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Free Outside: A Trek Against Time and Distance Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07XD5VG8F
- Publication date : September 3, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 785 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 264 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,768 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So, I do my much shorter treks, and enjoy armchair trekking for the rest.
I was thoroughly engaged to read of all the hardships, high points, wild animals and other trekkers Garmire met. However as I read his story, I felt increasingly concerned about Jeff's diet, which seemed to weigh heavily towards sugar and caffeine. He often wrote about eating cookies, granola bars, ice cream, candy, and downing several cups of coffee, explaining that caffeine gave him energy to make it through the day. I grok that one can't have fresh veggies and salads while out on the trail, but what about on those breaks when you come into town? Why when coming into town is it pizza and ice cream? As well, he often wrote about overeating when in town, and then wrote about "dizzy spells" experienced on the trail. I was concerned about him as I read all this.
Given Jeff's eating habits as described in his book, I'm especially amazed at his strong physical performance for 8000 miles of the Triple Crown.
I just read online that after the Triple Crown, Jeff went back to work in an office, but then got depressed again, and quit work again to hike the "Great Western Loop", a 7000 mile adventure. He said, “sounds like a rash decision, but I would’ve definitely killed myself if I didn’t go and do that,” He also wrote about how he didn't think one could beat depression, only compartmentalize it. I disagree, and would say that in order to overcome depression, one needs to work through it, not just continually try to outrun it. Though Jeff's story was engaging, and his accomplishments extraordinary, I did get the sense as I read that his continual fast pace seemed like running away from pain, more than running toward a meaningful goal. I would have liked to see something of Cheryl Strayed's spirit here, more capacity for self-examination, reflection, which I think would help a lot with the depression.
I hope that Jeff continues to be able to undertake these excellent and spirit-uplifting adventures.
Garmire’s Triple Crown required physical toughness, mental resilience, and meticulous planning. With conditions ranging from icy mountains to scorching deserts, just staying alive required good judgement and perhaps some good luck. While sharing the triumphs, Garmire is honest about the mistakes he made, and he paints vivid portraits of the kind and generous people who helped him along the way.
This book will inspire you to take an adventure. You may not choose to tackle the Triple Crown, the Appalachian Trail in winter, or anything that requires swimming with icebergs. But Garmire’s adventurous spirit is contagious. He shows us what is possible. I’ll see you out there!