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I'm a little late to this thread, but "The Cactus Eaters" by Dan White remains my all-time favorite PCT book. It's definitely the funniest. He was a journalist, so he knows how to write (unlike a lot of other "authors" who write thru-hike memoirs).azbackpackr wrote:Hahaha! That's funny! It's also funny because in the real story, by the time Cheryl Strayed got to Oregon she had become a pretty seasoned backpacker. It was only south in the Mojave Desert, Kennedy Meadows, etc., that she really had the learning curve. (Remember, she makes it clear she did not hike the whole PCT. Mojave Desert to Oregon, which is not to be sneezed at.)
Incidentally, I have a Kindle and I recently got on a kick of reading thru-hiker memoirs. Some of them are really entertaining. They are basically self-published, available only on Kindle, perhaps in need of a little editing, but to my very picky eye, not too bad. So far I have read and enjoyed, about the PCT:
"Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart" by Carrot Quinn
"Rabid," by Libby Zangle
and am reading now about the AT:
"Balancing on Blue," by Keith Foskett
I haven't read Keith's books, but I follow him on youtube, and I've enjoyed his trail videos (even though they are mostly just him talking into the camera while hiking). I'll keep an eye out for the books.azbackpackr wrote:@flagscott
Thanks much, I will look for it. I really liked Keith Foskett's books. He wrote about Camino de Santiago in Spain, and also the AT and PCT. He's called "Fozzie" on the trail and he is oh so veddy English. Pretty good for an amateur writer. Incidentally, I didn't think the movie "A Walk in the Woods" had near the humor the book had, although it was entertaining.
Also, a HAZ member from Yuma, good friend of mine, is hiking the PCT right now. Had to skip the Sierras due to snow. She will return in Sept to finish that section. She tried going up north of the Sierras and hiking south, but very soon got into more snow than a Yuma girl wants to see. I can't remember what moniker she used to use on here, but she doesn't post any more.
I also sort of know some folks hiking the Camino in Spain right now. They are going on my October GC river trip. That is, I haven't met them yet, but they are solid on my trip. So, I'll ask them all about it when I meet them.
I thought she was working on her train riding book. She didn't enjoy the CDT that much, and that might make for a boring book. I liked her PCT book. And Foskett's PCT book, haven't read any others.flagscott wrote:Carrot's book was excellent, too. I believe she's working on a CDT book now.
Like almost every thru-hiker I know, I did not like Wild. My reason was specific, though: I don't think that people solve their problems on thru-hikes. You're just too busy hiking and/or too tired from hiking to be thinking about big picture stuff. So, basically, I think that the narrative that she put in the book, that she turned her disaster of a life around on a 3-month walk, was mostly BS and was invented to sell books.wha wrote:I also liked Wild, book and movie.
Heaven forbid we should learn patience, right? :roll:flagscott wrote:gradually turning things around