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The adventures of a young, idealistic couple who choose to reduce their world down to just two small packs and the next 100 yards in front of them. In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, embarked on a 4,000-mile expedition from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, traveling solely by human power. This is the story of their unprecedented trek along the northwesternThe adventures of a young, idealistic couple who choose to reduce their world down to just two small packs and the next 100 yards in front of them. In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, embarked on a 4,000-mile expedition from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, traveling solely by human power. This is the story of their unprecedented trek along the northwestern edge of the Pacific Ocean--a year-long journey through some of the most rugged terrain in the world-- and their encounters with rain, wind, blizzards, bears, and their own emotional and spiritual demons. Erin and Hig set out from Seattle with a desire to raise awareness of natural resource and conservation issues along their route: clear-cut logging of rainforests; declining wild salmon populations; extraction of mineral resources; and effects of global climate change. By taking each mile step by step, they were able to intimately explore the coastal regions of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, see the wilderness in its larger context, and provide a unique on-the-ground perspective. An entertaining and, at times, thrilling adventure, theirs is a journey of discovery and of insights about the tiny communities that dot this wild coast, as well as the individuals there whom they meet and inspire....

Title : A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski
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ISBN : 9781594850936
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Number of Pages : 221 Pages
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A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski Reviews

  • Amity
    2019-05-09 16:56

    First off, you need to realize that I am friends with Erin and Hig. So I am both biased and more familiar with this story than most readers. I kept up with their blog, regularly during this trip. So, yes, I am definitely biased. But I really appreciate Erin's straight forward writing approach. Her honesty. And how she portrays their thoughts and wonders along this road less travelled. It is a quick read. Fascinating. And I hope inspires others to look at the world around them a little differently. We live on an amazing planet that responds to our actions and absolutely deserves respect. Even if you aren't going to go adventure hiking after reading this (Rapids! Snow and ice! Bears!), hopefully you will be more inclined to question our motives for expanding drilling enterprises or initiating more mining operations or even developing more fish farms.

  • Mosco
    2019-04-26 18:00

    7/10Il racconto parte un po' lento poi scorre via veloce. L'autrice, una tipa tostissima, non la fa troppo lunga, anzi a volte piacerebbe saperne un po' di più. E' bello seguire la loro marcia con google earth e cercando foto dei posti da loro descritti in rete. Quello che mi ha più colpita però non sono le descrizioni della meravigliosa natura che attraversano o delle tempeste di neve, vento, marosi, orsi che devono affrontare. Sono le considerazioni sulle evidenti tracce del cambiamento climatico su piante ed animali, sugli assalti all'ambiente da parte di miniere che avvelenano aria, territorio e torrenti dove i salmoni diventano sempre più rari, deforestazione selvaggia, interessi economici (grossi) che se ne fanno un baffo pure dei residenti, sfregi che il passaggio dell'uomo lascia in territori così importanti e fragili. In compenso mi sono commossa quando Maddalena Togliani, la brava traduttrice, ha scritto "battigia" invece che bagnasciuga! :D Alla casa editrice contesto il titolo: alla fine della strada trovano famiglia (lei cammina gli ultimi 800 km incinta), casa, stabilità. Non era meglio il titolo originale "A Long Trek Home"? Perché "fine del mondo"? Per scimiottare Sepulveda? boh. Qui il loro blog:

  • Amy
    2019-05-16 17:56

    This was a very interesting story about a woman who walked, paddled or skied with her husband from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The problem is that the journey is the most interesting part about the book. It is lacking in theme, development, reflection; it reads much like a scattered, condensed diary entry. Every once and a while we get a glimpse of Erin's feelings about what she sees and experiences. However she tends to shy away from the most reflective moments. It seems like she has very strong opinions about the natural world and yet doesn't share them for fear of offending someone. This story had so much potential to be inspirational, educational and thought-provoking however it did not deliver. I read it as a scattered diary that was edited down to the interesting parts. Still these parts were much too shallow, brief paragraphs on life changing experiences. Fewer anecdotes and more meat would have made this book to a new level. This is a very interesting story about a very interesting couple and their interesting idea to walk to and through Alaska. However don't go in thinking it's any more than a regurgitation of a trip. Think of it as a slide show of a really great adventure. You were entertained but don't want to sit through it again. You get the drift. (hahaha, tides AND snowbanks!)

