A 2640 Mile Hiking Adventure on The Pacific Crest Trail
I’m an unlikely adventurer. I don’t sleep well in tents, I’m terrified of bears and snakes, hate bad weather and get scared in the woods after dark. Hardly the best credentials to tackle all 2640 miles of The Pacific Crest. However, that’s exactly what I did.
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The Pacific Crest Trail stretches some 2,650 miles from the Mexican border to Canada. It meanders through the scorching deserts of California, the dramatic Sierra Nevada, the volcanic landscape of Oregon and the vast forests of Washington.
Every year around 300 hikers attempt to walk its entirety. Four in ten give up in the first month alone. Extremes of heat and cold, the toughness and roughness of the trail and encounters with an assortment of potentially deadly creatures stretch walkers to their absolute limits.
The PCT is not for the faint-hearted, take it on and there’s a very real chance you won’t make it.
It’s a lesson Keith Foskett soon learns the hard way, having to deal with blisters and other physical ailments, as well as his inherent phobia of snakes, spiders, bears, getting dirty and camping in the woods after dark.
With the harsh winter looming, he enters into a desperate race against time, facing a dangerous, physical and very real threat to become the last Englishman to complete the greatest long distance hiking trail on Earth.
The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful and diverse long distance trails in the world. The Last Englishman allows you to experience this amazing trail through the eyes of a thru-hiker. If you cannot take the time to hike the trail, then you should definitely take the time to read about it.
– Jennifer Pharr Davis (Record holder for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail)
An entertaining account of a walk along one of the world’s most challenging and spectacular trails.
– Chris Townsend (Author, long distance hiker and TGO columist)
Off all the thru-hikers, Keith Foskett is the darnedess, do-or-die doggedest, and his book reflects not only his determination but also his appreciation of the Trail itself, the opportunity that put him on it and the hazards, human or otherwise, he met along the way. A fine read, entertaining, exciting and full of humour.
– Ingrid Cranfield (Author: At Last Michael Reeves)
The Last Englishman takes you on a grueling walking journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. The characters read so much like a well-crafted fiction novel, it’s hard to believe they are the living, breathing people that exist in this world. Laugh (and cry) your way through the trials of wilderness walking, the elation of new friendships and the revelations of a life well embraced.
Take this walk with the author and be reminded of the importance and eventual hilarity of being truly alive… where the journey is all there is, and which leads you triumphantly back to yourself.
– Kimberlie Dame (Author: All Who Wander-Living Outside of it All)
Fozzie is a grand adventurer and also a grand story teller. From rattlesnakes, snowstorms to all the interesting people he meets along his journey, this book will have you staying up late turning pages to see what happens next.
– Teresa Dicentra Black (Author: One Pan Wonders)
It’s rare to find a book that captures the experience of long distance backpacking so well, and that is also fun to read. Fozzie’s account of his Pacific Crest Trail hike is educational, inspirational and hilarious. A must read for aspiring thru-hikers and outdoor adventure seekers.
– Erik Asorson (Author: The PCT Atlas)