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The High Adventure of Eric Ryback: Canada to Mexico on Foot

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The story of the first person to backpack the entire Pacific Crest Trail. An 18 year old accomplished this lone trek in 1970. An epic 25000 mile journey to maturity and manhood.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published April 1st 1973 by Bantam (first published October 1971)
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Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an inspiring story! Eric Ryback's adventure is way too cool to review. The story is gripping, mostly because it is true. He recounts his trek with simple prose that captures the survivalist atmosphere of his trip. However, Ryback also manages to convey the beauty and severity of nature. The pictures were a nice touch, but I would have liked even more details told in his fresh, straightforward voice. I felt like I was on a high adventure as I read it. I would recommend this book to any ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
What could be cooler than to be the first person to hike Pacific Crest Trail. Wearing your short short Levi cut offs, 70s style! A fun read of this 18 year old's solo hiking adventure.
Mike Mikulski
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading Laurie Candler's Upwards describing her solo through paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I thought I would re-read Eric Ryback's story of his thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 1970. My copy of this book dates back to 1973 and I remember reading it years ago and loving the unique story of an 18 year old's summer adventure hiking from Canada to Mexico.

How different this journey of almost almost 50 years ago was compared to the numerous blogs describing the same trail
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite pre-college books. Well written and a pioneer among thru-hikers.
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique story about an amazing hiking adventure from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Crest. The young man was just in his late teens, and had already hiked the full legnth of the Appalachian Trail from South to North, when he decided to top that by hiking the Pacific Crest from North to South, Canada to Mexico.

I was just about the same age as Mr Ryback when I read the book for the first time, and greatly enjoyed the story. It is written quite well for a young author, and the
Mar 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
I was really excited for this book, but it was such a disappointment that I didn't make it more than a couple dozen pages. I tried to read it in high school, when I was extremely excited about long distance backpacking. I was hoping for a story about a great hike, but Ryback only wants to tell us about a great hiker. By the first night I was cheering for the wolves to eat him. The other thing that really got me was when he said that he built a ground fire every night whether he needed it or not. ...more
Van Reese
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. Some people have dismissed Eric saying that he had gotten a lot of rides, and used inferior equipment. So what if he got some rides; it was a great adventure for anybody, and especially for a boy of his age. I think his equipment was the best available. As a boy of 12 or 13 when I read this, it inspired me to want to do a similar hike. I never did anything like him, but enjoyed the trip through his eyes. I still remember this book with fondness 40 years later. I would ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved his youth and enthusiasm. What a great adventure.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great travel book and the best I've read on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail .
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget Cheryl Strayed. This is the real book about hiking the PCT. The first person to hike PCT-1970.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Read in my twenties when I met his mom at a conference. A lonely sport with beautiful vistas.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Man, the days when hiking the PCT was life-threatening and unique. And required an 80lb pack!
Kristofer Petersen-Overton
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013, hiking-camping
Amazing trip; lousy writer. Give this one a pass.
Richard Kravitz
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty cool book. Easy to read. Great Adventure!!
Jason Sooter
Awesome Book!
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This young man was driven by something he did NOT discuss. Why, why & again why was he so driven?
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