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Zero Days: The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly, and 10-year-old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest Trail Paperback – November 29, 2007
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It is utterly amazing that a family with a 10-year old would undertake such an adventure. What's perhaps more amazing is that "Scrambler" (Mary Chambers) consented to the trip, and flourished! An inspiring story!
This is a delightful book from several angles. First there is the fascinating story of Mary herself, alternately a young adult and then a child again as she grows and matures on the trail. A nice touch are the reproductions of Mary's journals, which made for great reading. (As an aside, I wish all 5th graders were such good spellers!) Planning a hike like the PCT is not easy, and doing it with a 10 year old provides several extra challenges, such as which stuffed animal must come along for the trip. The author also describes the town stops (the title is derived from these) and explains some of the problems that come with brief returns to civilization, including the tendency to quit hiking. And there are the 'usual' traumas which people who do not hike for distance may not even think of.Read more ›
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The author details the pain and hardships of how she and her family (including their ten year old daughter) were "thru-hikers" (boarder to boarder) on the PCT. Read morePublished 16 months ago by DLeppke
I don't understand why so many people who walk the PCT think he experience makes them an author. Half the time you don't know where the heck this woman is, she goes from the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Katherine McCormick
The book was a wedding gift as the couple will Honeymoon hiking this trail! I mailed this book to Ms. Egbert and she was kind enough to have the entire family sign the book!! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rhonda J. Masters
This story is unique and should be recommended reading for all parents. A mother, father, and their daughter take on hiking the entire 2,650 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Grace Greenwood
Couldn't finish this one, though premise of book is amazing. Slow, too much detail, etc..Published on August 2, 2014 by ACD
Author has a taken a thoughtful approach to writing about their adventure in that each chapter describes a different aspect of the trip. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Michael Barrs
I liked reading yet another trail narrative of the PCT. this one had a different twist, by not being told in a chronological manner, but rather, broken up into subjects. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Amyj