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About the Author

Peter Potterfield is the award-winning writer of In the Zone and Classic Hikes of the World. He is the former editor and publisher of MountainZone
.com. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393057968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393057966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By R. Pauli on March 28, 2005
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I will skip the debate about which hikes are the world's greatest, and greatly admire this book as a current, concise and nicely illustrated presentation. Potterfield lays it out as clearly as a trail guide and attractively as a travel agent. But most of all, these are all hikes he has made. Very professional and personal.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rollin H. Wickenden on November 3, 2006
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This book is one of the best books I have read that deal with different treks around the world. I appreciate the author's suggestions for preparation for the hikes and his detail about how to arrive at the trailhead. I recommend this book for its detailed information on some of the world's best treks.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Hills on March 23, 2006
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If I do one of these glorious hikes each year I'll be .....78???? when I get done...guess I better start with the hard ones. Definitely a motivator to get out and see this wonderful world we live in. All the info and great pics make it easy to do so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Koenig on February 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book provides both a high level overview of 23 hikes from around the world, and some planning details such as transportation, dangers, seasons, etc. Highly recommended for people interested in hikes that are both scenic and challenging. The book is a little weighted toward north american hikes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George H. Powell on January 11, 2009
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I ordered this book after attending a presentation about the book by the author. The photographs in the book are beautiful and the description of each hike makes you feel as if you are there. I will never make any of the hikes, but I now have an appreciation for these hikes. If you are planning on making hikes this difficult, I believe this book would be very helpful in selecting which hikes are best for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Art Wolfe, Inc. on November 3, 2008
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Classic Hikes of the World is a classic itself. It is a resource and a book of dreams, directing us to some of the most wonderful corners of our planet while conveying the flavor of each locale. Peter's passion for the wild shines throughout.
Peter and I collaborated on The High Himalay and traveld to Patagonia for his book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Young on December 6, 2009
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I bought this book to get some information about a trip I'm planning with a friend. But the photos are nice enough that I'm leaving it on my coffee table. This is a great source of inspiration for many adventures, with enough practical information to help move beyond the fantasy stage to actually plan a trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Stone on February 3, 2011
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I started hiking in my late teens and just found it a very natural thing to do. When I had a family such indulgences ended. Now that the kids are grown up I have rediscoved the joy of being surrounded by astonishing landscapes. This book has the right balance of narrative description that captures the poetry of the landscape, practical information to begin planning and pictures to start dreaming. I have it on my coffee table and dip into it so that I am transported to remarkable places on the planet. My only issue with the book, is that it could have been ten times as long.
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