Mud and Bug both love the same thing: hiking. Certain that this passion can transcend the complications of their relationship, they set off on a journey to walk from Canada to Mexico, 2,660 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Together, they brave snow-covered slopes in the Cascades of Washington, walk through lava fields in Oregon, navigate a smoky haze of wildfire in Northern California, climb eleven thousand foot mountain passes in the High Sierra and revel in the desolate beauty of the Mojave desert in fall.
Shortly into the trek, they find that navigating their changing relationship is just as hard as navigating the wilderness. There's no doubt that each will complete the journey, but will they finish together?
A Walk with Mud is an honest, compassionate look into the physical and emotional ups and downs of an epic journey. With graceful narration, this memoir puts you right in the center of the most beautiful places on the West Coast. Moments of love, heartbreak, humor and sincerity keep the story fresh and engaging up to the very last page.
"This book is an absolute gem! I literally could not put it down! Anna Herby takes you on the adventure of a lifetime when she decides to hike southbound on the Pacific Crest Trail with her best friend. A must read for hikers, adventure seekers, nature lovers and anyone who has ever been in love. One of the best thru hiking stories I've read! Well done Anna...you are a true talent!"
"A poignant story of friendship and humanity set against the backdrop of the beautiful and harrowing Pacific Crest Trail. The author provides an honest, heart-wrenching glimpse into the world of thru-hiking that will keep you captivated until the very end. A must read for all those who have or who long to go on a really long walk."
"This is the best PCT memoir I've read. A beautiful story about acceptance and friendship, when everything seems heightened on the trail. I connected to Bug's story and admire her greatly. Insightful, well written, a page turner. I loved it."
"I've read several books from people who have hiked the AT or PCT. This is one of the BEST! I could visualize almost every step. I felt those blisters, was thirsty and lonesome. Was dazzled by the views at the top of the ridges and mountains. Bug and Mud's relationship was iffy at best and I sympathized with them both. I thoroughly enjoyed also the information given about vegan diets. Although not a very long book, it's crammed packed with info, angst, wonder and most of all feelings (of all sorts). This is not one to miss if you're at all interested in hiking."
"Inspiring, yet honest look at the toll a journey (of any type) takes on a relationship, and in the end, why it is worth it. Obviously the author has some understanding in both areas. Well developed characters strike a definite hit. I enjoyed the read immensely."
"This book brought me back to the trail. I felt like I was there. Honest, pure, vulnerable, real. By far, my favorite book on the PCT."