17 responses

  1. Ben Simon
    May 20, 2013

    Wow, powerful story. Thanks for sharing.

    • Suzanne Roberts
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks, Ben.

  2. David
    May 20, 2013

    I sent this to one of my daughters.

    • Suzanne Roberts
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks, I hope she likes it!

  3. Captainmouse
    May 20, 2013

    Took my breath away. (And the pictures were lovely too.)

    • Suzanne Roberts
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks for your kind words. The pictures are from my last trip on the TRT, so the dog here is Ely, not Dylan, though they have a similar spirit.

  4. Keith Foskett (Fozzie)
    May 20, 2013

    Looking for potential partners on the basis of whether they like hiking, ski-ing and your dog is fine in my book, and I don’t even have a dog.
    Great post. We’ve all been there, tethered to the slippery slope, knuckles white as finger tips try and gain purchase and remember, never, ever look down.
    Thanks.

    • Suzanne Roberts
      May 20, 2013

      I guess it IS a place to start, but the list, I have learned, should be a bit longer. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Sean
    May 20, 2013

    Yeah, that was intense. Good life lesson.

  6. Tim
    May 20, 2013

    As always a good job Suzanne. Hey, you made it to the top of Dick’s Peak. This fellow height challenged hiker tends to hang out at Dicks Pass instead. You’ve come a long way:From Jack to a guy that would let you poop in his hat.

  7. Gail Storey
    May 20, 2013

    Suzanne! I LOVE your book ALMOST SOMEWHERE–it’s in my study on a special shelf of favorite books I like to be reminded of. You’re a kindred spirit, and I’m especially thrilled to read your post here. You write so well, with a gorgeous mix of adventure and personal detail about the deepening effects of hiking the JMT. Huge congratulations on all your awards and the success your book is having reaching a wide audience. I hope to meet you in person someday, maybe our book tours will cross!

    • Suzanne Roberts
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks, Gail. I am so glad you enjoyed Almost Somewhere. I am happy to have found out about your book here and am looking forward to reading it. Here’s to our paths, or trails, crossing soon!

  8. hans honegger
    May 20, 2013

    Terrific Suzanne. I appreciate how generous you are in revealing your humanity.
    The common sense requirement is familiar to many of us. White water canoeing is also an excellent partnership test. XOXO HH

    • Suzanne Roberts
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks, Hans!

  9. Karen Berger
    May 20, 2013

    Loved the story and the writing — and I swear I’ve been out there with a few of those “it’ll be quicker if we head straight down off the ridge” guys. Also liked revisiting some familiar and beautiful places on/near the PCT But the powerful lesson you learned hit home — I’m a slow learner. It took me a lot longer.

  10. kelly
    May 23, 2013

    Your story brought back a few memories that I probably would have preferred not to revive about some of the blokes I have had the dubious pleasure of spending time in the bush with. I guess that if you keep looking long enough you will eventually bump into the right type as I have now and as we keep on travelling the great Australian bush it just gets better and better.

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