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Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks Hardcover – Mar 8 2005

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (March 8 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393057968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393057966
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2.3 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book ! March 28 2005
By R. Pauli - Published on Amazon.com
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I will skip the debate about which hikes are the world's greatest, and greatly admire this book as a current, concise and nicely illustrated presentation. Potterfield lays it out as clearly as a trail guide and attractively as a travel agent. But most of all, these are all hikes he has made. Very professional and personal.

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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars motivation for a boomer to move March 23 2006
By S. Hills - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If I do one of these glorious hikes each year I'll be .....78???? when I get done...guess I better start with the hard ones. Definitely a motivator to get out and see this wonderful world we live in. All the info and great pics make it easy to do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of scenic hikes Feb. 29 2008
By Nathan Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book provides both a high level overview of 23 hikes from around the world, and some planning details such as transportation, dangers, seasons, etc. Highly recommended for people interested in hikes that are both scenic and challenging. The book is a little weighted toward north american hikes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hikes of the World Jan. 11 2009
By George H. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book after attending a presentation about the book by the author. The photographs in the book are beautiful and the description of each hike makes you feel as if you are there. I will never make any of the hikes, but I now have an appreciation for these hikes. If you are planning on making hikes this difficult, I believe this book would be very helpful in selecting which hikes are best for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks Nov. 3 2006
By Rollin H. Wickenden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best books I have read that deal with different treks around the world. I appreciate the author's suggestions for preparation for the hikes and his detail about how to arrive at the trailhead. I recommend this book for its detailed information on some of the world's best treks.