  • Happyreader
    2019-05-07 16:49

    The packraft is the star of this journey. A little 5 lb inflatable vessel that seems to be indestructible, ferrying them across treacherous, ice-filled bays and wild river rapids, yet conveniently fitting into their packs or serving as a snow sled/box spring when they were on dry land. And the bears!! Apparently, all you have to do is talk a bear down and they’ll lumber off (but don’t set up camp on their walking paths).This couple makes a great team. The year-long 4,172 mile trek by foot, packraft, and skis is all about how a strong couple can overcome, heck relish, whatever obstacles are thrown in their way. The arctic landscape and weather are awesome – and tragic when they trek through clear-cuts and mining territories. For more about them, check out the NY Times article entitled "Broadband, Yes. Toilet, No." about their trek afterlife in their yurt. Love their priorities and spirit of adventure.

  • Jen
    2019-05-09 14:04

    Right up there with some of the best adventure books I've read. This trek makes some of the more well-known thru-hikes seem tame in comparison. I was sucked in and enthralled immediately. I have an even greater urge to visit Alaska now that I've read this book (and it was already pretty big!).

  • TIMreading
    2019-05-06 13:56

    Sarebbe difficile, prima di aver letto questo splendido resoconto di viaggio, immaginare la bellezza delle foreste pluviali della Columbia Britannica, dei picchi innevati dei vulcani della penisola dell'Alaska, o dei poderosi ghiacciai che scendono dalle catene montuose della costa nord-occidentale del Canada fino a lambire l'oceano Pacifico, senza chiedersi perché una coppia di giovani e determinati ambientalisti abbia voluto percorrere, lungo l'arco di un intero anno e per di più a piedi, territori tanto aspri e ostili......

  • Krista
    2019-05-10 13:01

    I enjoyed the book, but it felt really rushed. I was hoping for a more detailed look at the trip- what a typical day looks like, what they packed, pictures of their custom gear, why they were using custom gear, etc. I liked reading about areas that are near where I live, but I have never been to.

  • Maria Benner
    2019-04-26 12:06

    This book has great potential, it documents an epic journey, but leaves out a lot of details.

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-30 12:49

    I just finished reading this book for the second time. It's a great book.

  • Judy Detzel
    2019-05-07 14:04

    This was an amazing journey, great read.

  • Lori Klein
    2019-05-12 11:05

    I found this book as I was browsing the Kindle store, and I thought it sounded interesting. After I downloaded it, I realized that I know people who know Erin (author) and her husband (Hig). They've traveled to and through Juneau several times, and it's actually surprising that I haven't met them yet. As I read through their journey, I was able to talk to my boss about his perspective on their year-long trip. He is one of the "hosts" Erin and Hig mention by name in the book. Having that personal connection was a neat little plus.I think Erin's writing gets better as the book goes on. I had a hard time sticking with the story at the beginning, and maybe that had more to do with the fact that I'm less connected to the BC coast and more interested in the Alaska parts of the journey. Overall, a quick and memorable read. Now I hope to meet Erin and Hig someday!

  • Natasha
    2019-05-16 17:40

    I was first introduced to McKittrick while reading an article in NYT's Home and Garden section. It featured their yurt in Soldovia, Alaska. The Article was titled "Broadband, Yes. Toilet, No." It featured Erin McKittrick, her husband and their infant son. It was a fun article and mentioned the book Erin just wrote about their 4,000 mile trek from Seattle to Alaska. Their walk/paddle/ski trip took just over a year. It is an incredible adventure. I can't imagine walking for a year through the winter! They did it though and plan on taking more journeys like it. The hard part to read was the destruction of the environment everywhere they went. Logging and mining have destroyed the most pristine and remote places.

