I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

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With comfortable urban lives in Houston, Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail D. Storey and her husband were in their fifties when they decided it was time to test themselves on a new path——a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada.

I Promise Not to Suffer is Gail's light-hearted yet heart-felt memoir about her and her husband's adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being ...

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With comfortable urban lives in Houston, Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail D. Storey and her husband were in their fifties when they decided it was time to test themselves on a new path——a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada.

I Promise Not to Suffer is Gail's light-hearted yet heart-felt memoir about her and her husband's adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being irrevocably changed by life on the trail. She was a novice hiker, while he was an experienced outdoorsman. Removed from their usual routines and living outside in the wilderness for months exposed hidden intricacies in their relationship. Hiking 20 miles a day over mountains, thirsting in the high desert of California, forcing frozen feet into icy socks and boots each morning in the High Sierra, stumbling through lava fields in Oregon——Gail was required to meet the elements on their own tough-love terms. From an encounter with a mountain lion to her mother's battle with cancer at home, she confronts each challenge with wit and brave style. While a dangerous loss of weight forces Gail to leave the PCT after 900 miles, she regains strength and later rejoins her husband on sections until he triumphantly reaches the northern terminus in Canada.

Humorous yet honest, this journey of harrowing hilarity and reluctant revelations will be loved by active hikers (appendices include details of their unique ultralight gear and other essential how-to information), fans of female adventure stories, and armchair travelers alike.

Winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature

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After quitting his job as a doctor, novelist Story's (God's Country Club) husband made plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Reluctant to be apart from him during the six-month journey and looking for answers to unresolved issues of her own, Storey joined her husband on a physically and emotionally challenging journey. Moving back and forth in time, she weaves stories of her childhood, her distant relationship with her mother, and her 17-year marriage through the humorous, warm, and sometimes harrowing narrative of her adventures on the trail as she faces down a mountain lion, makes new friends in the trail community, and tests the strength of her confidence in her marriage. VERDICT Storey, who was featured on the cover of Library Journal in 1992 after the publication of her first novel, The Lord's Motel, has written an enjoyable and frank memoir that will appeal to those who have taken or want to take similar journeys, whether hiking or of the heart.—Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594857454
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Pages: 221
  • Sales rank: 427,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    A great story of love and adventure on the pacific cost trail.  

    A great story of love and adventure on the pacific cost trail.  Gail Storey is a great writer who make this a fun and fast read.  Boomers and those who love outdoor activities will relate to this couples challenges and the love the found for each other and nature.  Once you start the book it is hard to put it down.   I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Enough already!

    Can' t anyone write a book about the PCT without using the f-word?!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Fun, outdoorsy, light reading for hikers

    A very good, but not super great read. I enjoyed it because I am a long distance backpacker and have hiked some of the same parts of the PCT. Gail Story writes well, but didn't have as compelling a story as Cheryl Strayed did in Wild. It is a quick read and fun for people who have done or are considering a long distance hike.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    ** spoiler alert ** What an adventure it was, accompanying this

    ** spoiler alert ** What an adventure it was, accompanying this undaunted couple on their incredible journey. Storey chronicles their progress with wonderful attention to physical detail (accidental immersions in rapids,tumbles into thickets of tree roots, boots trapped in ice) and generous doses of self-deprecating humor. But while there is plenty to laugh about, the story is not short on moving introspection and challenges the trail presents to the couple's marriage. Storey gamely proceeds along the Pacific Coast Trail while simultaneously traversing the slippery slope of her relationship with her mother, who is battling breast cancer as her daughter takes on Mother Nature. Storey's journey, initially charted to progress from one US border to the other,takes a sharp detour to Boston when her mother's cancer metastasizes. She may not accomplish her initial goal--to traverse the entire PCT with her husband--but she's there for him at the end, just as she's there for her mother.

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