Lisa Brady, October 19, 2009 (view all comments by Lisa Brady)
This book is funny and maddening at the same time. I keep looking at D. White's photo on the back cover thinking "he did WHAT?" It's a great read overall.
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OCurran, January 24, 2009 (view all comments by OCurran)
This author sure used a lot of filler before getting to anything interesting of his and girlfriends journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. I suppose this adventure was a good learning device for them to be trekkers'and that is what interested me. I sure can think of more scenic and enjoyable treks to take !
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Christopher Harper, June 24, 2008 (view all comments by Christopher Harper)
Not a guide book by any means, but a memoir that will have you craving more. For those who have, have not, and may hike the PCT. I truly enjoyed this book and D. White does a fabulous job of humbling himself to Mother Earth and those creatures around him. An excellent, quick read.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Traversing broiling deserts, snowy mountain passes and dank rain forests on its crooked way from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Coast Trail is an epic challenge for die-hard backpackers. White and his girlfriend, Melissa, set out, late in the season and bereft of experience, to tread all 2,650 miles of it, leaving behind lousy reporting jobs and hoping to find self-definition and a deepened relationship. (They call their trek the Lois and Clark Expedition.) Hilarious greenhorn misadventures ensue — including the author's ill-advised chomp, while dizzy with dehydration, into a reputedly moisture-laden prickly-pear cactus — that tested their survival skills and commitment as a couple. The trail becomes less an itinerary than a world unto itself, full of squalor, discomfort and majestic scenery, and peopled by charismatic misfits and an austere cult of ultra-light speed-hikers, as the couple rely on arcane camping gear and bizarre gummy-bear-and-marshmallow diets. The wilderness authenticity the author seeks proves elusive; all journey and no destination, the story itself eventually trails off with the hero even more callow and confused than when he started. Still, White's vivid prose and hangdog humor make readers want to keep up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"White polishes up these memories, serving them forth with brio and dash....Brings a fresh perspective to the timeworn adventure-travel genre."
by Eric Blehm, National Outdoor Book Award-winning author of The Last Season,
"In the well-written, laugh-out-loud, self-deprecating spirit of Bill Bryson's A Walk In The Woods and Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally, Dan White takes us along for a walk on the wild side of adventure and love. I could not put it down."
In this hilarious and harrowing account of a young couple's hike along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, White shares the hardships they face as he and his girlfriend confront nature, themselves, and each other.
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