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The Pacific Crest Trail Reader - Adventure, History & Legend on the Long Distance Trail - California


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  • Real Trail Stories
  • Classic stories
  • Famous Authors - including John Muir, Wallace Stegner, Mark Twain, Barry Lopez, Ursala K. LeGuin and Jack Kerouac
  • A portion of the proceeds from this book are donated to the PCTA (Pacific Crest Trail Association)
  • 49 stories
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Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: California: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long - Distance Trail + Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: Oregon and Washington: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long - Distance Trail
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Exploring the people, places, and history of the Pacific Crest Trail as it ranges 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader brings together short excerpts from classic works of regional writing and boot-tested stories from the trail. The heart of this anthology is these real trail tales, stories taken from PCT hikers: trailside humor and traditions, "trail angels" and "trail magic," encounters with wildlife and wild weather, stories of being lost and found, rescues, and unusual incidents. Revealing a larger context are historical accounts of events such as Moses Schallenberger's winter on Donner Pass and pioneer efforts like the old Naches Road that ended up creating access to today's trails; Native American myths and legends such as that of Lost Lake near Mount Hood; and selections from highly-regarded environmental writers who have captured the region in print, including Mary Austin in The Land of Little Rain ; John Muir in The Mountains of California; and Barry Lopez in Crossing Open Ground. Readers will also enjoy a few more surprising contributions from the likes of Mark Twain and Ursula Le Guin.Original Woodcut Illustrations.Corresponding maps allow you to place the setting for each story.Editors - Rees Hughes, Corey Lewis.Illustrator - Amy Uyeki.Binding - Paper.Pages - 303.Publisher - The Mountaineers Books.Year - 2011.ISBN - 9781594855085.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 26, 2012
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Saturday night the Co-Editors of this collection provided our Mt. Shasta trail community with an evening of rich entertainment as they read selected shorts from The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader. For me this was a case of getting so much more than I bargained for.....yes, I was reminded of trail lingo and the immeasurable importance of "trail angels" and "trail magic." But the poetry was visual and clear, the humorous incidents and challenges described by long distance and day hikers were engaging and educational--in spite of the fact that the folks I'm around talk about this stuff all of the time. I especially loved the Editor's choosing to add stories like Angela and Duffy Ballard's climbing experience on Mt. Shasta and John Muir's storm experience in December of 1874--which could have been written last December. However, I do want to say that in full disclosure mode, I've re-christened my copy from Trailside to Bedside reader and now I'm half way through Oregon on my PCT adventure.

One more thing--at the conclusion of the Sat. evening program Rees and Corey announced that all of their royalties were being donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association for the preservation and protection of the Trail. Well, actually what they said was that they were giving their first million to the PCTA. : )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crosscut on October 5, 2013
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I have been saving the book and only read the portions of the PCT that I have completed, it's difficult to put aside but it is fun to picture the areas where each story is taking place. I have finally finished the California book and look forward to reading the Oregon section next year. If you have hiked the trail this book is a must, if you want to hike the trail these books will give you a good idea of what it is all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Stromquist on April 22, 2012
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I've not hiked the Pacific Coast Trail myself, but that fact didn't hinder my total enjoyment of this book's wide ranging stories and essays about life on the Trail. It is such a great adventure read and I enthusiastically recommend it to hikers and non-hikers alike. An added plus: the stunning woodcuts of scenes of the PCT by Amy Uyeki.

Now I'm anxious to begin the companion Pacific Coast Trail Reader for the Oregon and Washington region.
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