I love reading books about people surviving nature. This offering from NetGalley caught my eye:
by Christy Teglo
A new hiker decides to try the 222-mile John Muir Trail–and survives!
I picked up Christy Teglo’s memoir, Weathered: Finding strength on the John Muir Trail (Perspective Through Adventure 2021) mostly out of curiosity. How does a thirty-something woman who wasn’t a hiker (though she did love the outdoors) decide her first great hiking adventure should be the daunting 220-mile John Muir trail. That is a monster of a hike, started by many finished by few, that starts in Yosemite Valley, winds its way through the California High Sierra mountains, and finishes at Mount Whitney. That’s the 14,494-foot tall Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Not only does she pick this hike, she finishes it, proving her chops at preparation and tenacity for a grueling ordeal.
In this book, Christy provides a template on how she does it, including preparation, foods she bought, equipment she selected, physical preparation, and everything in between. Then, she takes you on the trek with her, each of the twenty-one days, what she covered, saw, ate, people she met, how she became stronger each step of the way. In the end, she discovers she not only proved to herself she can do anything she sets her mind to, she figures out what to do about her failing marriage and the rest of her life.
Here is a sampling:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Spring 2022