Almost Somewhere

Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

Author: Suzanne Roberts

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803243995

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 2970

Day One, and already she was lying in her journal. It was 1993, Suzanne Roberts had just finished college, and when her friend suggested they hike California’s John Muir Trail, the adventure sounded like the perfect distraction from a difficult home life and thoughts about the future. But she never imagined that the twenty-eight-day hike would change her life. Part memoir, part nature writing, part travelogue, Almost Somewhere is Roberts’s account of that hike. John Muir had written of the Sierra Nevada as a “vast range of light,” and this was exactly what Roberts was looking for. But traveling with two girlfriends, one experienced and unflappable and the other inexperienced and bulimic, she quickly discovered that she needed a new frame of reference. Her story of a month in the backcountry—confronting bears, snowy passes, broken equipment, injuries, and strange men—is as much about finding a woman’s way into outdoor experience as it is about the natural world she so eloquently describes. Candid and funny and, finally, wise, Almost Somewhere is not just the whimsical coming-of-age story of a young woman ill-prepared for a month in the mountains but also the reflection of a distinctly feminine view of nature.

Discovering the John Muir Trail

An Inspirational Guide to America’s Most Beautiful Hike

Author: Damon Corso

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493031252

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 4059

From beginners to thru-hikers, Discovering the John Muir Trail has something for anyone that wants a connection with what Backpacker Magazine has called “The best hike in the world.” Taking on the JMT is a pilgrimage because of both its beauty and accessibility. Let Damon Corso guide you across the best trails that the John Muir Trail has to offer. Complete with full-color photography of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from acclaimed photographs like Galen Rowell and Jimmy Chin, you’ll also have hikes suited to every ability, mile-by-mile directional cues, sidebars, and maps.

The Map of Enough

One Woman's Search for Place

Author: Molly

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619023539

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7753

Molly Caro May grew up as part of a nomadic family, one proud of their international sensibilities, a tribe that never settled in one place for very long. Growing up moving from foreign country to foreign country, just like her father and grandfather, she became attached to her identity as a global woman from nowhere. But, on the verge of turning thirty years old, everything changed. Molly and her fiancé Chris suddenly move to 107 acres in Montana, land her family owns but rarely visits, with the idea of staying for only a year. Surrounded by tall grass, deep woods, and the presence of predators, the young couple starts the challenging and often messy process of building a traditional Mongolian yurt from scratch. They finally finish just on the cusp of winter, in a below-zero degree snowstorm. For Molly it is her first real home, yet a nomadic one, this one concession meant to be dissembled and moved at will. Yurt-life gives her rare exposure to nature, to the elements, to the wildlife all around them. It also feels contrary to the modern world, and this triggers in Molly an exploration of what home means to the emergent generation. In today’s age, has globalization and technology taught us that something better, the next best thing, is always out there? How does any young adult establish roots, and how do we decide what kind of life we want to lead? How much, ever, is enough?

Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail

Author: Inga Aksamit

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997061802

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 218

View: 6858

This lively account of a woman's trek on the John Muir Trail is a must-read for those who plan to hike the trail or armchair travelers who want to live the adventure vicariously. Written in journal style, the author's description of the majestic scenery, comradery of trail friends and challenges of the terrain are engaging and informative.

John Muir Trail

The Essential Guide to Hiking America's Most Famous Trail

Author: Elizabeth Wenk

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 0899977367

Category: Travel

Page: 304

View: 9573

Elizabeth Wenk's authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities. Useful essentials are updated GPS coordinates and maps for prominent campsites (along with an updated list of sites along the trail), trail junctions, bear boxes, and other points of interest. The trail descriptions also include natural and human history to provide a workout for both body and mind — a must-have for any Muir Trail enthusiast. Note that the text includes the southbound trail description, while the full guide with the northbound description is available as a separate ebook product.

