Journey on the Crest: Walking 2,600 Miles from Mexico to Canada

Journey on the Crest: Walking 2,600 Miles from Mexico to Canada

by Cindy Ross


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ISBN-13: 9780898861464
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 10/28/1987
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Llamasyndrome More than 1 year ago
My copy of "Journey on the Crest" is an older edition, prior to the reprint.     I have read  "Journey on the Crest" three times.   I have read her AT book twice, and her CDT book "Scraping Heaven" twice.    I can see the progress of Cindy's writing growth through all these successive books.   I've had an interest in backpacking and long distance hiking,  and in the Pacific Crest Trail in particular,  for most of my life.   I own a number of books pertaining to the three long trails: The Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental  Divide Trail.    I can relate in many ways to this story.   I can see a lot of parallels in my hiking experiences.   I began my quest to hike  across Idaho as a struggling newcomer to the backcountry of Idaho.   I had to overcome my physical deficiency of Asthma  to face the physical challenges.   I also grew in confidence and overcame some inner fears and inadequacies.    I also was  transformed by the sum total of my experiences on the trail.  I can also relate, somewhat, to the terror of her slide in the snow.   My snow slide experience was not as long, fast, and dramatic.   It did however leave a lasting impression on me.     Some readers might form a negative view about the relationships that Cindy encountered along the way.    I believe that Cindy has captured her honest feelings and struggles.   As a man, I don't relate as well to the female emotional drama.    As the saying goes, YMMV   "Your Mileage May Vary."   I don't want to DING her for writing about the people.   I just happen to be put together differently.    I probably would relate better to her husband Todd in the second half of the book.     I am an opposite to the gregarious and outgoing extroverted ways that Cindy relates to other people.   I would tend to make one friend or maybe two, but would shy away  from hiking in large circles of people as she tended to do.   This contributed to a lot of drama during her hike.        I personally would recoil from that kind of added drama to the trail experience.   However, this is her hike and her story.     And the stories that flavor her tale came from her people experiences.       I really like the hand-drawn illustrations in the book, which truly add an extra dimension to the story.    Her backpack alone looks like it would crush me, and I am a tall and large framed man.   It is impressive to me that she hiked with that kind of load, akin to the backpack called "Monster" in Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" story.    My perspective is that of someone who has switched to Lightweight or Ultralight hiking.   The bulky and crushing load that Cindy carried contributed greatly to the physical challenge she faced.   And yet, she overcame.      I continue to follow Cindy's travel experiences through social media and look forward to future writing endeavors from her.