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I read the kindle version of this book some time ago, (actually, I've read it 5 times) and am thrilled it's finally available on Audible. Nothing like hiking while listening to one of your favorite hiking books!
There have been many, many, many books written about the John Muir Trail. Many have practical information relating to gear, strategy, planning, etc. BUT...this book provides a critical element that most are missing....the psychological factor. Anyone who has thru-hiked knows that the mental/emotional aspect is just as important as the physical preparation. This book hits on all of the aspects you need to really get a good feel for the trail, and prepare to succeed, and is a compelling story to boot! Reading this will prepare you in a way that most won't, and you'll be better equipped for what the trail will throw at you.
The writing is excellent, the story compelling, and is a must-read for anyone planning to hike the JMT.
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I listened to this book having hiked the John Muir Trail 10 times myself. I nevertheless found the book a very informative and entertaining telling of doing the hike. The narrator is very good and helps the story along. I am familiar with Inga's other writings as she is very active in the various High Sierra hiking groups (as so am I). Her book is as informative as her excellent writings but I must say the book is more entertaining on top of it, perhaps because she has more time to go over the material with the audience. I felt very much back on the trail listening to her book, she is able to place the reader on the trail with her writing.
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There are hundreds of blogs and video diaries out there, detailing other people's journeys on the JMT, so why read/listen to Inga's?
Well, Inga succeeds where 99.9% of blog writers miss the target - she effortlessly conveys what it feels like to be on the JMT. This isn't just a "we hiked, we saw this" story, you are transported to the trail and dropped into the shoes of a JMT hiker.
So you might know the trail has epic vistas, alpine lakes and Mordor-esque passes - Inga gives us a glimpse in what it feels like to walk through, around and over these.
Anyone considering the JMT or any long distance hike should read this book - it is up there on the essential reading list with Lizzie Wenk's guide. Where Lizzie describes, in fantastic detail, what the trail is like and what you will see, Inga's book lets you know how it feels to be there.
There is also lots of practical information woven into the story - good places to camp, difficult sections, as well as planning and kit tips.
I listened to the audiobook over the course of about a week, mainly on my commute to work and it definitely brightened up my mornings and evening car journey, not an easy feat in damp, dreich Scotland in late November!
The book is read by Allie Wagner and her performance is one of the best I've heard on Audible - she has a wonderful musical quality to her voice, and every sentence is delivered with enthusiasm. It's almost as if she was on Inga's shoulder the whole trip.
I heard about the audiobook from one of Inga's posts on Facebook, and while I've never met Inga I have exchanged a couple of messages related to JMT and altitude acclimatisation stuff with her over the last couple of years. I used my own audible credit for this book.
I'm also in love with the Sierra Nevada despite living 6000miles away and hiked parts of the JMT in 2016 - Inga's account of Glen Pass made me smile, but that's another story.