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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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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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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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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.

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Insightful, Realistic Read

What an entertaining, insightful account of what an adventure of a lifetime must be like. I throughly enjoyed and learned of the many emotions and diversity of hikers you meet along the way. Throughly enjoyed listening to your accounts and descriptions and interactions with other thru hikers, day hikers, trail angles and others along the way. I’ve been an avid hiker for many years and through the inspiration of books like this I hope to one day elevate myself to the next level of “Thru Hiker” Mr Nelson I applaud you on your accomplishment but more so thank you for sharing it in the manner you have. I will say I didn’t get any of what Rhonda commented on from my listen

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An above average through hike memoir

The author does a great job of providing lots of details such as miles, camps, elevations, etc without becoming monotonous and seeming like a long list. He does a great job of transporting his reader's into his shoes.