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March 29 , 2011

Dances With Marmots

A Pacific Crest Trail Adventure


The inspiring account of a 2650 mile solo hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Despite never having hiked before, George Spearing decided to take 'leave of absence' from his job as a firefighter in the New Zealand Fire Service and walk the length of America.
This is the story of his five month journey, travelling entirely on foot and off-road through the desert areas and High Sierra Nevada of California and the Cascade ranges of Oregon and Washington. Finally emerging in the Okanogan Forest of British Columbia, Canada.
The diverse mix of dry Mojave desert, High Sierra snows and the characters and wildlife met along the way, provide an often humorous look at the US and its wilderness through the eyes of a New Zealander.

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Follow the adventure from its inception on an Auckland, New Zealand Fire Station, to its culmination in British Columbia, Canada. Traversing 40 Wilderness areas, 24 National Forests, 7 National Parks, 3 State Parks, 19 major canyons and climbing 57 mountain passes, the epic journey takes the reader from near sea level at the
Mexican border to 13,200 ft at Forester Pass in the snowbound High Sierra Nevada.

The lively and easily read style, including illustrations, provides an entertaining and inspiring read for anyone contemplating hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, or for anyone who enjoys a good adventure story.

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