- File Size: 1377 KB
- Print Length: 371 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W4RICAM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 371 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "The Patient" by Jasper DeWitt
"The Patient is a fascinating and frightening read that comes at you like the monster under your bed." - Reed Farrel Coleman Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I cannot understand why this book has so many high ratings. I've read a number of other day-by-day hiking journals, so I knew what to expect. I know there is a lot of repetition and monotony, because that's part of the real thru-hiking experience. (For example, I very much enjoyed Hikertrash by Elin Miller) But this book was in it's own league.
The author is thoroughly unlikable.The complaining is incessant. Reading about her expectations of and interactions with other people are solely cringey. She makes mistake after mistake, regularly runs out of food and water, and learns nothing as she goes. I mean, if four months into your hike you still haven't figured out your basic food and water needs, should you even be hiking?
Our journeys were completely different and yet, in most ways, exactly the same. When reading her book I was amazed at how eloquently she was able to capture the experience. She put words to my thoughts about the trail. Just reading the teaser paragraph excerpt at the front of the book about the wind in So. Cal., I was in that maelstrom of wind again and she got it exactly right. In forty years of backpacking I had never been in wind like that. I was unable to describe it and yet Carrot effortlessly pitches you into the chaotic scene in a few crisp sentences. I was "blown away"- pun intended. She gives us a glimpse at the day to day drudgery and the amazing bits of brilliant magic that was my experience on that "18 inch by 2660 mile highway." She crafts her story well and is not afraid to lay her soul bare.
If you want a well written true account of what a thru-hike of the PCT is like look no further. No two treks of the PCT are ever the same and yet they are. Thanks, Carrot, for put words to the shared experiences of thru-hikers everywhere. -SlowBro
Like i mentioned this is one of the better thru-hike books i have read, most of the others are bland and only focus on flora and fauna or are gruelling because it is a rigid daily journal. Carrot infuses the daily journal with insight and silliness but doesn't take aways from how long and repetitive a 2600 miles hike it. Understanding how difficult the hike is can be hard to grasp but as a writer i would think you would need to convey how serious this hike is without boring us to death.
Some might ask, is this like Wild? no not really. I would say Wild is beautiful but it doesn't illustrate the length of the PCT very well. Wild is stylized to be a good novel and it succeeded but it doesn't give you "daily life" feel that is so characteristic of a thru-hike. I think Wild and this book are just two different approaches.
One that same token if you are not into hiking or the PCT the book probably won't resonate as well, but that kind of goes without saying.
Top international reviews
For those who are yet to take that journey it shows you that the most ordinary people can do the most extraordinary things....by taking one step at a time.
I have read many books... this the first review I have been inclined to write.
This book, which is the account of the author's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 has some excellent writing. There are points during the second part where the flow of the narrative breaks up, but things pick up nicely in the final parts where the quality of the prose is just excellent. I haven't been reading as much as I have liked recently, but I raced through this book, first too quickly because I wanted to slow down and savour the adventure. I consistently felt as though I was in the author's shoes, to the point where having read her experiences I want to plan a similar trip in the near future.
In a word, inspiring.
I took a lot away from having read this book. Go for it take the plunge, purchase and read, you will not be disappointed.
I have listened to this book several times.
A must read (or listen to) if you are interested in the PCT.
There is a story of true friendship, and a personal, emotional journey.
The wonder of beautiful writing and how it can resonate; I may have been working on-call on the other side of the ocean, I have also been dream-walking the PCT whilst reading this wonderful book!
A fellow hiker