Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes
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Explore the crystal clear waters on the Summit Lakes Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park, take in the expansive views at Shenandoah National Park’s Old Rag Mountain, or traverse the sandstone cliffs at Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. Choose your adventure from any of the forty-four national parks profiled throughout the book. This book delivers jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger essays, and more, all of which combine to create an intimate look at the best our national parks have to offer.
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Appalachian Trail—where clock-racing was frowned upon if not held in contempt? He had already cemented his reputation as one of the best ultrarunners the world had ever seen, winning the Western States 100 a record seven times in a row. He’d collected trophies at some of the world’s most grueling footraces, such as the Badwater Ultramarathon and Hardrock Hundred. What did he have left to prove? That he was faster than Jennifer Pharr Davis, the current record holder, a hiker with no ultrarunning
radiating the joy that only a long-distance hiker who has been outside for more than a month knows, oozing the kind of wisdom that only a man who takes on majestically painful and stupendously difficult tasks for no apparent reason, or at least for no reason that most people fathom, knows. He kept crying, then apologized for all he had put her through. “Let’s just go home,” he said. “F--- it.” *** WHY DIDN’T THEY GO HOME? More to the point, why did they leave home in the first place? Why did
spend nearly every waking hour making miles. “I wanted to challenge myself and put myself through a difficult situation,” Scott says. “When you do that, you learn something. I love to be out hiking and doing long-distance trips. I’d never done a thruhike and it had been on my list. . . So I wanted to mix things up in life, to try new things. Not to find something bigger and harder than anything I’d done—and obviously, this was—but to crack myself open, to learn something.” *** TO THAT END, SCOTT