2,663 miles. That is the length of the full Pacific Crest Trail. It stretches all the way from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Every year, hundreds of people start the trek in spring in hopes that they will make it to Canada before winter. Could you spend 6 months in the wilderness, hiking 20+ miles per day and living off of only what you could carry on your back? Would you do it if it was your significant other’s dream? Gail Storey did, and she survived to tell her tale in I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.
I’ll preface this by saying this isn’t my usual book genre of choice. I’m usually more of a classics or historic fiction girl (with the occasional biography thrown in). But, we love to backpack and one of my siblings has been planning on hiking the PCT so I Promise Not to Suffer was immediately appealing to me. It’s the perfect length for a plane ride or road trip (about 200 pages of actual story and about 10 pages of reference and equipment lists at the end). Perfect if you are planning a 3 day weekend for Labor Day.
I Promise Not to Suffer is about backpacking. But I found it to be just as much about love, marriage, inner strength, growth, discovery and the power of nature. Jared is not much of a reader himself, but I found myself updating him at the dinner table on their progress along the trail as if they were a close friend. I rooted for Gail when she questioned herself, and found myself wondering if I would be strong enough (physically and emotionally) to thru-hike the PCT myself.
By the end I wasn’t sure if I was ready to sell everything and head west to do the PCT or if the idea of it terrified me (maybe a little of both). Whether you are an experienced hiker or someone who has never set foot outside of a city, you can probably relate to Gail at some point during the book. She wasn’t always so keen on backpacking. I am glad I was given the opportunity to read this book and share it with you. I have a feeling this wont stay on my shelf long, I can think of a few people I would like to pass it to so they can enjoy it.
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail Storey is available on Amazon and in most (if not all) e-reader formats (including Kindle and in the Ipad iBook store).
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.