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I did, very much, enjoy the account of the hiking/camping experience. Glover captured, for me, the look and feel of those mountain trails, and his descriptions of his camping activities made me want to head back to the forest soon. Unfortunately, this was the best part of the book, in my opinion.
The history Glover includes of the Apache nation is mostly standard textbook stuff, and since I have read Geronimo's autobiography, I did not learn anything new about that famous figure. As for Glover's philosopy -- well, let me say only that it seem somewhat vague. (The phrase "chemically induced" kept popping into my mind.) His attempts to relate his observations to Apache culture seemed artificial and even awkward.
And "awkward" also describes Glover's compositional style, making my reading experience sometimes frustrating. An occasional comma would have been beneficial. To illustrate thie point, consider this example sentence:
"I had quit lugging along a tent by that time so I sought shelter under a tarp which I strung over a set of long poles I managed to cut from saplings before the snow got too deep creating a kind of teepee inside of which I could kindle a fire leaving a hole at the top for the smoke to exist."
Competent editing would also have prevented the publication of "refuge" where the word "refuse" was implied, as well as "heal" instead of "heel," and so on. Other grammar flaws I can overlook, but they are noticeable still.
Even so, I enjoyed the book, but is stands best as a travel narrative, not as a philosophy book.
Along with dealing with his personal trials and tribulations of the trail are thoughts of his research of the Apache Indians who roamed this same area, and in particular Geronimo, a fierce warrior who may have made camp in the same sites the author camped. The author has a talent for putting you there, huddled in the same sleeping bag, separate islands of our own, floating about, searching for that which we cannot find, all the while tossing Beardstongue kindling on the ever going campfire, listening to the screams of a mountain lion, as we contemplate the hallucination of separateness we all have back home in the lowlands but not up here where you’re connected to nature out of necessity.