Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail

Cascade Summer My Adventure on Oregon s Pacific Crest Trail Cascade Summer is the story of Bob Welch s attempt along with his brother in law to hike the length of Oregon s spine To reconnect with his past And to better understand the th century Cascad

  • Title: Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail
  • Author: Bob Welch
  • ISBN: 9780985943
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cascade Summer is the story of Bob Welch s 2011 attempt, along with his brother in law, to hike the length of Oregon s spine To reconnect with his past And to better understand the 19th century Cascade Range advocate John Waldo, the state s answer to California s naturalist John Muir Despite great expectations, near trails end Welch finds himself facing an unlikely chalCascade Summer is the story of Bob Welch s 2011 attempt, along with his brother in law, to hike the length of Oregon s spine To reconnect with his past And to better understand the 19th century Cascade Range advocate John Waldo, the state s answer to California s naturalist John Muir Despite great expectations, near trails end Welch finds himself facing an unlikely challenge Laughs Blisters And new friends from literally around the world his PCT adventure offered it all But he never foresaw the bittersweet ending.

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    1. I have a new entry to my bucket list. Bob's adventure had me in it's grip from the very first moment I started reading. Told with humor and humility, it touched on and considered every emotion one must feel as they take on such a physical challenge. Bob's relationship with his brother in-law and others upon the trail is both inspirational and touching. Learning about the history of the trail is an added bonus. I love Oregon's natural beauty, and have been around this trail all my life yet have n [...]

    2. This is a story about two men who decided to hike the Oregon section of the PCT one summer. What I enjoyed most about this book was the great historical information about the origin of the PCT and the original Skyline trail starting at Mt. Hood. There is a lot of information about Waldo and his influence on designating this area as a wilderness. Thank you to all who came before, with the foresight, to preserve these areas for my backpacking enjoyment.

    3. If you love Oregon the Pacific Crest Trail this is a good read. Having hiked two sections of the PCT in Oregon myself, I appreciate the fact that the author completed hiking the spine of this great state in a summer. Easy reading with great writing and soothing humor.

    4. As I've been reading a lot of hiking books this year ever since seeing "Wild," I naturally had to read this one by Bob Welch, a local writer whose columns in the Eugene Register-Guard I enjoyed for many years. With this personal account of hiking the Oregon length of the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 2011 with his brother-in-law Glenn, Welch does not disappoint! Informative and sentimental (as Welch includes many personal family memories of the Oregon Cascades), it also tells the hist [...]

    5. Although Bob Welch "only" hiked the Oregon portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, one can see that the 452 miles of trail was quite an epic struggle anyway for 26 days. Along with the bittersweet ending when his hiking partner became very ill and was forced to drop out, there were many pleasant encounters with other hikers and wildlife. Color photos show what happened along the way, with the longest day covering 25.1 miles, and a highest elevation of 7100 feet. I especially liked the day-by-day sum [...]

    6. Every year my local library picks a specific book for the population of the whole town to read. For 2014, they picked this one. Bob Welch is an author to watch out for! I loved that he thought to share this particular adventure with the masses (readers), and I was celebrating with him and Glenn in spirit when I read about them finishing the PCT the following summer.what I took away from this book:There is a joke Bob shares in the book that says "What do you call three days of rain in Oregon?"The [...]

    7. I'm biased: I'm a fan of memoir, a fan of PCT and a fan (and friend/colleague) of the author. In fact, my only regret is that I already knew about many of the unexpected turns in this adventure, so lost out on the element of surprise.I was never so tired in my life as the first day I walked a mere 12 miles with full pack on the PCT. So when Welch first told me he wanted to make this trip -- averaging 20-mile days -- I was pessimistic on his behalf. But this book shows how a couple of regular Joe [...]

    8. Welch is a good writer and the story of his journey is a good source of information about what it takes to do a trip on the PCT. Although the stories about the people he met were interesting, the nuts and bolts of gear, hardships and personal challenges were my favorite parts. I liked the way he updated his progress at the beginning of each section. I'm afraid that I'm too over the hill to consider getting into shape for a trip like this but the vicarious experience is worth the reading of it.

    9. What an adventure! What a good friend Glenn is! This is not a quick read, but a very interesting read throughout - especially the intertwining of the history behind the establishment of the PCT, and how it benefits hikers today. Maybe someday, I will hike a part of the PCT - but certainly not the 452 miles of the 'just Oregon' section

    10. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. In many places, Welsh had me cracking up with laughter. His book created an excitement of the Pacific Coast Trail and a deep appreciation and respect for those who hike it, or any, long and challenging trail. Will look forward to reading some of his other books! Love his writing!

    11. I loved this book. It's about a trek on the Oregon section of the PCT. I especially liked this quote: "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere" by Frank A. Clark.

    12. Good read. Bob's experience descending from Devil's Peak was a little different from my sister's and mine. We had no snow. The snow melt has left stones in the trail. It was like walking on a trail covered with softballs mixed with golf balls.

    13. excellent book by a favorite author, altho i had only previously read his regular column in the eugene newspaper (til he retired, alas). really gave me a feel for the oregon portion of the trail, and was highly entertaining.

    14. The story was a great mix of history, adventure, and humor. The personal connection to the wilderness makes one more aware.

    15. I loved this account of Bob & Glen's adventure on the PCT. It brought back memories of my own PCT travels. I appreciated the historical notes about Waldo.

    16. Good information. Did not like all the historical references. Looking more for trail information for future hike.

    17. ". . . another reason I wanted to hike alone was to get lost in the past. And, like a group visit to a cemetery, it's hard to do that with others around."

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