Carrot Quinn fears that she's become addicted to the Internet. The city makes her numb, and she's having trouble connecting with others. In a desperate move, she breaks away from everything to walk 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be her first long-distance hike.
In the desert of Southern California, Carrot faces many challenges, both physical and emotional: pain, injury, blisters, aching cold and searing heat, dehydration, exhaustion, loneliness. In the wilderness she happens upon and becomes close with an eclectic group of strangers - people she wouldn't have chanced to meet in the "regular world" but who are brought together, here on the trail, by their one common goal: to make it to Canada before the snow flies.
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After finishing this book, I found I craved the narrator's voice and being on the trail with Carrot, so I started listening again. It's become the backdrop for life these days, and I listen as I drive, as I lay down to sleep, whenever I want to escape to the trail. It has re-opened the world of thru hiking for me just when I needed it! PCT '85
thank you, Carrot, for carrying me and your readers on your journey, and for sharing your heart so fully. and thank you, Erin, for being such a soulful and solid conveyance of Carrot's experience as reader. Carrot, my reluctance to read the story of someone so different in age and in so many ways dissipated as your writing drew me in to remember all that binds us. I greatly appreciated your sharing of your shifting emotions and thoughts and your hunger, your, solutions, and your missteps. i was constantly rewinding so as to miss no detail. i hope this book sells well for you, Carrot. you are such a fine raconteur. I listened to the story in my car and on planes. i started to feel like I was right with you. i found myself searching for trail food in grocery stores and shivering when you were cold. i wanted to spirit you off to a physician so many times to fix your ailments. we readers/listners have you and Erin to thank for enveloping us all on that PCT ribbon of land. Please write, Carrot; write more. i so wish you well.
I'll never climb Everest, but I read everything I can about it. I'll likely never hike the PCT, but I love stories about people who do. Carrot's book is so immersive, so wonderful, so occasionally mundane in the matters of food and water and clothing--it made me very happy.
In contrast to Wild, I feel this book is much more about the daily journey of the trail--what it's like to walk the whole thing. What it's like to fall in love with it. What a largely free heart feels in such a place. I love her humor, her despair, her overwhelming joy, her change as the miles fly by. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't find the bits about intimacy with other hikers troubling or annoying. It all seems very genuine and real and isn't overdone, or overly focused upon. It's simply part of her journey. And, more importantly, her.
Highly recommended. Thank you, Carrot, for sharing your marvelous journey. Please write more!
Of the 3 thru hiking books I've read, this one is in third place. In first place would be Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, and in second place AWOL on the Appalachian Trail. I never really got used to the "valley girl" accent of the narrator of Thru Hiking will break your heart. Putting an extra drawn out syllable on a one syllable word, kind of a teenager's voice. But much of the book was detailing the junk food eating at each stop, the motels, foot problems, pretty much any reason not to have to sleep on the trail. But I listened to the whole thing, and I disagree with other reviews that said there was "too much sex in it", there wasn't, just that a couple of girls shared a tent once in awhile and a hug. The rest was left to imagination. I want to be fair to this book because I recognize the effort and the accomplishment of the thru hiking, just that from my point of view I was interested more in accounts of nature, not just that everything looked "green", or was desert, etc. This was more of a diary with how many miles, what food eaten, where night was spent, restaurants visited, and about collecting boxes of food and equipment she had shipped ahead to various towns. I just did not get a feel of nature from this account.
I think if you have an interest in hiking and outdoor living not to mention perseverance you'll enjoy this book. Like another reviewer the sex could have been omitted. For me it took away from the story. There was more than enough about her life as a child to keep the listener engrossed in the story. I would recommend this book.
This was such an amazing book. This might be the most joyful recount of a thru-hike I've ever encountered. Quinn's prose will encourage and inspire. I felt buoyed along with her as I listened.
I wish the author would have kept her audience in mind when writing this book. I don't think I've heard the "F" word so much in one sitting. It was extremely hard to get through. Something that could have been so easily deleted from the book. Also, the author gets into pornography type descriptions of her interactions with a young man on the trail - WAY more detail than anyone needs to hear. Again, something that could have been easily removed.
Make it more audience friendly by taking out the foul language and sexual encounters within the story.
As much as I loved the overall story, I don't enjoy Rated R or X movies.
I truly enjoyed Carrot's story of her friendships that she formed, the difficulties she overcame, the perseverance of her Thru Hike - I was just so sidetracked by the language and sexual mentions that I can't recommend this to any of my friends. I know I could i these things were edited out - just not as is. Maybe she'll consider this to reach a wider audience in the future.
I read this after reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Carrots take on a similar trip was completely the opposite of Bryson's witty, humorous story. This story is rambling and negative most of the way through, then takes a weird sexual turn more than halfway through. Although doubtless realistic, this book felt like a thorough waste of time for the reader and author.
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