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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480169110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480169111
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Keith Foskett has written two books. 'The Journey in Between' details his 1,000 mile hiking trip on the infamous EL Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. It is the story on one man's walk but it speaks to all who see life itself as a journey and are alive to the revelations that an escape to nature can bring.
'A thoroughly entertaining modern take on a well-worn Spanish trail' - Spencer Vignes (The Observer)

'The Last Englishman' is Keith's account of his 2,650 mile adventure on Americas Pacific Crest Trail and was shortlisted by The Great Outdoors Magazine as Outdoor Book of the Year 2012. With only 20% of hikers finishing this trail, it's a hard lesson he soon learns the hard way having to deal with blisters, an inherent phobia of snakes, bears, getting dirty and camping in the woods after dark.

'I'm not sure of Keith Foskett knows it, but he has penned a hiking classic. I wanted to pack up my bags and go' - Spencer Vignes (The Observer)

His third book - 'Balancing on Blue' will be released in 2013 and details his 2,178 mile hike on The Appalachian Trail.

He contributes to various outdoor publications and in 2012 was shortlisted for Outdoor Personality of the Year by The Great Outdoors Magazine. His second book - The Last Englishman, was also nominated for Outdoor Book of the Year.

Partial to a decent bottle of Rioja, down sleeping bags and woollen underwear, he was born, and still lives in West Sussex, England.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed his story and style of writing.
Connie Westbrook
Keith took me on an amazing journey through his tale of his Pacific Crest Trail hike.
Kathryn Ely
Keith is a good writer and I look forward to reading more of his books.
Pipes

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2012
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I felt that this book kind of missed its mark. Its not a bad book, its quite readable, its just not a great book. I have to say its hard to be critical of anyone that had the motivation to get up and walk the PCT, and also, well done for getting out there and writing about it. I certainly feel that the author had good intentions with the book, its just that it kind of didn't really convey the feeling of walking the PCT for me. There seemed to be a lot of detail about the towns they arrived at, and the large amounts of food they ate, the other trails users that were in the towns etc, but in between, very little about the actual walking of the trail. I realise that the towns, and the people are part of the whole experience, but it kind of took up far to much of the book. There was so little desription of the actual trail, the experiences and feelings of being there. The writing just didn't get up there with a good travel writer and you kind of felt like someone was just sitting and saying "we did this, and then this happened" and never really pulled you into the whole experience. I thought that the last section of walking in the early washington winter was where the author started to get the idea of a travel book, but by then it was a little to late.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marci Glenn on April 4, 2013
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I bought this book late last year along with some other PCT books as I hope to hike at least part of it in 2014. I just finished this and my fascination with the PCT has only increased. Keith's writing is so descriptive of his daily travels that I could visualize the environment he was in, I could almost smell the food he cooked, feel the snow hip deep and his hiking buddies are people I want to know, real people facing their daily lives head on. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys hiking. It is a wonderful read. The Last Englishman (Volume 1)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Soccrosse on August 11, 2012
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The task of completing the PCT is amazing and being able to share the highs and lows of such a journey is a task that Keith is up for. He provides a well balanced story that depicts the beauty of the trai, the comraderie shared between hikers as well as the mental and physical challenges that the trail has to offer. I would strongly recommend this book for the arm chair hiker, someone preparing for a thru hike or someone recapturing memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chad Poindexter on May 11, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading about Fozzie's adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail. In my opinion, he did a wonderful job at telling his story. The way he describes his hike allowed me to vividly imagine what was going on, and his surroundings... and upon reading the book, one can see that a number of those scenes are a bit lively! As well, I really enjoyed the more typical "thru-hiking" aspect of the book. I quite enjoy reading books on peoples' thru hikes, but I will also admit, some are much better than others. In my honest opinion, I thought Fozzie's telling was one of the better ones that I have read.

Living in the east, I have never hiked the PCT, nor even stepped foot on it, yet. Fozzie's book has definitely inspired me though, and one day I hope to have a hike along the PCT, if not the whole thing...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By forestlight on December 30, 2012
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"The Last Englishman" is a great read. An Englishman's journey/adventure on the PCT. The highs the lows...the companionship, the solitude, nature's grandeur & the inner journey also. The writing is gripping, entertaining & alive and all the time the story unfolds much like the journey itself. The reader feels as if they are there on the trail with Fozzie experiencing the heat, the cold, the wind, the elements. Reading this classic makes you want to dust off your boots & rucksack & hit the trail immediately. A true adventurer, a true classic, do yourself a favour & read this book...enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A Holz on May 6, 2012
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Keith captures his 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail thruhike with a balance of big-picture context and anecdotal detail that keeps the book engaging from start to finish.

Having shared the trail with Keith (I'm the Bigfoot he mentions), it is wonderful to relive the hike from Fozzie's point of view and read about Elk, Pockets, and so many familiar people and places. Each section brings new characters and challenges as he works his way over some of the most rugged terrain in the United States.

His tale is splattered with crazy thruhiker antics, natural beauty, battles against weather, the kindness of strangers, and the dogged persistence of a man quite determined to finish his thru-hike. This is what a long-distance hike is all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Ely on October 13, 2013
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Keith took me on an amazing journey through his tale of his Pacific Crest Trail hike. He brings an authentic voice to his work and I hope this wont be the last book he writes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By agoodday on September 5, 2013
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As always, Keith Foskett writes interesting, informative and funny adventure story. I've read many hiking stories and his are among the best
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