Freddy, Phil and Don are three grumpy old men, travelling at various speeds in the slow lane of retirement, at a loss to understand the mad modern world around them. Their chosen method of escape from all this is a shared weekly hike in the Peak District, come gale, hail, snow or torrential rain. They pass the time bumping into colourful and eccentric locals, but their real passion is bickering among themselves. Not only about the right path to take, but also about where they're all going at the fag end of life. Phil likes to dash up hills trying to beat his personal best, while Freddy plots how to sabotage him - teasing him at leisure and asking deep and difficult questions. Stuck in the middle, Don's only ambition is to stop the squabbling getting out of hand long enough to find a nice pub for lunch. As warm as the wind is cold, as dry as the lashing rain is wet, The Hike is a hilarious tale of bum-warmers, crayfish-fanciers, East German Trabant enthusiasts, bodger philosophers, sticky ginger cake, gorgeous countryside and the subtle art of 'onedownmanship'.
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With lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world coupled with fun narrative featured throughout, this spirited picture book tells the victorious story of three girls' friendship—and their tribulations and triumphs in the great outdoors. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours. Featuring a glossary, a sketchbook by one of the characters, abundant labels throughout, and scientific backmatter, this book is a must-have for budding scientists, best friends, and all adventurers. And it proves, as if proof were needed, what epic things can happen right in your own backyard.
“The Hike just works. It’s like early, good Chuck Palahniuk. . . . Magary underhands a twist in at the end that hits you like a sharp jab at the bell. . . . It’s just that good.” —NPR.org “A page-turner. . . . Inventive, funny. . . . Quietly profound and touching.”—BoingBoing From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tales and video games into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects. On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path. At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival. From the Hardcover edition.
Five women set off into the Willamette National Forest in the Oregon Cascades, primed for a hiking trip filled with relaxation and breathtaking scenery. Lexi Reynolds, a happily married real estate mogul in the mood to celebrate, heads the show. With Lexi is her sister, Leni, from New York; her secretary, Susie, who’s about to get married; a friend, Sally, who hopes to clear her head in the mountain air; and Carol Lyn, who doesn’t want to be there at all. Lexi has no idea that earlier in the week her husband hired someone to kill her. In a dark bar, Bart Reynolds made a plan with the odious Freddie “The Ferret” Feretsky. Bart wants his wife dead by the time he’s back from an innocent trip to Vegas, but he pays the Ferret to knock off Lexi—no one else. Bart has no idea that he’s hired a monster that will stop at nothing to fulfill a constant lust for human blood. What began as a peaceful romp through the quiet wilderness is about to turn into a fight to survive for five women who never saw it coming. The Ferret is on their trail, but he may have gotten in over his head. If they survive, this hike may take them all into the mouth of madness.
For those of us who have witnessed a loved one suffer and been able to do nothing about it, this book is for you. For those of us who have felt depression and helplessness in the face of grief, this book is for you. For those of us who believe that their faith in life can be renewed in an incredible way, this book is for you. For those who believe in miracles that happen every day, this book is for you. This is the amazing, true, and personal story of an ordinary Midwestern woman who goes through life experiences, good and bad. In her darkest days and in the grip of despair, she has an extraordinary experience that is unexplainable in many ways. If you think that in the end, love is the only thing left, it’s because it is. If you think that the universe behaves in mysterious ways, it’s because it does. A story like this will help you understand and answer many questions, but like any good tale, it will lead to more. Join Laurie in her journey that changes her life forever as she learns things about her loved ones she never would have guessed and as her faith and inner peace grow in unexpected ways. As she discovers her courage, her limits, her strengths, and herself again, she will never be the same, and neither will you.
If it's not about the hike, then what is it about? It's about inspiration. It's about motivation. It's about how two fifty-something women took on an enormous challenge and met it with courage and conviction—and about how you can do the same, no matter what challenges you face. It's Not About the Hike tells the story of Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper, two non-hikers who decide to climb the sixty-seven highest mountains in New England. In the process, they discover inner reserves of strength, they take friendship to new heights, and they journey to the summits of mountains and into the depths of their beings. This collection of Sporborg's hike reports shows readers how to move out of their comfort zones and ride the “grace wave” toward their dreams.
"Effective leadership starts on the inside. If you don't know and accept yourself for who you are, how can you encourage and help others to be their best? Read The Hike and learn this important lesson of forgiveness and personal growth, and in the process, improve your relationships with everyone whose lives you touch." - Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(r) and Lead with LUV Stuart has the perfect life. However, just below the crumbling facade, he is steeped in guilt and shame. His life is a disaster and is about to explode. His world unravels as the burden of living a double life becomes too heavy and out of the blue, the Board demands his resignation. The prospect of sharing the news of his unemployment with his wife is more than he can take and suicidal thoughts become entrenched in his mind. He decides the best thing to do is to end it all, but his friend Abe interrupts his disastrous scheme. Every year Abe and Stuart plan an adventurous weekend. This year they'll hike through a range of mountains Stuart has never experienced and he decides to use the adventure to find the perfect cliff for an "accidental" fall. Yet it is no accident that Stuart and Abe team up with other hikers who represent every constraint in Stuart's life: fear, pride, doubt, anger, and lust. Stuart's eyes are opened to leadership skills he's never seen or heard of before. Leaders learn how to address and remove personal and professional constraints in order to build healthy relationships. The results are ethical fortitude, increased productivity and profitability, and unending personal growth. Only then can Individuals be a continual positive influence in other people's lives. The Hike is life changing and reveals the missing link to transformational and successful leadershi
Featuring 50 of the state's best hikes, with an additional 52 honorable mention hikes, Hiking Oregon is the ticket to experiencing the Beaver State's remarkable diversity. This one-of-a-kind guidebook will take outdoor enthusiasts on hikes along rugged, rocky coastline to historic lighthouses; through scented, sagebrush high desert and magnificent lava plains; to the tops of volcanic peaks; past cascading waterfalls; and alongside wild and scenic rivers.
Fully revised and updated, Hiking Grand Canyon National Park provides first-hand descriptions and detailed maps for all of the park's developed trails as well as tips on safety, hiking with children, access, and services. Includes fifteen hikes in the South Rim and thirteen hikes in the North Rim.