Magazine article Geographical

Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles: Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail

Magazine article Geographical

Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles: Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail

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RATTLESNAKES AND BALD EAGLES: Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail

by Chris Townsend

Sandstone Press, pb; 15.99 [pounds sterling]

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The Pacific Crest Trail links Mexico with Canada and runs for 2,650 miles through the rugged landscapes of California, Oregon and Washington. But this is not simply a grand American version of the Pennine Way. The first guidebook, back in 1945, was quite forthright: 'The trail is not a recreational project for the casual camper; it is a serious educational project for building sturdy bodies, sound minds and active patriotic citizenship.' These old-fashioned words were also prophetic, for less than 3,000 hikers have completed the tough six-month trek. More people have reached the top of Mount Everest.

Thirty years ago, Chris Townsend fancied a big adventure and spent four years planning his hike. He hadn't even flown before and was certainly dazed and dazzled when a helpful contact in Los Angeles suggested they met up outside Disneyland. He then headed north through six National Parks and 48 designated Wilderness Areas--this is landscape on a monumental scale--but after two days and 28 miles his feet were so tattered he resorted to running shoes. …

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