  • Owen Curtsinger
    2019-05-03 16:39

    This book is among many to represent a new kind of "outdoor adventure" writing. For Mckittrick, it's not about man versus the extreme conditions that nature heaps upon us. It's about a personal exploration and appreciation for lesser-known (and subsequently greater-risk) places that many important and extraordinary people call home. Her writing is observant and informative, and breathes new life into the gender-biased and overplayed "man vs wild" stories that saturate this genre. At some points I found that the narrative was choppy and left me wanting more, but if McKittrick included more journal writings to flesh out the choppiness, my complaint might be just the opposite.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-27 18:04

    I've read a lot of books about people hiking, exploring and traveling in Alaska but never a book where a couple walked, skied and boated 4000 miles from Seattle to Unimak Island, the first island in the Aleutian chain. I completely admire their endurance and spirit - I don't think too many couples could do this. This book is very well written, not only covering their adventures and the stupendous scenery but explores what is happening in various ecosystems and communities along the way. Lastly, Erin & Hig's experiences affect them so greatly that the book ends with them deciding not to return to life in Seattle but settling down permanently in the 300-person community of Seldovia.

  • Deb
    2019-05-07 15:45

    Yikes! I seriously disliked this book. I disliked everything about it beginning with the tiny difficult to read font that was chosen to the way the author rambled on in such extreme detail of things that I thought I would die of boredom. After such details I longed desperately for a picture of the place or plant or whatever she was trying to describe but the book has no pictures of anything except the blurry undecipherable picture at the beginning of each chapter. Apparently neither she nor her husband was any good with a camera. I could not finish the book and stopped about mid-way. Guess I must have missed something as others have thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh well... :-(

  • Tina
    2019-05-08 15:40

    I love reading books about women who step out of societies box and push themselves to explore and discover. It's so encouraging. This book borders on a diary vs. what it seems like she thinks she should be saying. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it was more of the personal journey emotionally than knowing facts about the areas, but that's just my personal taste. I also had seen a Banff film fest version of this book, so I already knew what was going to happen - which made me a bit lax on finishing the book in a timely manner. I'm keeping the book. I'm going to read it again this winter.

  • Annaliese
    2019-04-28 10:54

    I don't live in the woods but I have always loved to do so vicariously. I read most of this while camping in cold damp weather but reading the winter section gave me a whole new appreciation of what (two special) humans can huddle through and appreciate. A great book to read when your life is full of change because it serves as a potent reminder of how little we actually need (physically) to get by, and how renewing time spent in natural settings can be. I follow their blog at and enjoy that as well.

  • Yvonne Leutwyler
    2019-05-23 13:03

    Erin tells the story of a fantastic journey without the fluff usually encountered in similar adventure books. She is humble without being annoying, in awe but not exaggerating, critical without offense, persevering without bragging, and funny in subtle ways. Most of all, she and Hig are two tough cookies. I have utmost respect for their traveling the backcountry of Alaska by non-motorized means. I wished there were more pictures in the book, but I discovered lots of photos and more on their blog,

  • Maria
    2019-04-26 17:00

    20120921 My partner and I are huge fans of the documentary made about this year-long trekking adventure ("Journey on the Wild Coast", so I was excited when I saw that there was a companion book. However, there is a lot less heart in the book than the film. What I loved about the documentary was the human story. This book focuses more on ecological issues and gorgeous, detailed descriptions of the landscape. It was well-written and compelling enough to finish, but I felt that a huge chunk of what I was looking for was missing.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-05-13 17:56

    While the trip fascinated me, the journal was just OK. I am not sure why I didn't totally love it, but I really didn't. It didn't fall into the whole introspective journal, thankfully, but it wasn't the most interesting travel journal either. I didn't really ever laugh, maybe that was it. I like to laugh when I read travel journals. There were amusing parts, but nothing that made me laugh. It was very scientifically stated and described, probably because the author is a scientist.I would still recommend people to read it. It is a fascinating and educational read.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-09 18:45

    I enjoyed reading this book of bold adventure, which was really a tale of simply moving and living day to day through the land and over the water for thousands of miles. As the author said, they faced many difficulties, but never all at one time. And many days were just spent quietly traveling and surviving. My feet hurt and my back ached reading about their journey, but I also saw the beauty and wonder of the wild areas they traveled through. I wish the photos in the book were better quality, but that was my only complaint.

