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Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail

Narrated by: Tracy Fawns
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.