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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Mexico to Canada

Narrated by: Bruce "Buck" Nelson
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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One April morning I left the Mexico border and walked north on the Pacific Crest Trail. For five months I hiked through the California desert, the snows of the Sierra Nevada, and the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington. My goal was to succeed in an epic challenge: to hike 2,650 miles and reach Canada before the October snows.

It was an unforgettable summer of sunrises, river crossings, and high mountain passes; of physical and mental challenges and peaceful wilderness camps under the stars. In the fall colors of September I reached the border of Canada. This is the story of my thru-hike.

©2018 Bruce "Buck" Nelson (P)2019 Bruce "Buck" Nelson

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great insite into the p c t hiking world,

great insite into the p c t hiking world, would re read well re listing

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  • Ronda
  • 04-07-2019

Trail journal published for money...

I have read several accounts of thru trail hikers on different long distance trails and this one was the least enjoyable. This man has had the opportunity to have wonderful excursions into the wilderness. He completes these trips alone. As he comes across as judgmental, quick tempered, impatient, and self centered, this is a good way to complete his chosen adventures. There are several times he boasts of his navigation skills and then spends time complaining of back tracking and being lost. He boasts of always treating his water because he knows the dangers of not doing so only to end up getting sick from bad water. He writes of his “friends”. These people seem to be in his life to merely mail his packages, give him shelter when he’s near, and take care of his dog for five months. He becomes angry with one friend he’s known for years when while she is having some trouble with adjusting to moving to a new state, a new job and the loss of her pet, she mails one of his packages late so that he almost missed it on the trail. They end up not speaking for years. I wouldn’t want this person as a friend- he’s a taker and a curmudgeon. I found it off-putting that he goes out of his way to write about his unkindness to another hiker on the trail whom he does not know. What happened to hike your own hike? Overall all I felt that this was written to gain enough funds to pay for the next great adventure. The only time he spoke at a reasonable pace was when giving the location where his other books can be purchased. Enjoy the adventure but be kind as well. His writing style reads like journal entries. His narration is off putting as he reads very fast and seems to just want to be done.

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  • Eva S. Nichols
  • 02-09-2020

Narrator Takes away from an excellent book

I wish the narrator was better. The intonation and pace of the reading really do not do this book and story justice. Lack of pauses between sentences and paragraphs are super distracting. Just because you are a good writer and storyteller doesn’t mean you are a good oral performer.

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  • Scott
  • 12-08-2020

Great detail

Geat detail on some memorable aspects of the trail that I've experienced. I came up over Red Pass with that great glacial valley in the morning sun with Glacier Peak in the background with a sudden buzz by of a fighter pilot. Truly a perfect experience!

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  • Julia
  • 19-07-2020

excited for the next adventure

Excellent. Loved living vicariously through Colter. Easy to follow and well read. I was actually sad when it was over.

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  • Chaz
  • 12-07-2020

Great Story of Hiking the PCT

I absolutely loved this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Bruce "Buck" Nelson's ability to share his experience in such a way as to make the reader/listener feel as though they were an active participant in the journey. Buck is great at providing descriptive and humorous narration throughout his entire journey of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I have already started listening to it for a second time because the book makes me feel like I am actually backpacking the PCT. The book is not intended to be a fully sufficient guide book for through hiking the PCT, but if you are considering hiking the PCT, or considering any kind of through hike, I would recommend reading this book to gain a better understanding of the ups and downs, highs and lows, and ins/outs of a through hiker experience. Thanks, Buck, for documenting your adventure and sharing it with the world! -- Hot Lunch

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  • Ernie G
  • 25-05-2020

Great story

I enjoying this book very much.i felt there alongside Buch as he shared his adventure

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  • Travis Neville
  • 30-04-2020

Great book for a long drive.

The stories of Buck are fascinating. He is very detailed in his book about the PCT and his hike.

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  • Cdamore
  • 27-04-2020

Great storytelling!!

Bruce is a master storyteller and it feels like you’re right there with him. Can’t wait to listen to more from him!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2019

very entertaining.

Great story loved the details about the relationships along the way and the recap at the end of people who were in the book that finished.

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  • Bruce
  • 10-08-2019

Interesting story of hiking the PCT

Bru e doesn't just talk about the hike, he shares tidbits of wisdom. I especially liked when mentioned the Jefferson Wilderness in Oregon or catching the bus to Stehiken, WA both places I backpacked in.