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Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks Hardcover – March 17, 2005
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This book has made me change my choices of which hikes to ad to my life list (Buckskin Gulch, Utah) and which to just read about in amazement (Kalalau Trail, Hawaii).
I was thrilled to see that I had been in the areas close to some trails that he describes: Grand Canyon, Mt Rainier, White Mountains of New Hampshire, Vancouver Island, and the North Cascades. The book inspires me to revisit these places with better plan and preparation.
And he re-hikes one of the great survival hikes in history: the Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island. Nice to read of Potterfield's crossing of the same route - even well equipped he labels it a moderate physical challenge, but a much greater psychological challenge - even for a modern trek, weather there is the biggest factor
I found some hikes that I should re-considered now - The John Muir Trail seems not to be the over-crowded trail I had thought it to be, and is back on the list.
I wasn't looking for a technical manual, nor a travel brochure, this hits just right - human impressions of some great hikes, clear suggestions for what I may find there, and discussions of logistics, strategy, hazards and seasons.
I got two copies of this excellent book, deciding that it would make a great gift for a well-traveled relative who is now an armchair trekker.
Peter and I collaborated on The High Himalay and traveld to Patagonia for his book.
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A fantastic and inspiring book. The hikes are well chosen and superbly described. Perhaps the best thing about this book is the discussion of the logistics of how to do these... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeffrey Hood
A good coffeetable book but not necessarily the most comprehensive guidePublished 8 months ago by George
This book should be more correctly named "Classic Tourist Traps of the World" The author covers the places that are the most expensive to visit, not necessarily the most... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by fuzy
This is a great book for arm chair travelers or adventurers. Great pictures and writing. Enjoying it immensely and has inspired me to take a few backpacks further afieldPublished on April 26, 2013 by A. G. Goldberg
I thought that this was a great way to broaden my outlook on challenging ways to view the world. The photos are inspiring and now I am off to walk in the Himalayas!Published on January 23, 2013 by Andria Rucker
We have friends who are hikers, and younger than us :) so I got this as a gift for them. Beautiful book.Published on September 22, 2012 by J. Taylor
I have always enjoyed Peter's books and articles. This booked has helped us pick hikes all over the world. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by KRW