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The Cactus Eaters by Dan White
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Feb 23, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction, travel
Read from February 17 to 22, 2011

A great one to read with my husband and backpacking partner. We got to snicker at their early ignorance, commiserate with the trials of the trail (not the PCT, of course, but backpacking in general), and generally live their experience vicariously so that we never have to do it ourselves (fact: the phrase "Why would you ever want to do that?!" was uttered by one or the other of us during the course of this book exactly 2,368 times). We like backpacking, but spending months on a national scenic trail holds zero appeal for me.
So, this is very memoir-esque, much less about backpacking and the PCT than about the author's life at this point in time (which, granted, is on the trail, but still). We spend a lot of time inside his head and reliving conversations between him and his girlfriend and hiking partner. I do not like Dan White as a person, but his writing was easy to read, and his experience definitely worth following. A quick, entertaining read, great for armchair hikers.
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Bethany Deines Armchair hikers, hehe.

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