Sunday, April 6, 2008

Vintage Guidebooks

Here are a few pics of some vintage PCT books we've picked up along the way.  The first photo is of two 1st edition PCT guidebooks from 1973 and 1974 respectively.  One covers the state of California, the other Oregon and Washington.

This next one shows a 1st edition John Muir Trail (JMT) guidebook from 1978 along with a National Geographic photobook from 1975.

This last shot is of a 1971 book titled "The High Adventure of Eric Ryback."  Ryback claims he was the first person to thru-hike the PCT.  Many have disputed his claims but the fact remains that he walked a significant portion of the trail before there were guidebooks or even an actual trail.  The first confirmed thru-hiker was Richard Watson who finished the trail on Sept. 1, 1972.

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