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More About the Author
Walker then became a commodities broker for the next fourteen years, first at the Chicago Board of Trade, then at the London International Financial Futures Exchange. That was anything but boring. But in 2001, the entire business was computerized. It was again time to sharply change course.
Walker became a VISTA volunteer and was the welfare-reform coordinator for the South Texas region. He then moved to Latin America where he taught English as a Second Language in five different countries.
In 2005, he thru-hiked the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail. Upon completion, he wrote Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail. This book has sold steadily on Amazon.com. In 2009, Walker hiked the 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail. He recently published a narrative of that journey called, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, which is the number one selling book on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Walker, who is 6'11", is currently working on a book on the subject of height. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
I mention the No Pain conversation because Skywalker has a great talent for capturing the human side of the trail. The PCT is so much more than 2600+ miles from Mexico to Canada. It has a lot of protagonists and antagonists, depending on your perspective. It's not just about getting up and over Forester Pass or taking the side trip to the top of Mt. Whitney. It's also about the decision-making process. Do I have the time? Do I have the resources? Will this add to the trip or contribute to the difficulty of making it to Canada before winter? Those are the conflicts that jumped out at me as I read Skywalker's book.
I recently took a cross-country flight and read the entire book from start to finish in the air because I just couldn't put it down.Read more ›
I first read his AT story, and as it progressed, I thought I detected the telltale signs of self-publishing -- chaotic commas and hyphens, stories, instead of their audience, described as "incredulous," etc. No great stigma attached; it's just a fact that most people do not write in perfect prose. Publishers know this, and they hire editors and proofreaders to run interference so neither they nor the author will be embarrassed by the finished product.
So I was more than a little surprised to read at the end of the AT book that Bill actually had a publisher; now that's embarrassing. Did the publisher have either an editor or a proofreader?
But I enjoyed the story enough to continue on to the PCT. Wow. This book is a genuine festival of editorial error, and not just of the low-grade, misplaced comma variety. There are rampant, random italics, there are typos, there are missing words, and so many hyphens are missing it's almost like reading a foreign language at times. It took me nearly a minute to tease out what "heightrelated" meant -- kind of like seeing the bird in the Escher painting. Then there are the endless misused words and phrases: "wit" for "whit," "shear" for "sheer," "delicatessens" for "delicacies," "flee" for "flea," "tortuous" for "torturous," a hiker who "bought (rather than bit) the dust," and my personal favorite, a windstorm that was so bad the author had to "take umbrage" in his tent. Maybe he was deeply offended, and maybe he did appreciate the shade, but I'm guessing his intended meaning was "take shelter.Read more ›
Despite this, it was a very personal account of life on the trail and I felt connected enough to the writer to want to read about his next adventure; "Skywalker: Highs and Lows of the Pacific Crest Trail."
Bill Walker did an absolutely tremendous job on this book. For one, the writing is much better! I had read complaints about errors in earlier releases. This latest release I downloaded to my kindle seemed to be cleaned up. Some occasional errors still exist, but as a hole, the writing was VERY improved.
The book goes back and forth between Skywalker's experience on the trail and the history / personal observations about the different regions he hiked through. In his first book (Skywalker - Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail), Walker's efforts to intertwine historical facts and observations with his day to day hiking felt forced. It just didn't seem to flow. In this book however, Walker was masterful.
Skywalker is very open and honest about himself and his own thoughts and feelings. He writes with no Ego, and gives a fair assessment of his own abilities and shortcomings. He does a wonderful job contrasting the many hardships of life on the trail (From his foot issues in the desert to freezing in Washington State) w/ the great beauty and personal accomplishments that accompany such a journey.
I found the book to be entertaining, educational, and interesting. The historical commentary appears to be well researched and the book itself flowed along nicely. Overall, it was very well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A saga of hiking the whole Pacific Crest Trail, this follows Skywalker's previous book about hiking the Appalachian Trail. Read morePublished 1 day ago by P. A. Lawless
I really enjoyed his honest & self-effacing stories from his hike. Caricatures & trials & tribulations while doing something most of us would never dream of attempting.Published 3 days ago by Brian J Saucy
Such fun reading the adventures of Skywalker on his thru hikes!Published 2 months ago by Kathy Killam
I read his first book about the App. Trail and liked it - decided I would read his second. He gives insight into the difficulty and the satisfaction of the trail. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eve
What a dirty old man!! And his attitude toward women hikers. This book creeped me out. I could not finish it.Published 2 months ago by JAG
I wanted to like this book, but from the get go it was hard to keep turning the pages. He would start a thought, but then not finish it, leaving me going "huh? Read morePublished 2 months ago by DButera
First read and enjoyed this authors account of his AT thurhike. Have enjoyed his story of hiking the PCT, which, unlike the AT, is a trail I have never set foot on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob