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Teetering awkwardly on the brink of insanity, unable to handle life in snowy, cold, ultra-conservative North Idaho, Carl and Erin sold their house and set out in search of a new place to call home. Suddenly finding themselves completely free of responsibilities, jobless, and with a little spare cash in the bank, it didn't take long before their serious search for a new life took some unexpected twists and turns.

"What do you think we should do when we return to the States?" Erin asked Carl, as they sat outside a tiny café sipping coffee. It was a question that had been plaguing her for weeks as they budget-traveled across South East Asia in an attempt to avoid winter (and reality). "I've been thinking about it, and I think we should thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail", was Carl's totally unexpected reply. Spend months on end traipsing through the wilderness, petting bunnies, and chasing rainbows, as they hiked 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada? How could Erin possibly say no?

Life rule number one: Never, ever, turn down an adventure. Friends wagered they wouldn't last a week, but before they knew it, days turned into months as they made their way across America at three miles an hour. As Carl and Erin morphed into Bearclaw and Hummingbird, they found that being hikertrash suited them.

Though they will both admit the trail was life-altering, there were no great epiphanies, no magic answers to all of life's burning questions, no "ah-ha!" moments when suddenly life made sense. This is not a tale of personal growth. Through blisters and shin splints, jaw-dropping landscapes, and craptastically unspectacular forests, searing heat and pouring rain, complete hilarity and utter exhaustion, this is the story of what day-to-day life is really like on one of America's greatest trails. As told through Hummingbird's journal entries, this is the story of life on the trail - the people you meet, the things you see, and how, mile by mile, you eventually become Hikertrash.

©2014 Erin Miller (P)2020 Erin Miller

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The narration is awful


The narration is the worst I’ve ever heard. A valley girl accent with an aversion to the letter “r” and more mispronunciations of basic words than a first grader trying to read the dictionary. The tone seemed to differ greatly from what the authors intended meaning was on many occasions. It came out sounding like Paris Hilton on a very sassy day where everyone had done her wrong.
The story itself is a very long repetitive diary. It was okay. It was a privileged girl who has a distinct loathing for being mistaken for a homeless person.

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  • Stacey Turner
  • 24-05-2020

Great story, not great narration

I love a good thru hiking book. This book is a great story, stays interesting. However, the narrator is hard to listen to. She talks too quickly - slurs some words and sentences together and mispronounces some words (see: voila... “voo-la”). She has a good voice, just needs to slow it down.

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  • dion campbell
  • 30-07-2020

Great trail memoir, terrible narration

If you love trail memoirs, especially about the PCT, this is a pretty solid one. Lots of details about stops, mileage, planning, gear, logistics, and fun along the way. The narrator however DROVE ME NUTS; I almost returned the book. So many mispronunciations, like basic words my 6 year old can read. “Foliage” pronounced as “foil-age” and “repugnant” as “re-pyoo-jant” and things like that. I can overlook one or two but there were A LOT. I still really enjoyed the book though.

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  • Kim
  • 05-12-2020

A great trail story. A tough listen.

I listen to just about every trail story I can. This one was well written and enjoyable but I’m sorry to say that I agree with criticisms of the narration. The narrator has a lovely voice but the incessant garbled words and mispronunciations were maddening and very much detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book. I can forgive marginal narration when a story is told by the author since this lends an authenticity to the work but when the narrator is presumably a professional, it’s hard to overlook a persistently flawed performance.

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  • Daryl Bergmann
  • 11-06-2020

Great motivation

Great story. Loved the way it went day by day. It look me along with them step by step wishing I was on the trail along side of them. looking forward to a thru hike some day.

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  • Darcilla/PeacocksandPurls
  • 23-07-2020

great descriptions of trail life!

loved it! narrator was lively and enthusiastic. couldnt put it down. Very descriptive of trail life and tribulations.

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  • human.devor
  • 25-05-2020

Entertaining

Still in the first half, but so far so good, great narration, thanks Erin & Tracy for the enjoyable listen!

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  • Carla Bradley
  • 08-06-2021

So, so, many incorrect words

First: great story. I enjoy thru-hiking stories so much I can handle the downside of this audio book -- all the incorrectly said words. A combination of mispronuncians and straight up incorrect words was so distracting I almost decided to make a game of counting them. But I hate to blame the narrator. Surely narrating for hours on end can result in such issues, but isn't there supposed to be an editor or producer who listens to the final product?

Still, since I can't thru-hike for months on end myself, this was a worthwhile, mostly enjoyable book for me. If you're able, it might be best to read instead of listen to this one.

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  • Clark V. Kauffman
  • 31-05-2021

Terrible narration

The story is enjoyable enough but the narrator is awful. Or, to be more precise, the pacing of her narration is awful. Sentences that were written to resonate are delivered at a breakneck pace and there’s actually less of a pause between the sentences and the ends of chapters than there are between most clauses within sentences. I could tolerate the narration only by slowing the playback speed to an unnatural .8 To be fair, some of this could be due to poor editing, not the narrator herself.

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  • AL
  • 11-04-2021

Great story and writing, meh performance

I greatly enjoyed the story. The mis-pronounced words and and stumbles distracted. Performer has very fast rate of speech making it hard to keep up.

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  • Josamali
  • 07-04-2021

OK story, but terrible narration

Agree with other reviews about the narration. I listened to a couple of hours and just couldn't get past it. The mispronounced words, the lack of inflection, the terrible attempt at changing voices for different characters, and the slurring. I returned the book because I just couldn't take it.

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  • Farrah Herbert
  • 11-09-2020

Great account of the PCT

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely walk the PCT someday.. Love the trail name Hummimg Bird too. I've read lots on this subject and seen a bunch of documentaries and films, it seems you guys coasted it.

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