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Carrot Quinn Walks From Mexico to Canada: The Book Project

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 miles long. It runs from the Mexican border near San Diego all the way to the Canadian border in Washington. It runs through the Mojave Desert, where water sources can be up to fifteen miles apart, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, through the “green tunnel” of Oregon, into the fall rains (and sometimes snow) of Washington, and ends at Manning Park, Canada.

I am going to walk that trail. I am going to start walking the third week of April, and I am going to finish walking the last week of September. And I am going to be blogging about my experience every single day.

I am going to hike the trail alone. Except I won’t be alone; you’ll be with me. I’ve switched my cellphone provider to a company that has service for nearly the entire trail, and each night, while lying exhausted in my sleeping bag, the rain or the wind or the heat coming down around me, I’ll be using my iphone to tell you about my adventures.

First I am going to hike five-hundred miles through the desert, in one hundred degree heat, where there is no shade, and I am going to take you with me. Next I am going to hike through fields of snow, with only a map and compass, for weeks and weeks, and I am going to take you with me. I am going to ford frigid streams, swollen with snowmelt, which come nearly to my chest, and I am going to take you with me. I am going to walk until my shoes wear completely through, until my heels are made of leather, until I’m so sick of trail mix that I can barely eat. And I am going to tell you all about it.

There will be other people hiking the trail; some of these people will be super interesting. I will tell you about them. There will be epic highs and dismal lows; there will be wind, snow, and sun, treachery, despair, and ecstasy; I will strap you to me and take you along on every peak and valley of my journey.

And when I’ve finished hiking the trail I’m going to make a real, physical, actual print book of my journey that you can hold in your hands, along with an ebook version.

The money from this campaign will go to fund both part of the cost of my trip and the costs of printing a book. The money will cover my tent and backpack, my running shoes as I wear through them, the cost of transportation to San Diego, five months’ worth of trail mix and dried split pea soup, a professional editor, a beautiful cover design, and a print run of the book itself.

Here’s why you want to send me to hike and write about the Pacific Crest Trail:

I am really good at arduous overland journeys. I’ve ridden freight trains across the continent several times; I’ve hitchhiked over ten thousand miles (and to Alaska- twice!); I’ve backpacked in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

I love to write about my arduous overland journeys. I’ve been posting stories of my adventures on my blog for five years; My novella-length memoir of riding freight trains is a bestseller on Amazon in the "Travel Memoir" section.

Other people think I’m awesome too. I was recently a finalist for the Cheryl Strayed/VIDA Memoir Scholarship, and Jill Homer, author, Iditarod cyclist, and editor of the website Half Past Done: Endurance, Adventures, and Expeditions, has this to say about my writing:

"The gauge of good adventure literature is how deep the story injects its readers into the adventure. Does the story hold its readers at the periphery, offering only wide-angle views of a bewildering canyon? Does it place them in an accompanying boat on a river, where they can feel the water carry them toward an intriguing horizon? Or does it lash the reader and author together in open-eyed exhilaration as they plunge into the roiling rapids of the unknown? Carrot Quinn's small but lyrically robust memoir is one of those rare pieces of nonfiction adventure literature in the latter category, pulling its readers deep into the unique and fascinating world of the freight train stowaway."

When you pledge to my kickstarter campaign, you’re not only supporting me on my epic overland journey- you’re also buying advance copies of the book. It’s a win/win/win- I get to walk through the wilderness for 2,600 miles, you get daily updates and something real to hold in your hands. There are other perks, too, for other pledge amounts:

-An electronic copy of the book

-A signed copy of the book

-A hand-written postcard from the trail

-A box of handmade paleo chocolates: salted-honey dark chocolate almond butter cups, salted-honey coconut peppermint patties, and chocolate-covered sprouted almonds

-My undying gratitude

-Your name in the acknowledgements

-And if you throw down the serious dough, you can come hike with me for 2 days, anywhere on the trail that you’d like.

Risks and challenges

If it's a record snow year, there might be some delays in getting over the Sierras. If this happens I can skip to Northern California and hike south through the Sierras, and then flip back to Northern California and continue hiking north.

During the hike, I might be injured. If this happens I'll leave the trail for the amount of time it takes to recover, and then get back on. My goal is to finish the entire trail in five months- worse case scenario I either skip a section or finish hiking in the snow in Washington. If I'm injured in a way that makes it impossible for me to complete more than half of the trail, I'll still have enough material for a beautiful book, although it won't be as comprehensive.

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