  • Kim
    2019-05-05 12:57

    The journey McKittrick and her husband take from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, all without motors, is fascinating. While her narration style is pretty cut and dry, simply reporting what they did and saw without flourishes, I appreciated that she didn't stretch each hardship into pages of hard to follow details that many nature adventure writers do. I learned some about (the sad state of) Canadian forestry politics, and the Alaskan coastline. Not the most entertaining book I've read lately, but somewhat interesting and definitely inspiring.

  • Henry
    2019-05-07 18:47

    I like the book but I feel it had trouble deciding what it should be. The framing is Erin and Hig's journey from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands. While it has many pretty descriptions throughout the book, the rarely devote any sizable entry to a specific location. One of the common themes throughout is how natural resource harvesting impacts the area, but likewise these are mentioned largely in passing. At times it was also hard to get a sense of the passage of time. Even with these drawbacks, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to people who are interested in travel logs.

  • Lyndsey
    2019-05-11 18:43

    This book really warms up in the second half. At first the emphasis is so much on the journey and the pacific north west is the main character rather than the two humans telling the story, but the author reveals more and more insights and personal feelings as the book goes on and by the end i'd really really warmed to them and their story.I just wish the book had allowed us to 'know' erin and hig a little more in the first few chapters.

  • Nick
    2019-04-27 16:47

    Great book about a couple that walks from their home in Seattle, WA over 4,000 miles to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The journey takes over a year, but the book does a great job fo moving quickly and only covering the important stuff. Would have loved to hear more of the emergency situations, embarassing moments, and some of the inside jokes that Erin and Hig shared over this time. But seriously, this book boosts my wanderlust into hyperdrive. Time to talk to the wife :) ~NR

  • Brooklyn Newcomb
    2019-05-14 15:39

    Overall an inspiring crazy tale of a husband and wife completing an near impossible feat that most would deem crazy. Got me excited for my own trail adventures (while also making me feel like a whimp). Subtle humor throughout which made the people likable. With that said the book got a lite preachy for me. Both are enviomentalists, and biased rants about how the environment is being destroyed took away from the adventure of what hey were doing.

  • K2 -----
    2019-04-26 17:39

    If you've ever lives in the PNW and dreaded winter time weather or the 300+ days without sunshine, read this book and you will stop feeling sorry for yourself. This young over educated couple walked from Seattle up the Alaska and lived to tell the tale. Although at points I wanted to know more I enjoyed the book. You may have read the NYT article about their lives entitled something like Wi-Fi but no Toilet.

  • Kris
    2019-05-07 17:39

    "We launched, paddling softly into the mystery.""Out here, everything was open, and the weather was the fabric of the world.""Not all of our days could be extraordinary. But our lives still could be."I followed Erin's blog when she and Hig first walked from Seattle to the Aleutians. I have no idea what took me so long to read her book, but I loved it.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-22 18:08

    Boy, from Alaska, meets Girl, from Seattle, at a liberal arts college in Minnesota (of course!). They go on many AK adventures, including the ultimate....taking a year to hike get from Seattle to the Alaskan Peninsula. Filled with wonderful descriptions of the wilderness that I like to call home :-)

  • Dianna Hintze
    2019-05-10 14:53

    This book is fascinating, well written, and very descriptive however I was constantly asking myself why they wanted to do this. That probably says more about me than them but I guess I like my adventure in a book and can't really relate to the desire to walk 4,000 miles or climb mountains etc. That said, read the book, it is good.