Dirt Work

An Education in the Woods

Author: Christine Byl

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807001015

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 9862

A lively and lyrical account of one woman’s unlikely apprenticeship on a national-park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work Christine Byl first encountered the national parks the way most of us do: on vacation. But after she graduated from college, broke and ready for a new challenge, she joined a Glacier National Park trail crew as a seasonal “traildog” maintaining mountain trails for the millions of visitors Glacier draws every year. Byl first thought of the job as a paycheck, a summer diversion, a welcome break from “the real world” before going on to graduate school. She came to find out that work in the woods on a trail crew was more demanding, more rewarding—more real—than she ever imagined. During her first season, Byl embraces the backbreaking difficulty of the work, learning how to clear trees, move boulders, and build stairs in the backcountry. Her first mentors are the colorful characters with whom she works—the packers, sawyers, and traildogs from all walks of life—along with the tools in her hands: axe, shovel, chainsaw, rock bar. As she invests herself deeply in new work, the mountains, rivers, animals, and weather become teachers as well. While Byl expected that her tenure at the parks would be temporary, she ends up turning this summer gig into a decades-long job, moving from Montana to Alaska, breaking expectations—including her own—that she would follow a “professional” career path. Returning season after season, she eventually leads her own crews, mentoring other trail dogs along the way. In Dirt Work, Byl probes common assumptions about the division between mental and physical labor, “women’s work” and “men’s work,” white collars and blue collars. The supposedly simple work of digging holes, dropping trees, and blasting snowdrifts in fact offers her an education of the hands and the head, as well as membership in an utterly unique subculture. Dirt Work is a contemplative but unsentimental look at the pleasures of labor, the challenges of apprenticeship, and the way a place becomes a home.

Plan and Go

All You Need to Know to Complete One of the World's Greatest Trails: the John Muir Trail

Author: Gerret Kalkoffen

Publisher: Sandiburg Press

ISBN: 9780692208939

Category: Backpacking

Page: 150

View: 5074

The ultimate guide on how to prepare for and hike the John Muir trail. The main goal is to save you time, money, and make you feel confident about completing this incredible adventure.

The Middle of Somewhere

Author: Sonja Yoerg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451472144

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9163

A troubled, young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail to elude her shameful past in this emotionally gripping story from the author of House Broken. With her thirtieth birthday looming, Liz Kroft is heading for the hills--literally. Her emotional baggage weighs her down more than her backpack, but a three-week trek promises the solitude she craves--at least until her boyfriend, Dante, decides to tag along. His broad moral streak makes the prospect of confessing her sins more difficult, but as much as she fears his judgment, she fears losing him more. Maybe. They set off together alone under blue skies, but it's not long before storms threaten and two strange brothers appear along the trail. Amid the jagged, towering peaks, Liz must decide whether to admit her mistakes and confront her fears, or face the trail, the brothers and her future alone.

Walk the Sky

Following the John Muir Trail

Author: Mark Schlenz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692088227

Category:

Page: 136

View: 4617

Photographic Essay of the John Muir Trail in California's Sierra Nevada Range; history of the trail's construction.

Girl in the Woods

A Memoir

Author: Aspen Matis

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062291084

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 7569

Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from telling of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester—a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college's "conflict mediation" process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: She would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada. In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each thirty-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents' disappointing reaction. On the trail and on her own, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance. She found her strength. After a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again—and heal. Told with elegance and suspense, Girl in the Woods is a beautifully rendered story of eroding emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie beyond the edges of the map.

I Hike

Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking

Author: Lawton Grinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985241506

Category: Adventure and adventurers

Page: 204

View: 4844

“I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade.” And so goes Lawton Grinter’s compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable. Between jobs and in search of something more, Lawton Grinter spent the better part of a decade hiking America’s longest trails. In doing so he came face to face with things that go bump in the night, the kindness of strangers, a close encounter with hypothermia and the absurd rights of passage common to the eccentric people that call themselves long-distance hikers. Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more!

Four Boots, One Journey

A Story of Survival, Awareness and Rejuvenation on the John Muir Trail

Author: Jeff Alt

Publisher: Beaufort Books

ISBN: 9780825307362

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 8614

Recounts the experiences of the author and his wife as they hiked the 218 mile John Muir Trail.

