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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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Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ Makes Her a Hero to A Certain Type of Woman

Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Pacific Crest Trail, Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

“Did you hear?” a hiker friend from the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) asked me. “The number of people at the Kickoff was almost double. And the number of women tripled.” Folks, can we all agree that’s good news! And please don’t read too much into it! Just a quick synopsis: the number of women on America’s other great footpath, the Appalachian Trail, has increased to approximately half the hiker population. But the Pacific Crest Trail–until recently–was nowhere near that. But it is changing....

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Hiking Books Make Great Christmas Gifts Because….

Posted by on December 6, 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

What are you looking for in a Christmas gift? Obviously, your answer could be a million things. Some of you–if you are like me–are probably just looking to check the box. Done. Move on to next item. But let me please suggest this. My most memorable gifts over the years have been those that enabled, as opposed to provided a temporary surge of pleasure. Personally speaking, I came up with the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail after reading Bill Bryson’s bestselling, A Walk in the Woods. Many are gaining similar impetus from...

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Film Reviews Coming in for ‘Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’

Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments

This is the link to a sample film review for Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, starring Reese Witherspoon, based on Cheryl Strayed’s book. Hopes are that this movie will help ratchet up foot traffic on the 2,663 mile Pacific Crest Trail which runs from Mexico to Canada. In a country with a 30% obesity rate (tragic in my opinion) that is nothing but a good thing. And let me say this about Miss Strayed’s book. She has gotten a fairly large sampling of one-star reviews, with comments along the lines of...

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Female Hikers Flock to Pacific Crest Trail In Wake of Cheryl Strayed Book, ‘Wild’

Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, Women Hikers | 0 comments

The Appalachian Trail has traditionally been the safe haven of choice for female hikers. Why? The main reason given is the expansive trail community. Quite simply, with that many of your fellow hikers around, along with the frequent trail towns, hiker hostels, trail magic, and the like, a woman has more protection on the AT. Frankly, this reasoning is sound. Yes, long-distance hiking is generally about as safe as regular life in the ‘real world’. But humans being humans–and males being males–occasionally there are...

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