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Publisher's Summary

Sullivan's classic account of his 65 day, 1,361-mile solo backpacking trek across Oregon has been chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon's "100 Books", the most significant literary works in state history. Sullivan recounts adventures with blizzards, bears, and poisonous mushrooms, but he also spices his journal with notes on history, geology, and the people he meets along the way. These last include a political scientist who leaves his classroom to protect Bald Mountain from logging roads, a camouflaged elk hunter who hopes to be reincarnated as a stag elk, and an ancient widow who lives alone in a remote gold-mining cabin. What these people share, and what this book illustrates, is a deep connection to the wilderness. Sullivan's book demonstrates with living examples just why we are right to save such places.
©1988 William L. Sullivan (P)2017 William L. Sullivan
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gary M on 01-30-18

Man-up your delivery some, please!

Great story, great feat, but beef up on the male hormones or hire a narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JessPek on 12-24-17

Oregon

I’ve only been to Oregon on a freeway but I’m counting days to retirement so I can hike the long trails of America. His story takes a bit of the Muir books feel with the scientific names here and there and in-depth descriptions. The spirituality of the coyote or of the conscience itself is interesting and how seemingly curious points lend to feeling of a guardian of sorts. Overall I enjoyed the book and if other readers enjoy the works of solo hiking then it’s going to be a great choice.

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