Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: Oregon and Washington: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long - Distance Trail

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Stories to delight the imagination of everyone who has hiked, will hike or who dreams about the world's most beautiful walk in the woods

  • Unique woodcut illustrations decorate both volumes
  • Trail map to follow story locations in each volume
  • For both hikers and armchair adventurers of the PCT


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Overview

Stories to delight the imagination of everyone who has hiked, will hike or who dreams about the world's most beautiful walk in the woods

  • Unique woodcut illustrations decorate both volumes
  • Trail map to follow story locations in each volume
  • For both hikers and armchair adventurers of the PCT


Exploring the people, places, and history of the Pacific Crest Trail as it ranges 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader brings together short excerpts from classic works of regional writing with boot-tested stories from the trail.

The heart of this anthology is these real trail tales, stories taken from PCT hikers: trailside humor and traditions, "trail angels" and "trail magic," encounters with wildlife and wild weather, stories of being lost and found, rescues, and unusual incidents. Revealing a larger context are historical accounts of events such as Moses Schallenberger's winter on Donner Pass and pioneer efforts like the old Naches Road that ended up creating access to today's trails; Native American myths and legends such as that of Lost Lake near Mount St. Helens; and selections from highly-regarded environmental writers who have captured the region in print, including Mary Austin in The Land of Little Rain; John Muir in The Mountains of California; and Barry Lopez in Crossing Open Ground. Readers will also enjoy a few more surprising contributions from the likes of Mark Twain and Ursula LeGuin.

Organized parallel to the actual sections of the PCT and presented in two regional volumes, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader will entertain everyone from dedicated thru-hikers to lovers of regional lore.

Rees Hughes has trekked extensively from Nepal to Tanzania, but nowhere has been more enchanting for him than the Pacific Crest Trail which he began walking in 1981. Since then, he has been a devoted section-hiker. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is currently an administrator at Humboldt State University where he is actively involved with outdoor recreation programs. He lives in Arcata, California. Corey Lewis is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Humboldt State University, where he also supervises the Wilderness Orientation Program. The co-author of the award-winning Reading the Trail (University of Nevada Press, 2005), Dr. Lewis lives in Arcata, and has hiked the California section of the PCT extensively.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594855092
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 778,560
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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