Inspiring and entertaining account of a 4300km solo hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Despite never having hiked before, George Spearing decided to take 'leave of absence' from his job as a firefighter in the New Zealand Fire Service and walk the length of America. Travelling entirely on foot and off road, his five month journey takes him through the desert areas and snowbound High Sierra Nevada of California, the Cascade ranges of Oregon and Washington and finally emerges in the Okanogan Forest of British Columbia, Canada. The diverse mix of Mojave desert, High Sierra snows and the characters and wildlife met along the way, provide an often humorous look at the US and its wilderness through the eyes of a New Zealander. The lively easily read style, along with several images, provides an entertaining and inspiring read for anyone contemplating hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or for anyone who enjoys a good adventure story.
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George Spearing was born and educated in the UK, spending two years as a cadet at the shore based naval training school HMS Conway before going to sea at age sixteen.
Emigrating to New Zealand six years later, he worked at a variety of jobs before joining the New Zealand Fire Service in which he served for twenty seven years in the Auckland Brigade, retiring with the rank of Station Officer. He now lives in Oamaru, South Island, NZ. 'Dances With Marmots' is his first full length book. He has had several outdoor magazine articles published plus a fictional short story published in Air New Zealand's flight magazine.
George continues his adventures and has since crewed on a 40ft yacht to New Caledonia and Australia, hiked the length of New Zealand's North Island and has also recently walked the length of Great Britain.
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