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The Last Englishman: Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (Thru-Hiking Adventures Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Spencer Vignes (The Observer).
'Telling the true story of a six-month PCT hikefrom Mexico to Canada, crossing wild desert and mountain and meeting everythingfrom eccentric hikers to rattlesnakes along the way. Easy to read and at timeslaugh-out-loud funny, it will make you want to pack your rucksack and go.'
- Rosie Fuller (Adventure Travel magazine).
'Long-distance hiking is tragically romantic: it'snot all about fresh air, aesthetic majesty, and colorful company. This book isrefreshingly honest about the difficulties and day-to-day monotony. But it alsocaptures the rewards of this oversized effort to hike the United States end toend.'
- Andrew Skurka (National Geographic Adventure'sAdventurer of the Year).
'The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the mostbeautiful and diverse long-distance trails in the world. The Last Englishmanallows you to experience this amazing trail through the eyes of a thru-hiker.If you cannot take the time to hike the trail, then you should definitely takethe time to read about it.'
- Jennifer Pharr Davis (Previous record holder forthe fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail)
'It's rare to find a book that captures theexperience of long-distance backpacking so well, and that is also fun to read.Fozzie's account of his Pacific Crest Trail hike is educational, inspirationaland hilarious. A must-read for aspiring thru-hikers and outdoor adventureseekers.'
- Erik Asorson (The PCT Atlas)
Hundreds of five-star reviews. Thousands of copiessold. Find out why readers fall for Keith Foskett's adventure memoirs!
About the Author
His books have been shortlisted for several awards by The Great Outdoors magazine and his outdoor blog was voted blog of the year by Go Outdoors.
He's partial to a decent bottle of Rioja, and nurtures an unhealthy interest in down sleeping bags and woolen underwear.
He was born and still lives in southeast England.
- ASIN : B007EDIAY4
- Publication date : February 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3504 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,543 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just didn't enjoy it as much as i hoped because of his attitude.
Unfortunately “Fozzy”, is also an incompetent and annoying thru hiker who repeatedly runs out of food because of bad planning, falls WAY Behind his planned schedule and continues taking zero days for no apparent reason (while complaining for page after page about not making enough miles), and has constant problems with his feet that he seems incapable of resolving.
Normally you expect someone to become more competent as their hike continues but that’s not the case for Fozzy...he seems every bit as hapless at the end of the book as he was at the beginning and it gets really tiresome.
Final note: I’m a long-time backpacker who’s planning a thru hike of the PCT so that definitely impacts my review - if you don’t care about his competence as a hiker you may enjoy it more.
It was not full of crazy stories (well, there are some) but the A.T. is like hiking the I-95 freeway (full of people) vs. the PCT, much more of a country road....at 12,000 ft.
Some may criticize this book as being too descriptive and "flowery" but those who have awoken to a new day, filled with crimson, blues and orange and red skies... will be happy his accounts.
I have read some reviews that felt he spent too much time drinking pale-ale in any town he could find. I find that absurd. Of course when you re-supply, you're going to down some pale ales. But most of his book, I felt, concentrated on the trail, and trail life.
He ends his hike in an unusual fashion. Without going into detail, I felt he and his two cronies , were the "East Yorkshire Regiment" avoiding the Germans and the towns people were (underground) were sheltering and feeding them, and then on to their next objective - - 300 miles. You'd have to read the book to make sense of this rambling.
In any event, walking from Mexico boarder to Canada is no SAMLL FEAT. Less than % 15 ever make it. It's difficult to make this kind of journey 'interesting' for the reader. After all, hiking that long is nothing but slogging one day after another. Repetition.
He's writing style makes it 3-dimensional, with lot's of good stories; his observations on American food, people and geography etc, set it apart.
To accomplish this monumental journey, one needs;
1.) The heart and spirit of John Muir,
2.) The tenacity and perseverance of Margaret Thatcher,
3.) And the crazy and wildl sense of adventurer and humor of Steve Martin. Keith has all three in Spades!!
This was written several years ago, and it you wish to check out what 's happened since, check out his blog. keithfoskett.com/blog/
This is a great hiking read, Thanks Keith. Preparing for mine next year. Cheers! David
p.s. Hope your "friend" sends you that free backpack, I mean really, you did give him a beautiful shot of "full moons" ...
Between these two books, the Camino seemed more charming, and the Pacific Crest Trail more rugged. The last leg of the journey was particularly page-turning, as winter set in and the trail was buried under snow. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, and there were some great characters along the way. (Pockets!!)
Now I'm on to Fozzie's third installment, Balancing On Blue, where he tackles the Appalachian Trail.
Top reviews from other countries
It says on the cover 'Outdoor Book of the Year' TGO Magazine Shortlist. Read Chapter 18 and maybe your view, like mine would be not just that this is a truely great Outdood Book but is also a 'Mindfulness' or even a Selp Help / Self Discovery book. The Last Englishman made me stop to think about why I walk and what walking, albeit much shorter distances, gives to my life and gives to the lives of the characters Fozzie meets along the way.
It isn't a travel guide, a diary or like anything i have ever read. It is like a new genre, an autobiographical travel novel.
Someone ( Malorie Blackman) once said
''Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else's shoes for a while.''
Thank you, Keith.
I have bought his two other books: Balancing on Blue about his thru-hike of the Appalachian trail and The Journey Inbetween about his thru-hike of the Camino Di Santiago and am really looking forward to start to read them. The only reason I haven't read them yet, is because I'm saving them up as a reward for when I've overcome a busy work schedule.
I have read books by other authors who have walked the same trails, but none of them appealed to me as much as Fozzie's writing. His sense of humour is never far away, even during his darker hours. Just total respect and admiration as well as offering a metaphorical kick in the butt to go and walk it myself.