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Journey on the Crest

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  17 reviews

"Cindy Ross does not claim to be a heroine. Her book is about the fear of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. . . . It is good to read of someone who is just crammed full of courage, guts, spirit and determination." --Smoke Blanchard, Walking Up and Down in the World

Cindy Ross had already hiked the 2000-mile length of the Appalachian Trail when, hoping to escape
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 3rd 1987 by Mountaineers Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Chris Townsend
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, outdoor, owned
I first read this book when it came out, five years after my PCT hike, and I really enjoyed it. The author captures the long distance hiking life well - a life that hasn't really changed despite modern technology. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes reading about outdoor adventures. ...more
Kevin Deaton
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cindy Ross is a pleasure to read. Her honesty and vulnerability are a true testament to the human spirit. In reading this book, I've developed a little crush on her. 'VERY LIKEABLE' ...more
My husband and I would never even know about this book if it weren’t for the PCT through-hike our son is doing this summer. This book is written in the early-mid ‘80’s. Gear has improved, and I know the trail has been completed/improved in areas since way back then, so his experience will be different in those aspects. I did not even know there was such a thing as a “through hike” or the PCT, so I am learning quite a lot from my son’s crazy dream.

I found the book to be interesting because I ima
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
I don’t know if I will ever have a chance to hike the Pacific Crest trail, so I have to live vicariously through those that do. Unfortunately, it’s either really difficult to find engaging books on these trips, or long-distance hiking itself is rather difficult to make engaging! (Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” being the notable exception)

Cindy Ross writes of her journey in two distinct sections. In the first, she starts her trek alone and soon finds herself hiking with a group of people – some o
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Having just reread Wild for book club, I came across this, and decided to read it for comparison. Ross was an experienced hiker (as opposed to Strayed) but she is awfully miserable for most of this book. My take-away was something like "Why would anyone ever want to do this to themselves?" which I don't think is what she had in mind. It's nowhere near as compelling as Wild, but you don't have the same inner journey here. ...more
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. Cindy tells the truth, she cries, talks about fears, lets you in on many of the feelings and topics that other writers/ hikers won't touch. ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book that inspired me to go long distance hiking.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but felt like it needed a lot more editing. There were lots of small set-ups left dangling (as an example: lots of prose on the fear about getting to the next bail out point but then leaving the reader to assume she made it as the story went on) My favorite parts were the actual hiking narratives. Anyway, it was enjoyable if you like reading hiking memoirs. I would read more by this author.
L. Scott
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was really interesting to see what the PCT was like in the 1980s before it was officially completed.
John Newman
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An account of the experiences of a seasoned long-distance hiker who is trying her wings on a trail that offers challenges of a different nature than those encountered on the Appalachian Trail. She shares the story of her new journey in such a way as to be appealing to long-distance hikers, would-be hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who prefer to enjoy ventures such as this from the comfort of their favorite chair.

Cindy Ross' hand-crafted illustrations add much to the written words in conve
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This is my 4th book about walking the Pacific Crest Trail - Journey on the Crest by Cindy Ross. Each book I've read has been so different. In this one, Ross has already hiked the Allegheny Trail (unlike the other three books where the hikers were novices) and is walking with several different people at various times on the trail. She completes California one year and two years later she returns to finish the hike along with her new husband.

Ross has great descriptions of the hike, the scenery and
Gail Storey
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
JOURNEY ON THE CREST was the first book I ever read about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. My husband, an experienced backpacker, gave it to me, who had never hiked or camped before, as one would give an adolescent a book about what used to euphemistically be called "the facts of life." We were about to embark on our own thru-hike of the PCT, and Cindy Ross's extraordinary account terrified, reassured, and ultimately inspired me. Ross is a gifted writer and illustrator who shares the realities of ...more
Peyton Herrington
Jun 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
It takes quite a lot to convince me to not finish a book, but I just couldn't finish this book. I plan on hiking the PCT or AT and am reading personal accounts to prepare. I was hoping this book would give me a good idea of what to expect, but I was quite let down. It wasn't as helpful as other accounts I've read (mainly on the AT) and it came across as more of a whiney journal than a good account of a journey. I realize I'm in the minority here, but the book, for me, was simply unfinish-able. T ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it

Argh! This woman's writing made me crazy! Good story but I just couldn't get past the way she narrated the adventure. Gave me a new appreciation for how artfully other people can weave tales! I too, was thrilled to get to the finish line!
This is the third or fourth PCT book I've read. One great pleasure in Cindy's book are the wonderful sketches of the people and scenery. ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was a little tedious in parts.
Not as good as her first book, about the Appalachian Trail.
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