Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams: Walking America’s Pacific Northwest Trail

. 2012. 192p. 978-1-90873-704-5. 26.95.
The Pacific Northwest Trail is 1200 miles of rugged terrain from Glacier National Park in Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Townsend (The Backpacker’s Handbook) walked the trail solo in 75 days. The only guidebooks available to him were woefully out of date, and large portions of the trail remain unmarked. This volume covers his preparation for the journey, the route he followed, and the difficulties he faced. The book also includes many color photos of the area’s breathtaking natural beauty. The appendixes contain information about how he plotted his trail, a list of his supplies (including brand names), and his evaluation of what worked and what didn’t.
VERDICT Townsend makes every word count. Readers interested in the Pacific Northwest and wilderness backpacking will enjoy the combination of nature writing and practical advice.

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