Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks Hardcover – Mar 8 2005
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About the Author
Peter Potterfield is the award-winning writer of In the Zone and Classic Hikes of the World. He is the former editor and publisher of MountainZone .com. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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This book has made me change my choices of which hikes to ad to my life list (Buckskin Gulch, Utah) and which to just read about in amazement (Kalalau Trail, Hawaii).
I was thrilled to see that I had been in the areas close to some trails that he describes: Grand Canyon, Mt Rainier, White Mountains of New Hampshire, Vancouver Island, and the North Cascades. The book inspires me to revisit these places with better plan and preparation.
And he re-hikes one of the great survival hikes in history: the Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island. Nice to read of Potterfield's crossing of the same route - even well equipped he labels it a moderate physical challenge, but a much greater psychological challenge - even for a modern trek, weather there is the biggest factor
I found some hikes that I should re-considered now - The John Muir Trail seems not to be the over-crowded trail I had thought it to be, and is back on the list.
I wasn't looking for a technical manual, nor a travel brochure, this hits just right - human impressions of some great hikes, clear suggestions for what I may find there, and discussions of logistics, strategy, hazards and seasons.
I got two copies of this excellent book, deciding that it would make a great gift for a well-traveled relative who is now an armchair trekker.