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Listening For Coyote [Kindle Edition]

William Sullivan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this classic adventure memoir, Sullivan sets out to discover the spirit of the wilderness by backpacking 1361 miles across Oregon, traversing four mountain ranges and eighteen Wilderness Areas. Along the way he is held at gunpoint by marijuana growers, poisons himself with mushrooms, and hikes forty miles a day through Hells Canyon trying to outrun October snowstorms. His insightful journal has been chosen one of Oregon's "100 Books" by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This is a wonderful story of the search for a new Oregon Trail. Backpacker and naturalist Sullivan scouted a West-East route from Coastal Cape Blanco to Hell's Canyon on the Snake River (not as the crow flies; it was more of a wiggly W in shape). His 65-day, 1300-plus-mile journey took him across four mountain ranges and 18 designated wilderness areas, through foggy rain forests, mountain meadows, sun-baked deserts and deep canyons in all extremes of weather. Sullivan has written an engaging account of this pioneering hike, with vivid descriptions of the varied terrain and the people he met along the way. He encountered bears and elk but was at highest risk when he sampled poisonous mushrooms. Nature lovers, active and passive, will find Sullivan's walk a vicarious pleasure. Photos.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Trickster coyote, in western Indian lore, is the creative earth spirit. To Sullivan, making a 1360-mile west-to-east walk through Oregon, the coyote represents wilderness and the reason for preserving nature. Touching 18 wilderness areas and crossing four mountain ranges, the author scouted a route later recommended for the New Oregon Trail. His daily journal tells about his solo walk, discusses the ecosystems he observed, and describes the various attitudes toward wilderness held by individuals met en route. Two major enemies of western wilderness, timbercutting and cattle grazing, are neither ignored nor blasted. For fans of Edward Abbey, Colin Fletcher, John Hillaby, and Edgar Garvey. Paula M. Strain, M.L.S., Rockville, Md.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1859 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Navillus Press (October 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A00LJUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! April 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Such an interesting story...it is about so much more than hiking across Oregon...which honestly is pretty cool in and of itself. Great author, I love his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure March 24, 2013
By robert
Format:Hardcover
I like to see myself as an explorer as well as a hiker. I've explored many areas, both on and off the trail, over the years and I'm always fascinated by the stories other hikers have to tell about their adventures. I've read several of William's books and have enjoyed them all. He's written excellent trail guides, in addition to his many other works. I enjoyed "Listening to Coyote" because it was an engaging adventure of one man's exploration to find a route across Oregons vast wilderness areas. I think anyone who likes hiking,backpacking or simply a good adventure story won't be disappointed with this book. I've recommended this book to several people over the years and have received nothing but positive feedback from those who have read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! March 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great read if you love nature and backpacking. It will make you want to grab you pack and head out to the Oregon Wilderness!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 5, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I'm a hiker and also love to read hiking books. I enjoyed this one more than most because it really was about a man alone finding his way on new turf. I don't generally read a book more than once but did so with this one. Definitely recommend it.
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More About the Author

The author of three novels and a dozen nonfiction books, Sullivan grew up in Salem, Oregon. He completed his B.A. degree in English at Cornell University under Alison Lurie, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German at the University of Oregon. He reads in a dozen languages, plays the pipe organ, and enjoys backcountry ski expeditions.
Sullivan is known in the American West as the author who backpacked more than a thousand miles across Oregon's wilderness in 1985. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote," has since been chosen one of Oregon's "100 Books," the most significant books in state history.
In summer he writes at the log cabin that he and his wife Janell Sorensen built by hand in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range, more than a mile from roads, electricity, and telephones. The rest of the year they live in Eugene, Oregon, where he volunteers to promote libraries and literature.
A list of Sullivan's books, speaking engagements, and favorite adventures is at www.oregonhiking.com .

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