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Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail Paperback – October 26, 2010
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Born and raised in Macon, Georgia Bachelors and Masters Degree University of Georgia in Accounting. Commodities broker in Chicago and London for 14 years. Teacher of English as a second language in four Latin American countries for three years. Author of Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail. Just finished a book on the Camino de Santiago (The Best Way--To see the Old Continent).
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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. Nearly every page took me back to the trail where I remembered quite vividly the internal struggle that was going on as I looked ahead to the next set of switchbacks or waterless stretch of trail. Those conflicts are what I sensed again as I read The Highs and Lows of the PCT. I trust, however, that even those who have never set foot upon the Pacific Crest Trail will get an accurate taste of what life on the trail is like, the risks and challenges inherent to it, and some of the people you meet along the way.
3 1/2 stars. 1 because it isn't the best, mind-blowing book you can find on the PCT, and 1/2 because he repeatedly calls Donner Pass "Donner's Pass" throughout the book- way to annoy a local.