A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski

Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 by »

Today we take an in depth look at the second event in the April “Adventure Series” sponsored by the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness: “A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski”

Join Erin and Hig on Wednesday, April 7, at 6PM at the Sandpoint Community Hall. Hear readings from Erin’s new book, A Long Trek Home; 4000 Miles by Boot Raft and Ski.

In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, left Seattle for the Aleutian Islands, traveling solely by human power through some of the most rugged terrain in the world. This book tells the story of their unprecedented trek along the northwest coast and their encounters with pelting rains, ferocious winds, blizzards, and bears, as well as with the tiny communities that dot this wild region. Come see photos, videos, and gear. Ask your burning questions about how and why people would do such a thing. And get a copy signed by the author!

An epic wilderness adventure, their journey is also one of learning and discovery. Erin and Hig set out with a desire to better understand the interplay between human communities, ecosystems, and natural resources along their route. They pass through clear cuts, mining areas, and streams with declining wilds salmon populations. By taking each mile step by step, they intimately explore the coastal regions of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.

By hiking, cross-country skiing, and pack rafting, they see the wilderness in its larger context and gain a unique, on-the-ground perspective.
Whether discussing politics with off-the-grid back-to-the-landers, spooking a grizzly from the underbrush, repairing gear with dental floss, or catching a still-warm pizza falling from the sky, Erin and Hig experience a rich and varied coast, a world facing destructive change, but with hope for a sustainable future.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness as part of our Adventure Series.  Open to the public, free of charge.

For more information visit: http://www.groundtruthtrekking.org

About The Author:

Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

An avid long distance hiker, Phil's experience on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trails brought a passion for wild places and motivated him to work towards protecting the one of the last and largest wild places in northern Idaho and Western Montana, the Scotchman Peaks.

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