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A Thru-Hiker's Heart: Tales of the Pacific Crest Trail Paperback – March 1, 2009
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Whimsical, mystical, educational, introspective and at times laugh out loud funny, 'No Way' Ray's A Thru-Hiker's Heart is a great read for anyone who loves the outdoors in general and long-distance hiking in particular. Highly recommended. --Scott Herriot, Director of Walk, Still Walking and Even More Walking documentaries
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The writing is humorous, very insightful, and nearly poetic. At some points I would even call it poetic. The words spoke to me, and I was mesmerized by the text.
IIRC, it was a collection of writings by the author that were collected by his girlfriend from various trips on the PCT. Also, IIRC, he never really did the entire PCT all at one time, but did complete it if you all all his partial hikes. And again, if I recall correctly, he died on the trail ultimately.
I have hiked at various points on the trail near us (the Seattle WA area). And on one of those hikes my wife and I witnessed a death on the trail near Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap (near Mt. Rainier) while on a berry hike. It was a sobering experience seeing the bright orange/red body bag go past us on the trail with the somber procession of about 15 volunteer rescue workers.
That same day we also talked with a number of PCT through hikers who had nearly completed the entire trek on the PCT from the Mexican Border to the Canadian border.
This book and that experience combined to make me quite cognizant of my own mortality and value my experiences each day more. Reading the book itself (without the experience we had on the trail) provides a lot of that awareness.
I highly recommend this book.
It also was not in chronological order, which didn't make sense to me; it certainly didn't add to the story and even was confusing in sections. There were also lots of historical bible references, which I just skipped over; I'm not really sure why they were in there.
I'm not really sure it's worth the high price it is now. Maybe wait for it to go on sale or borrow it. My husband and I both enjoyed "A Blistered Kind of Love" better.
Hiker Killed On Pacific Crest Trail
By Michael P. Neufeld
At 6:09 a.m. last Monday, Ray Echols and his wife, Alice, began hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail behind Lake Arrowhead.
Three hours later, Wendell Ray Echols apparently slipped and fell to his death down a 200-foot embankment. His body had to be airlifted to the airfield at The Lost Ranch (formerly Squints Ranch) by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department helicopter.
The Mendocino couple were experienced hikers and were crossing sections of the San Bernardino National Forest on the scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada, zigzagging through California, Oregon and Washington.
Alice Echols told deputies Miguel Placencia and Gregg Carpenter she was hiking about 20 yards behind her husband when he went around a corner and disappeared.
"I called him on his cell phone," Mrs. Echols stated, "and I heard it ring about 15 feet down the steep mountainside. My husband was nowhere to be seen."
A few minutes after Echols disappeared, Terry Thompson from San Diego came down the trail with a hiker partner and heard Mrs. Echols' calls for assistance.
"She had left her backpack on the trail with a note, and she was attempting to go down the slope to try and locate her husband," Thompson explained. "She made motions of distress so I immediately summoned help on my satellite telephone and deputies were dispatched to the scene.
"A friend and I assisted her back to the trail and then took another route down the hillside and discovered Mr. Echols' lifeless body at the bottom of the canyon. We brought Mrs. Echols down to her husband and waited until the Sheriff's helicopter arrived with a physician, who certified the death.
"They were both excellent hikers and this accident is very surprising," Thompson added.