A Blistered Kind of Love, One Couple's Trial by Trail


A Blistered Kind of Love,  One Couple's Trial by Trail
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title A Blistered Kind of Love, One Couple's Trial by Trail
Manufacturer Angela & Duffy Ballard (Mountaineers Books)
Page By silversummit
Page Type Apr 12, 2009 / Apr 13, 2009
Object ID 6038
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This book details the preparations and journey that two friends made on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2000. From the blistering dry heat in southern California to the soggy, dreary rainy Cascades in Washington state you will walk with Angela and Duffy. You will meet the "Trail Angels" who greeted them at the end of horrible days with water, rides, or showers and hot meals. Some of their fellow thru-hikers turned out to be their competition while others became their inspiration. And the ups and downs are certainly not only found along the trail in this book as you will find when you read about the couple's different health problems and hiking styles.


Price: $ 16.95

Paperback: 264 pages

Author: Angela and Duffy Ballard

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

Year Published: 2003

Language: English

ISBN: 13-978-0-89886-902-6



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silversummit - Apr 12, 2009 8:46 pm - Voted 3/5

Uneven at best
When an author's acknowledgments include a mention of peanut butter, duct tape and Spenco 2nd skin you know it will be down to earth. That's fine, I enjoy nitty-gritty accounts but this couple started out with almost no hiking experience. Their meal planning seemed abysmal to me and nearly ruined their entire trip but they didn't revise it for resupplying which they could have. Since I had read many AT thru hiking books I was also unprepared for this couple's rather frequent hotel stays.

On the plus side this book gives a view into the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail and how different it is from the AT. I also enjoyed reading about how different people define hiking a trail from end to end and what makes a successful hiker can truly depend upon going beyond what anyone ever expected to do.

This book is a fast read, which is definitely a good thing; you'll be ready for something more substantial when you're done!

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