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Backpacker Magazine Article Lists Eleven Key Tips for Female Hikers

Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Books by Bill Walker | 0 comments

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/11-key-tips-for-female-thru-hikers/#bp=0/img1 The above is a link to a Backpacker Magazine article listing eleven key tips for female hikers. Well I’m not a female hiker. But I do meet and counsel many aspiring female hikers. And these tips sound spot on. Perhaps my favorite would be the advice to “Be pragmatic, but not wary.” Yes, obviously women have to be a bit more pragmatic on the trail. It is great that they can hitchhike to town for resupply so easily; but it always must be remembered...

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Skywalker Hiking Books–Free Amazon Kindle For KDP Select Members

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in 'Getting High--The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal', free Amazon Kindle, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Bill Walker, author of the Skywalker hiking books, offers his books for free upload on Amazon Kindle for KDP Select members. These books include Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago, and Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

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Free Amazon Kindle Upload of ‘The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago’ This Weekend

Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Books on El Camino de Santiago, free Amazon Kindle | 0 comments

Bill Walker, author of the Skywalker hiking books on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Camino de Santiago, is offering a free upload on Amazon Kindle of his popular travel narrative, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago on Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th.

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Movie ‘Wild’ Helping Sales of Pacific Crest Trail Books

Posted by on February 2, 2015 in pacific crest trail books, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, and written by Cheryl Strayed, has sharply ratcheted up interest in the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, running from Mexico to Canada. While some may view this with alarm, I feel just the opposite. The population of hikers would have to practically dectuple before it reached the Appalachian Trail level of density. And I vividly remember long stretches of complete, eerie solitude. It’s all to the good. The more the better. Bill Walker is the author of Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific...

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Pacific Crest Trail Offers Extremes in Both Weather and Terrain

Posted by on December 23, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

“The Appalachian Trail is more difficult step-for-step, but the Pacific Crest Trail offers greater extremes.” That is the conventional wisdom. And unlike conventional wisdom on Wall Street, hiking community conventional wisdom is often correct. Indeed the PCT traverses 703 miles of desert before even entering the ‘High Sierra’. While not actually on the PCT most thru-hikers do attempt to go up Mount. Whitney, the highest point in the Lower 48 at 14,480 feet. Thru-hikers camp out above 10,000 feet for several nights in...

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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve: a haven for hikers

Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Books by Bill Walker | 0 comments

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve: a haven for hikers Situated in the Little San Bernardino Mountains is a treasure called Big Morongo Canyon. The canyon is high in natural diversity due to it being in the middle of Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Big Morongo Canyon’s desert oasis, which is recognized as one of the most important avian habitats in California by the Audubon Society, is home to Cottonwood and Willow Riparian. The Big Morongo Canyon has numerous trails for hikers to enjoy. The Preserve is open every day from 7:30 in the morning until...

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Pacific Crest Trail Is More Dangerous, Exhilirating Than Appalachian Trail

Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

October is that time of the year. The search and rescue teams in the northern Cascades are busy. Much busier than any such teams in Maine. In both places, thru-hikers are finishing their long journeys. While Maine is as gorgeous of a place as one can find on this earth, it is no match, in one respect, for Washington State in the northern Cascades. Peril. Put simply, the northern Cascades receive more snow than anywhere else in the Lower 48. “Be finished by October 1st, PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) thru-hikers are advised at the annual PCT...

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Which Hiking Movie Will Be Popular–Bryson’s Appalachian Trail Movie or Strayed’s Pacific Crest Trail One

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

https://www.facebook.com/ATHike/photos/a.142376382395.123009.16218202395/10152395520887396/?type=1&theater I am happy to report to those of you of ‘outdoor ilk’ that the rumors you have heard are not, in fact, rumors. Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ is in fact now a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It will be widely available to the public during the upcoming holiday season. Better yet, the film you have been hearing about for ten years that never was...

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Skywalker Appalachian Trail Book #2 in Amazon Non-Fiction Sports and Outdoor

Posted by on December 14, 2014 in 'Getting High--The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal', Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail now has an Amazon #2 ranking on Amazon for non-fiction, sports, outdoor, and camping. It is the tale of 6’11” Bill Walker’s thru-hike of the 2,663 mile Appalachian National Scenic trail running from Georgia to northern Maine which he calls “the journey of a lifetime.” Walker is also the author of  several popular hiking books including Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago, and Getting...

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Pacific Crest Trail Moves Into National Consciousness

Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

The Appalachian Trail is America’s great trail of the masses. Nothing can–or should–ever replace that. That was Benton McKaye’s plan from the beginning, given the proximity of the Appalachain Mountain Range to the nation’s great population centers. The Pacific Crest Trail is America’s other great trail; better yet, it is becoming greater by the minute, as hostels, trail maintainers, guidebooks, and the like spring up. For those of you worried that the experience will no longer be pristine, I say,...

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