My Journey To Freedom and Ultralight Backpacking [NOOK Book]


Carol Wellman hikes the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Trail on a journey to freedom, using unique ultralight techniqes and gear. Spending five months straight living out of a backpack brings healing and renewal.
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My Journey To Freedom and Ultralight Backpacking

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Carol Wellman hikes the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Trail on a journey to freedom, using unique ultralight techniqes and gear. Spending five months straight living out of a backpack brings healing and renewal.
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Editorial Reviews

Carol Barnes
Brawny, loved your book! About time a woman writes a factual, positive, instructive book about long-distance hiking. Thanks!
--Carol Barnes ("Rambunny")
Dave Indiana
Your book, "My Journey To Freedom & Ultralight Backpacking", is frustrating ,,, I need to do some things around here, BUT I don't want to put your book down. When I do, I find myself thinking, "When can I get back to reading Brawny and Rain's book?" Your book is wonderful. Better than Jardine's "Beyond Backpacking". Thanks for your efforts.
Eugene Espy
Carol, I really did enjoy reading "My Journey To Freedom And Ultralight Backpacking". I could not put it down until I finished it. My "hat is off" to you. Your design and use of your ultralight equipment is unique. Backpackers do not know what they are missing.
--Eugene Espy
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013593923
  • Publisher: Carol Wellman
  • Publication date: 11/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 354,581
  • File size: 876 KB

Meet the Author

I've always loved the outdoors. The last twelve years have been spent persuing that love after raising a large family near Chicago. Traveling by foot along our great National Trails inspires my writing and artworl.
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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    My Favorite Backpacking Resource

    I've had this book for about four years, and among all resources on hiking it is the book I keep going back to for inspiration and information. Ms. Wellman smoothly braids three strands throughout: her journals of hiking (Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails), the development of her skills as an ultralight backpacker, and the saga of her evolution into a strong, confident, self-supporting individual. Sparkles of humor and ribbons of poetry highlight the the composition.

    There is an extensive section on creating your own gear, with clear, precise instructions. I think these could be improved upon with illustrations, but by reading carefully and re-reading before attempting, the reader can form mental images that suffice.

    Suggestions are given for making do with items you already have, and substituting thrift-store and yard-sale finds for costly commercial clothing and supplies.

    Comprehensive packing checklists are included, and serve as my reference every time I go hiking. In addition, I have read the entire book through several times just because I enjoy and am inspired by Ms. Wellman's story.

    I have noted some glitches in spelling and syntax; also, in some cases she switches from past to present tense as though sections are copied directly from her hiking journals without editing. These are minor annoyances, far outweighed by the (so far for me) unparalleled information on ultralight, alternative gear; by the way she gets me thinking outside the box; and by the power and entertainment value of her stories.

    If you are a hiker always looking for better and lighter ways, you will be glad to own this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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