Free Amazon Kindle Upload of Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail
Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Bill Walker, will be available for free upload on Amazon Kindle on Monday and Tuesday, January 21-22. This cutting edge narrative is about 6’11” Skywalker’s (Bill Walker) 2009 thru-hike attempt of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail, and has sold steadily since its publication two years ago.
Like all Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers, Skywalker was blown away by the trail’s stunning diversity. A thru-hiker is forced to schlep through the desert for 703 miles, before entering the ‘High Sierra’. This includes Mount Whitney and Forrester’s Pass, the highest point on the actual PCT. Later on in California, thru-hikes pass through Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain, Lake Tahoe, and Squaw Valley. In Oregon, the trail runs right around the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake. It also passes right along Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Finally, the trail comes to a close in the northern Cascades which run all the way to the Canadian border.
Cold nighttime weather and serial weight loss (43 pounds), along with getting lost, dogged Skywalker for much of the way. But he eventually came to the conclusion that the Pacific Crest Trail is not only the most gorgeous place he has ever been, but the very best way to see the wonders of the American West. “I will be thinking about the PCT on my deathbed,” Walker concludes nostalgically.
Bill Walker is the author of Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail (2011). He is also the author of Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, as well as The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago (2012). Walker, who is nearly 7-feet tall, is currently working on a whimsical book on the subject of height.