Seven Summers (And a Few Bummers) (Paperback)

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The genesis of this book actually started with an earlier book, Cascade Summer, his memoir of hiking Oregon’s portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Bob and his brother-in-law Glenn Peterson planned to walk 452 miles across Oregon.  That adventure whetted the hiking buddy’s appetite for a larger challenge, hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail, not in one long slog, but in smaller gulps spread across seven years.  Seemed doable, the two men are great pals who clearly make great trail buddies, both are experienced hikers.  But nature and life have a voice in the matter.  Snow, fire, heat, and such intervened.  Family tragedies, and human frailty challenged from time to time.  Bob even suffers an ant attack. So, it took a little bit longer than seven summers.

However, the tone of this memoir is upbeat and fun.  Both men are alive to the beauty and grandeur of nature. There are funny incidents and friendships made on the trail.  Most of all, it takes the reader along for a hike through some of the most gorgeous, spectacular landscape on the planet. Lots of black and white photos show the beauty of the trail, document Bob and Glenn’s efforts, and show the people encountered.  If you like being in the out of doors, going for a hike, don’t miss this book!  It doesn’t matter if most of us will never hike the full Pacific Crest Trail, Bob Welch is letting us tag along, sharing the adventure in the pages of his book.     

— Deon Stonehouse


SEVEN SUMMERS, a sequel to Cascade Summer (2012), answers one question among many: After "just doing Oregon," can two sixty-something brothers-in-law complete the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail that defeats more than half those who attempt it? Poignant, poetic, and fall-down funny, this endearing story from the award-winning Welch will help readers understand the soul of America's iconic trail, laugh in the face of aging, celebrate friendship, and-hikers or not-consider living life with more thirst for adventure.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780977230655
ISBN-10: 0977230651
Publisher: Robert Stephen Welch
Publication Date: September 11th, 2023
Pages: 378
Language: English