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

Author: John Muir

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Frontier and pioneer life

Page: 2

View: 4944

John Muir (1838-1914), whose writings about the natural world have shaped the conservation and environmental movements for more than a century, wrote this autobiographical account near the end of his life about his childhood in Dunbar, Scotland, his immigration to America (1849), his adolescence on a pioneer farmstead near Kingston, Wisconsin, and his student years at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth reveals the evolution of Muir's scientific curiosity and the beginnings of his reverential attitude towards nature. Treating his encounters with wildlife as high adventure, he gives especially informed attention to bird life in both Scotland and Wisconsin.

Lost and Found

A John Muir Trail Thru-Hike

Author: Michelle Brownie Pugh

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781535211284

Category:

Page: 308

View: 6921

When she found herself craving a new challenge, Michelle "Brownie" Pugh set her eyes on the John Muir Trail-a hiking trail traversing 211 miles from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney in California. Heralded by Backpacker Magazine as the best long-distance trail in the country, the John Muir Trail boasts scenic and demanding mileage through the High Sierras. In Lost and Found Pugh details her experiences from planning and training to the trail itself. The serene beauty of high mountain passes and alpine lakes is mixed with hilarious tales of river crossings, hail storms, altitude sickness, and hiking companions. You're guaranteed to laugh out loud, and possibly head out to purchase your own pair of hiking boots.

The River at Night

Author: Erica Ferencik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501143190

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 9903

Winifred Allen and her friends go on a rafting trip to the Allagash. A freak accident leaves the women stranded and to survive Wini needs to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

How to Read a Book

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476790159

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 9908

Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.

Pilgrims of the Vertical

Yosemite Rock Climbers and Nature at Risk

Author: Joseph E. Taylor III,Joseph E Taylor

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674058607

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

View: 6680

Pilgrims of the Vertical (a phrase borrowed from climber-turned-entrepreneur Royal Robbins) is at once a chronicle of how the sport evolved in Yosemite and a fascinating social history that considers climbing in the larger context of American life...For the general reader, the book makes a fine introduction to the history of climbing and Yosemite's special place in its development.

The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail

A Memoir of Discovery, Endurance and a Lazy Dog

Author: Kevin Runolfson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786456819

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 228

View: 7278

This upbeat nitty-gritty memoir, based on the author’s 2001 trail journal, chronicles one man’s hike the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, beginning just north of Atlanta and finishing six months later in Maine. The journey included adventures with a faithful and eccentric dog, a new romance, and the challenges and triumphs of walking 2167 miles in all kinds of weather.

A Blistered Kind of Love

One Couple's Trial by Trail

Author: Dustin (Duffy) Ballard,Angela Ballard

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594852103

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6322

* Winner of the 2003 Barbara Savage Miles from Nowhere Award * A blend of romance, humor, and adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail * Written in "he said/she said" alternating chapters, this young couple each tell their own story They're not sure which came first -- falling in love with each other or falling in love with the idea of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (the length of California, Oregon, and Washington). At the trailhead, the young couple was warned that there would be tears, that each would have to find their own separate pace, and that at times the tent would seem awfully small for the two of them. They were told that their biggest obstacles to success would be . . . each other. Their first surprise: freeze-dried meals do funny things to your GI- tract. Their first fight: when Angela noticed that Duffy's long legs propel him along the trail faster than she can muster. But on they pressed -- encountering snakes, bears, and fellow thru-hikers with trail names like Crazy Legs and Catch 23. They baked in the deserts of Southern California, gazed awestruck at the snowy, serrated peaks of the High Sierra, and attempted to hide from Northern Washington's seemingly incessant rain. One hundred thirty two days of Pacific Crest Trail later, they made it -- blisters and all.

Wild. Film Tie-In

A Journey from Lost to Found

Author: Cheryl Strayed,James Roxburgh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782394877

Category:

Page: 336

View: 7049

A Journey From Lost to Found. At 26, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on the map. This account captures the agonies - both mental and physical - of her incredible journey.