My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I picked this book up because I thru hiked the Continental Divide Trail and also wrote ( “In the Path of Young Bulls”) about my own experiences on the mind blowing adventure.
I could not put Brian’s story down and read it in one day. Brian Cornell authored a well written account of his 2018 thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. He’s divided the book into five major sections reflecting each the Rocky Mountain States, with each of state night lighting five 24-to-48 hour periods with their own subheadings that reflecting topics that interest the hiker. Brian’s ability to sincerely reflect on his experiences adds further insight into what one wears, thinks about, and eats as the 20 mile and plus days add up in his northbound five month long adventure.
While I gave the book five stars some of his information is not entirely accurate. For example, when he finds himself caught in a thunderstorm on an open field Brian erroneously take cover in a grove of trees, unaware that standing near a tall tree puts one at risk to be struck by lightning passing from a tall tree into the ground one where one stands. His practice of daily ibuprofen washed down with bleach purified water isn’t something I’d do.
But the practices that Brian shares with the prospective hiker more than out weigh the few times he makes questionable actions, and aren’t mistakes the open door to adopting new more positive habits ? Brian’s choices become strong links in the chain of positive habits that he incorporates into his evolving responses to the unique challenges that he faced as he struggled to eventually successfully complete his amazing hike.