Inspiring and entertaining account of a 4300km 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. Travelling entirely on foot and off road, his five month journey takes him through the desert areas and snowbound High Sierra Nevada of California, the Cascade ranges of Oregon and Washington and finally emerges in the Okanogan Forest of British Columbia, Canada. The diverse mix of 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 easily read style, along with several images, provides an entertaining and inspiring read for anyone contemplating hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or for anyone who enjoys a good adventure story.
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I am preparing for my solo thru-hike of the PCT and have read more travelogues on the subject than I care to mention. Of the multitude I have read this Kiwi does a better job of describing the thru-hikers experience than any of the Yanks I have read by far. Refreshingly honest without feeling like the author's shrink was along stride for stride (though the "...you're the one who keeps showing me dirty pictures." was one of the many jokes and quips that made me chuckle and laugh out loud. A sense of humor should be hiking's 11th Essential, and it wold meet ultra-lite weight requirements). So if you are considering hiking the PCT or just want a very good sense of what it's like, I cannot recommend this book enough. Happy trails.
Just the right length, with plenty of clean humor... kept me interested the entire book. Fun to hear his take on Americans and our culture.