I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

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Gail Storey was definitely not a hiker, never mind a camper. But when her husband, Porter, leaves his job as a hospice doctor to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let him go alone--even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston home, hiking twenty miles a day while popping anti-depressants and hormones, and sleeping outside for six months terrifies her. Carrying Porter's handmade ultralight equipment, they sizzle in the Mojave Desert, nearly drown fording a swollen river, kick steps up icy mountains in the High Sierra, and stumble through the lava fields of Oregon. With every step and switchback, as the trials of the trail test and deepen their relationship, Gail and Porter each walk into the question Who am I? Gail, confronting dangerous weight loss and her mother's prolonged illness back home, feels herself irrevocably changed by life on the trail. She faces down a mountain lion and fierce alpine storms, alternately frightened by nature's power and inspired by its profound force--finding a wisdom that three master's degrees and a life in the city never taught her. This journey of harrowing hilarity and reluctant revelations will be loved by active hikers (appendices include details of their unique ultralight gear and other essential how-to information), fans of female adventure stories, and those just as happy at home kicking back with a glass of champagne.

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Gail D. Storey is the author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, Winner of the Barbara Savage Award from The Mountaineers Books (2013). Her first novel, The Lord's Motel (Persea Books, NY), was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "a tale of unwise judgments and wise humor." Her second novel, God's Country Club (Persea Books, NY) was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. She has won many awards, and her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in numerous magazines. Her literary papers are archived in the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. Formerly administrative director of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, she is now a hoopdancer and comic performance artist. She is married to Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM, a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine. Together they bicycled on their tandem from Maine to San Diego, and now live in Boulder, Colorado.

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Of the many books that I have read about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, none have captured the trail experience from so many different perspectives. Single hikers, couples, and those who stay behind will all enjoy Gail Storey's account of the challenges, the beauty, and the PCT community found along the way."---Liz Bergeron, Executive Director and CEO, Pacific Crest Trail Association.

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