Two years of work to make this 390 page adventure tale that I’ve looked at so much I no longer have any idea if it’s any good or not.
Check it out on Amazon here- Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart
Also, Amazon makes a free kindle app that will allow you to read the book on any screen- free kindle app
This book is the story of my 2013 PCT thru-hike; as such, if you’ve read my journal from that year, you already know most of the plot twists. It is, however, heavily edited and polished to make for extra-pleasant reading flow and there is a dash of backstory and more character development and even a romance (or two). I chose to focus on just my 2013 thru-hike because there is nothing like the wonder and beauty of a person’s first long-distance trail, and I wanted to preserve some of that.
If I owe you a paper copy of the book, you should’ve gotten an email/update from me in the last day or so. If you received no such email/update, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive your physical copy in the mail by May 5.
If I owe you a digital copy of the book, you’ll receive an email within the next week with details on how to download yours.
As for everyone else, the book is available on Amazon as an ebook for now. I’ll make the paper version available to the general public this fall, after I return from hiking season. I’m doing this because I have a terrible fear, even though I had editing help, that there are typos that I missed. (If you find a typo, please email me at email@example.com.) (update: I’ve fixed some typos. Thank you!) I can easily update the ebook file in the fall and fix any typos I find, which will also update everyone’s downloaded copies, but paper copies are not so easily fixed, especially while I’m on the trail.
Don’t fret tho. The ebook version is inexpensive, which is cool. It also uses no paper, weighs nothing, and as I mentioned above, Amazon makes a free kindle app that will allow you to read it on any screen. Get the app here- kindle app
After you’ve read the book, if you feel like you’ve gotten something from it, please leave me an honest review on the book’s Amazon page- Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart
The more reviews the book has, the more visible it will be on Amazon, and the better chance it will have of surviving Amazon’s internal algorithms.
There are a lot of great thru-hiking memoirs out there, and I’m excited to add mine to the canon. And… to move on to something else. For the love of god.
I start the 2,800 mile Continental Divide Trail on May 5. I’ll write a blog post for each day that I’m on the trail. As exhausting as it is, I love blogging while I’m on the trail. There’s nothing like it! I’m excited to share this trail will y’all.
Next winter I’ll likely work on my next book, which has nothing to do with hiking. The book is about riding freight trains, and the irreconcilable contradictions of the universe, and learning to forgive my mother. Also about growing up in poverty in Alaska, and Catholicism, and the inherent/inherited tendencies of goodness/evil. And just generally about how really bad shit can happen and there’s not any reason for it. But also beauty. And is suffering inherently beautiful? Etc. The book is called The Sunset Route.
Enjoy this hiking book, y’all. I hope it’s escapist for you, and makes you stay up past your bedtime, and maybe even makes you cry a little bit (in a good way).