebrates the uniqueness of the Highlands, the scenery and ecology of 'the last wilderness in Europe'. The challenge Mike Cawthorne set himself was to climb all 135 of Scotland's 1,000-metre peaks, which stretch in an unbroken chain through the heart of the Highlands, from Sutherland to the Eastern Cairngorms, down to Loch Lomond, and west to Glencoe. His route traversed the most spectacular landscape in Scotland, linking every portion of wilderness, and was completed in the midst of the harshest winter conditions imaginable. Acclaimed on its first publication in 2000, this edition contains an epilogue in which Mike Cawthorne reflects on his trek and wonders what has changed since he carried it out. He warns that 'wild land in Scotland has never been under greater threat'. Hell of a Journey is a reminder of what we could so easily lose forever.

Becoming Odyssa

Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780825305689
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 304
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Originally published in 2010 with the subtitle Epic adventures on the Appalachian Trail.